Galway v Laois: 2022 Glen Dimplex All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship, Round 1
Venue: Duggan Park, Ballinasloe
Date: 21 May 2022, 12pm
Referee: Philip McDonald.
Final score: Galway 0-20 Laois 0-12
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Galway got their Glen Dimplex All Ireland Intermediate Championship off to a winning start on Saturday when they overcame Laois in Duggan Park, Ballinasloe. Galway who lined out with a youthful side that included 2 players from the Galway Minor team that lost out to Cork in the All Ireland Final will be delighted to have their championship off to winning ways.
Laura Kelly opened the scoring inside the opening minute for Galway after she received a well-placed, cross field ball from Tegan Canning. Canning added to Galway’s tally a minute after this while Grainne Delaney responded 30 seconds later for Laois. Galway minor, Niamh McInerny got her first score at intermediate level for Galway in the 4th minute. Galway had a goal chance in the 5th minute when Cora Kenny broke through the Laois defence, but Aedin Lowry pulled off a fantastic save in the Laois net. Katie Gilchrist was on the rebound, but her shot was also denied by Laois corner back Karla Whelan while Kenny ended up batting Gilchrist’s rebound over the bar to leave Galway 0-4 to 0-1 ahead. Aimee Collier reduced the deficit for Laois from the restart while Kenny and McInerny replied quickly with points for Galway. Collier added 2 points through a frees to Laois’s score line, but Laura Kelly (2 frees) and Canning continued to extend Galway’s tally to leave it Galway 0-9 Laois 0-4 at the halfway stage of the half.
Collier pointed another free for Laois on the 17th minute while Canning responded with a long-range point for Galway. Fiona Ryan denied Laois a goal chance on the 21st minute when a long range free from Collier landed dangerously in the square. Andrea Scully got one of the scores of the game in the 23rd minute when she shot over a point from a very tight angle for Laois. Laura Loughnane replied with a long-range effort for Galway while Scully responded a minute later with a point for Laois. Loughnane added to her tally in the 28th minute with another long-range point while Kelly slotted over a free just before the end of the half to leave it Galway 0-13 Laois 0-7 at half time.
Kelly continued the way she ended the first half when she pointed a free for Galway in the 32nd minute. Kenny got her third point of the day while Collier responded with 2 points through frees to leave it Galway 0-15 Laois 0-9, 11 minutes into the second half. Kirsten Keenan got her opening score of the game on the 42nd minute while Kelly replied a minute later with a fantastic long range free. The rain then began to fall heavily in Duggan Park. Collier added another free to her tally while Lowery pulled off another fantastic save to deny Galway another goal opportunity. Canning, Loughnane, substitute Shannon Corcoran and Gilchrist replied with points for Galway while Collier pointed the last score of the game in the 30th minute through a free to leave it Galway 0-20 Laois 0-12.
Galway will be delighted with their performance. It is clear that the team have improved immensely from their league quarter final against Cork a few weeks back. Ciara Hickey, Emma Madden, Katie Anna Porter, Jennifer Hughes, Tegan Canning, Niamh McInerny, Laura Kelly, Cora Kenny and Katie Gilchrist all performed well for the westerners while Aedin Lowery, Clodagh Tynan, Alice Walsh, Grainne Delaney, Aimee Collier and Andrea Scully preformed well for Laois. Galway will face Carlow next Saturday at 2PM in Duggan Park Ballinasloe. The girls will be looking to keep their winning streak alive.
Galway: Laura Kelly 0-6 (0-5f), Tegan Canning 0-4, Cora Kenny 0-3, Laura Loughnane 0-3, Niamh McInerny 0-2, Katie Gilchrist 0-1, Shannon Corcoran 0-1
Laois: Aimee Collier 0-8 (0-7F), Andrea Scully 0-2, Grainne Delaney 0-1, Kirsten Keenan 0-1
Galway: 1. Fiona Ryan, 2. Ciara Hickey, 3. Sarah Lyons, 4. Emma Madden, 5. Katie Anna Porter, 6. Lisa Casserly, 7. Katie Manning, 8. Eva Gilmore, 9. Jennifer Hughes, 10. Tegan Canning, 11. Laura Kelly, 12. Laura Loughnane, 13. Niamh McInerney, 14. Cora Kenny, 15. Katie Gilchrist.
Substitutes: Shannon Corcoran for Laura Kelly, Ally Hesnan for Eva Gillmore, Olwen Rabbitte for Laura Loughnane, Alannah Kelly for Katie Manning, Caoimhe Reidy for Tegan Canning
Laois: 1. Aedin Lowry, 2. Karla Whelan, 3. Fiona Scully, 4. Katie Dunican, 5. Jade Bergin, 6. Clodagh Tynan, 7. Leah Daly, 8. Alice Walsh, 9. Jessie Quinlan, 10. Aiva Coss, 11. Aimee Collier, 12. Grainne Delaney, 13. Gemma Hoare, 14. Kirsten Keenan, 15. Andrea Scully
Substitutes: Grainne O’Reilly for Grainne Delaney, Meabh Deegan for Kirsten Keenan.
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