St Brigid’s senior camogie team were celebrating last week after they clinched the Senior 2 League title, and promotion to Division 1, after a hard-fought victory against Good Counsel at Russell Park.
Playing against their nearest rivals in the league, Naomh Brid were well aware that nothing less than a win would bring home the Division 2 title and got off to a positive start, with points from Elaine Duncan and Zoe Cole. Counsel began to settle into the match and were soon back on level terms.
The teams swapped points, with Grainne Quinn and Katie Murphy scoring for Brigid’s before Aisling Kelly grabbed the crucial score of the opening half, catching the ball at the edge of the square and scoring in the corner of the net.
Dublin captain Quinn added a further point, to give Brigid’s a half-time lead of 1-5 to 0-6.
Counsel brought themselves back into the game at the start of the second half with a well-taken team goal, but their single point lead was soon reversed when a move that went the length of the field saw Kelly secure a major once again.
Further points from Kelly and Murphy were offset by two Counsel points leaving Brigid’s with a three-point lead and 10 minutes remaining.
That last stanza was a defensive masterclass from the home side, repelling wave after wave of Counsel attacks, and nerves were finally settled when Kelly added to her personal tally with a free from 60 yards.
The team were presented with the league trophy after the match by minor board chairperson Patsy Powell. The team will take confidence from their success into their senior championship match in the next two weeks.
Naomh Brid; Collette Coady, Natalie Heffernan, Lorraine O’Connell, Joanne Bruen, Annie Kirwan, Grainne Quinn (0-03), Trish Bruen, Niamh Adams, Nancy Ferris, Elaine Duncan (0-01), Katie Murphy (0-02), Zoe Cole (0-01), Rachel O Connor, Christine Norton, Aisling Kelly (2-02). Subs: Sile Coughlan, Ciara Deegan, Siobhan Cahill, Aoibheann Ni Shuilleabhain.