Galway v Tipperary – Semi Final: U16 All Ireland Championship

U16 A Championship

Galway v Tipperary
Date: 15 Jul, 4pm
Venue: Mallow GAA (map)
Referee: Barry Nea

FT: Galway 4-8 Tipperary 0-5


By Sarah Gaughran (Galway Camogie PRO)

As the saying goes, goals win matches. Four goals from Mary Brigid Cosgrove (2), Emma Barrett and substitute Katie Flaherty were key to Galway’s victory over Tipperary in the All-Ireland U16 Semi Final. Two goals at the end of the first half and one at the beginning of the second half helped lay the foundation for the victory for Galway. A big performance was needed from Galway.

It was Tipperary who started the brightest with points from Sophie Lee and Caoimhe Stakelum. After the poor start, Galway began to find their range with four points without reply. Katie Lawless (2) and Cara O’Brien, through a free and from a 45, brought Galway into the lead at the mid-way point of the half. It was a lead that Galway would never relinquish. Stakelum brought one between the sides on 20 minutes, but Galway finished the half the strongest scoring 2-1 without reply. Emma Barrett broke through the Tipperary defence to get her first goal of the championship on the 23rd minute. Then just before the break, Mary Brigid Cosgrove got her first goal of the day. Cosgrove ensured that Galway were going into the half time break adding a point to her tally to leave it Galway 2-5 Tipperary 0-3 heading into the half time break.

It was important that Galway carried the momentum that they had built up at the end of the first half into the second half. Cosgrove found the back of the net on the 34th minute with her second major of the day. Emily Lawless followed up with two quickfire points from play on the 41st and 42nd minutes. Scores were hard to come by at times in the second half. It took Tipperary 28 minutes before they recorded their first score of the half through a point from Ciara Cahill. Galway were determined not to let Tipperary back into the game. 1-1 from substitute Katie Flaherty ensured that Galway would be heading to the All-Ireland final. Substitute Maeve Cunneen got the final score of the game for Tipperary with a well taken point from play, but it was Galway who ran out victorious n a scoreline of Galway 4-8 Tipperary 0-5.

The Galway girls will now have their sights set on the All-Ireland title where they will be facing Cork on the 29th of July at 4:30PM in UPMC Nowlan Park. They will be delighted with the performance. Goals are key factors in games and the team showed that they can work goal scoring chances. The defence also preformed well on the day keeping Tipperary scoreless for a period of 38 minutes. A big performance will be required against a Cork side that has a comfortable victory against Wexford in the second semi-final.

L Horan, C E Fahey, A Morgan, M Ní Lionsaigh, E Dillion, R Kilkenny, R Gardiner, L Behan, E Barrett (1-0), C O’Brien (0-2, 0-1F, 0-1 45m), Katie Lawless (0-2), K O’Driscoll, E Lawless (0-2), M Rodgers, M B Cosgrove (2-1)
Substitutes: C S Fahy for O’Brien (47mins), K Flaherty (1-1) for Cosgrove (53mins), A Conway for E Lawless
(53mins), D Grealish for Barrett (55mins), R Cahill for Dillion (61mins)



(Back L- R) Laoise McGrath (C), Sarah Nolan, Caoimhe E Fahey,  Aoife Flynn, Ciara Power, Grace Tarpey, Róisín Cahill, Caoimhe S Fahey, Emily Lawless, Aoife O’Meara,  Amy Morgan,  Leah Horan, Katie Flaherty, Emma Deely, Emily Dillon, Cara O’Brien, Amanda Conway, Maeve Ní Loinsigh, Caoilin Corban, Aoife Scarry, Aoife Jordan, Emily Noone  
(Front L – R)  Eva Ruane, Evie Ryan, Leah Behan, Mia Rodgers, Rebecca Gardiner, Róisín Casey, Eva McGlynn, Allison Morrissey,  Emma Barrett, Mary Brigid Cosgrove, Danielle Grealish, Alannah Farrell, Katie Lawless, Ruth Kilkenny, Clodagh Burke, Tarron Kilkenny, Kerri O’Driscoll (VC), Kate Murray     
Photo credit: Michael Gough