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All-Ireland intermediate club camogie final finishes all-square between Lismore and Ballyhale Shamrocks

The sides will have to meet again on 16 March after playing out a draw at Croke Park.

Ballyhale Shamrocks' Kellyanna Cottrell and Grainne Kenneally of Lismore.
Ballyhale Shamrocks' Kellyanna Cottrell and Grainne Kenneally of Lismore.
Image: ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Lismore 0-9
Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-6

LISMORE RALLIED LATE on to earn themselves a second chance after Ballyhale had looked to have won the AIB All-Ireland intermediate club camogie title with a strong second-half display.

With Róisín Fennelly in inspirational form at full-back, the Shamrocks had turned a three-point interval deficit into a two-point lead with less than three minutes of normal time remaining.

Mags Fennelly’s goal 33rd minute goal was a key score and the full-forward had another opportunity saved by Aisling O’Brien that would have sealed the verdict for the Kilkenny crew.

Lismore, who dominated the first half and should have led by more than 0-6 to 0-3 at half time, needed something and driven on by magnificent captain and player of the match, Shona Curran they found another level.

They have produced sterling closing efforts all season and this time was no different. Nicola Morrissey reduced the margin to one after a brilliant Róisín Fennelly hook had denied the excellent Ruth Geoghegan a shot at goal.

Within a minute, Aoife Hannon launched a sensational effort from 50 metres that landed on top of the net and the sides were level.

Both teams had chances to snatch it in the closing moments but some bodies-on-the-line defending ensured a replay on 16 March.

SCORERS – LISMORE: Nicola Morrissey 0-3; Ruth Geoghegan, Shona Curran (2fs), Aoife Hannon (1f) 0-2 each
BALLYHALE SHAMROCKS: Kellyanne Cottrell 0-4; Mags Fennelly 1-0; Keeva Fennelly 0-2

LISMORE: Aisling O’Brien, Sarah Coughlan, Shauna Prendergast, Marie Russell, Aoife Houlihan, Shauna Kiernan, Sarah Fenton, Nicola Morrissey, Shona Curran, Laura Buckley, Grainne Kenneally, AoifeHannon, Caithríona McGlone, Jennifer Hannon, Rurth Geoghegan. Subs: Johanna Houlihan for Jennifer Hannon (41).

BALLYHALE SHAMROCKS: Ciara Fennelly, Helen Dermody, Róisin Fennelly, Orna Fennelly, Emily O’Dwyer, JacquiFrisby, Clodagh Corcoran, Catherine Connolly, Edel Frisby, Eimear Fitzpatrick, Kellyanne Cottrell, Keeva Fennelly, Lucy Elvidge, Mags Fennelly, Emily Dermody. Subs: Grace Fennelly for Elvidge (24).

Referee: C Egan (Cork)

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