Galway v Westmeath: 2022 Glen Dimplex All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship, Round 3
Venue: TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar, Westmeath
Date: 4 Jun, 2pm
Referee: Gavin Donegan
FT: Galway 1-15 Westmeath 0-11
by Sarah Gaughran, PRO Galway Camogie
Galway’s Intermediate team maintained their unbeaten recorded in their Glen Dimplex Intermediate Camogie Championship when they overcame 2019 Intermediate champions Westmeath in their round 3 game. Galway who made 2 changes to the team that overcame Carlow the week before. Galway, who haven’t played Westmeath at Intermediate level since they lost out to them in the 2019 All Ireland final were the strongest team throughout the contest.
Laura Kelly opened the scoring for Galway with a fantastic long-range point in the opening 20 seconds. On the 8th minute, Niamh McPeake delivered a cross-field ball into the path of Cora Kenny and Kenny, who was being tackled by 3 defenders for Westmeath, took on the Westmeath defence and stuck the ball in the back of net. Kenny added another point 30 seconds later while Emma Broughan responded with Westmeath’s first and only score of the half straight from the puck out to leave it Galway 1-2 Westmeath 0-1 after 10 minutes. Galway were in the driving seat for the rest of the half scoring 6 points without reply. Tegan Canning, Niamh McPeake (2), Kelly through a free, Katie Glichrist and Laura Loughnane all added points to extend Galway’s lead and to leave it Galway 1-8 Westmeath 0-1 at half time.
Megan Dowdall slotted over a point straight from the restart for Westmeath. Kelly, through a free, and Broughan swapped scores on the 35th and 37th minutes. McPeake responded for Galway on the 38th minute after she received a great pass from Kenny. Shiela McGrath and Dowdall through a 45 added to Westmeath’s tally while Kelly replied with a free on the 45th minute to leave it Galway 1-11 Westmeath 0-5 with 15 minutes to go. Dowdall added another 45m free to her tally on the 48th minute but Loughnane and Niamh McInerny replied with points to extend Galway’s lead heading into the final 10 minutes. McGrath and McInerny exchanged scores on the 51st and 52nd minute respectively. Westmeath finished the strongest with points coming from Dowdall, Roisin Scally and a fantastic long range free from Muireann Scally. Olwen Rabbitte replied with a point for Galway while Dowdall added a point for Westmeath through free on the 63rd minute. Westmeath almost had a goal chance in the last play, but Fiona Ryan pulled off two fantastic saves in the Galway net to leave it Galway 1-15 Westmeath 0-11.
Galway who are lining out with a youthful team will be delighted to get the win over Westmeath who have had 2 years of Senior Camogie under their belt. Galway’s support play and running off the ball must be commended while in the back they hunted in packs to ensure Westmeath did not break through. Fiona Ryan, Ciara Donohue, Lisa Casserly, Laura Kelly, Tegan Canning, Cora Kenny and Niamh McPeake were some of Galway’s best performers while for Westmeath, Fiona Keating, Muireann Scally, Sheila McGrath, Aoife O’Malley, Megan Dowdall and Emma Broughan all performed well. Galway have a break for the upcoming weekend and they will face Dublin away on the 18th of June.
1. Fiona Ryan, 2. Caoimhe Starr, 18. Alannah Kelly, 4. Ciara Donohue, 5. Katie Manning, 6. Lisa Casserly (c), 7. Ciara Hickey, 8. Laura Kelly, 9. Jennifer Hughes, 10. Niamh McInerney, 11. Katie Gilchrist, 12. Tegan Canning (vc), 13. Cora Kenny, 14. Niamh McPeake, 15. Laura Loughnane.
Substitutes: Sarah Lyons for Kelly, Ally Hesnan for Hughes, Shannon Corcoran for Kelly, Olwen Rabbitte for McInerny, Siobhan Divilly for Manning.
Galway Scorers: L Kelly 0-4 (0-3F), C Kenny 1-1, N McPeake 0-3, N McInerny 0-2, L Loughnane 0-2, T Canning 0-1, K Gilchrist 0-1 and O Rabbitte 0-1.
1. Fiona Keating (JC), 2. Sandra McGrath, 3. Meabh Scally, 4. Emily McCabe, 5. Laura Doherty, 6. Muireann Scally, 7. Sheila McGrath, 22. Una Lenoard, 9. Aoife O’Malley, 21. Karen Gaffney, 11. Maria Kelly, 12. Megan Dowdall (JC), 13. Emma Broughan, 14. Denise McGrath, 17. Roisin Scally. Substitutes: Hannah Core for Lenoard, Elaine Finn for Gaffney, Caoimhe Scally for Kelly.
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This week is PRIDE week. The Camogie Association strives to be inclusive of everyone and has launched PRIDE Round, an initiative which involves affording the third round of the Glen Dimplex All-Ireland Championship the dedicated name of “PRIDE Round”. PRIDE Round offers us the opportunity to make all members of our Camogie Family and the wider community feel welcome, safe, included, and celebrated. Galway Camogie are encouraging any supporters going to the Intermediate match on Saturday to wear Pride colours and to bring Pride flags! We are delighted to have the pride colours as part of our jersey!