AISLING MAHER bagged 2-7 as Dublin champions St Vincent’s booked their place in the Leinster Club Camogie Championship final with a commanding win over Kilkenny’s Thomastown in Marino on Saturday.
Hopes had been high for a Thomastown victory after their county final display against Dicksboro, but St Vincent’s – who have ‘Taggy’ Fogarty and Canice Hickey on the coaching staff – are a very well coached team.
And while Maher was again the star player for St Vincent’s Niamh Hetherton’s 1-1 was also key in the Marino girls’ win.
The deadlock was broken on the 4th minute when Hetherton scored a point from play and this was very quickly followed up by an Alison Maguire goal.
Maher stepped up to take a free from around 20 metres out 25 minutes in from the Thomastown goal, everyone in the grounds assumed she would tap it over the bar, but she had different ideas and hit a shot to the top corner.
Maher followed up her goal with two points before Muireann Kelliher slottedslotting the ball to the Thomastown net.
A minute later and Hetherton had a green flag been waved high in the air as well, and at half-time Vinnie’s went in 4-5 to 0-6 ahead.
The teams traded points and it was even enough up to the 52nd minute.
Like Maher in the first half, Eva Hynes stepped up for Thomastown to take a free, from 30 metres out, and fired home to offer hope to the Cats side.
But Vincent’s responded by scoring two points of their own both coming from the stick of Maher.
Time was almost up and with nine points the difference Maher rounded goalie Kate McDonald in the third minute of injury time to slot the ball home and secure a victory for St Vincent’s who now eye up another massive title.
Photo: The Cabinteely under-8 camogie squad that took part in the National Camogie Blitz
at the Indoor Sports Centre in Abbotstown in Dublin 15 last weekend