All the results from the All-Ireland U16 Camogie Finals as Cork faced Kilkenny, Meath played Offaly, Westmeath v Roscommon and Mayo v Wicklow
Cork (2-12) v Kilkenny (2-10), U16A
Cork survived a late scare to grab a record 14th Tesco All-Ireland U16A Camogie title, defeating Kilkenny in a pulsating affair by 2-12 to 2-10 at St Brendan’s Park in Birr.
The Rebels have now secured their second in three seasons, as reward for redoubled efforts at underage level in the Rebel County.
Kilkenny began best with points from Lauren Ronan and Rachel Dowling but Gráinne Finn and Caoimhe Sheehan brought Cork level. The Leesiders moved two ahead when Rose Kelly struck a goal in the 27th minute.
There is no doubt that the next puck-out was the most significant of the game as Cork hit with an identical score a minute later from Fiona Twohig and that gave her side a lead they would never relinquish.
It was 1-8 to 1-6 at the interval and points from Finn and Sinéád Hurley quickly doubled the margin. Kilkenny kept plugging away but Emily O’Donoghue’s goal at the three-quarter mark gave the Reds some vital breathing space.
An O’Donoghue point put five between the sides and though Ronan goaled for the Cats right on the hour, victory would be Cork’s.
🔴ALL IRELAND SUNDAY 🔴
Our fantastic U16A team are off to St Brendans park to take on Kilkenny in the #2021AllIrelandFinal Best of luck Millie Fiona & all the players & Donie & mgmt team 🙌🏻
#Corcaighabú #AllIrelandSunday #Blackbee #Supporthersport pic.twitter.com/DkEmSyImiF
— OfficialCorkCamogie (@CorkCamogie) July 18, 2021
Meath (9-13) v Offaly (4-12), U16B
The All-Ireland B final was a remarkable, high-scoring affair, Meath coming out on top against Offaly at Kingspan Breffni by 9-13 to 4-12.
The margin of defeat is very tough on the Faithful girls, who were excellent but were unable to handle the goal surge of their opposition, who were more than deserving winners in the end. A tally of 4-12 will win you most games but Meath prevailed, thanks to their nine brilliant goals.
Meath only scored two points in the first half but their six goals had them leading comfortably against what must have been a bewildered Offaly unit, who had scored 1-7 but just could not keep the Royal attackers at bay.
A hat-trick of goals from skipper, Laura Kelly inside ten minutes set the tone, the second a classy, doubled effort, the third, after a tremendous team move and Offaly were always playing catch-up thereafter.
Róisín Kinsella, Gráinne Kennedy and Caoimhe O’Donovan and Amy Sullivan were among the point scorers for Offaly, and Sullivan hit the back of the net but it was non-stop goal action at the other end and there was no way Offaly could hold back the tide. Kelly finished with four majors and Ella O’Brien, Aoife Carey, Anna Foley, and Sarah Bryan raised further green flags as Kerrie Cole supplied so much of the ammunition.
Sullivan was accurate for Offaly, who had Nicola Cleary in outstanding form at centre-back. Molly Hogan drilled two goals and Orla Kilmartin another as the tricolours fought all the way to the final whistle.
U16B ALL IRELAND CAMOGIE CHAMPIONS 2021💪💚💛💚💛💚💛💚💛
Massive Well done to our own Laura and Lara & the entire @OffMeathCamog U16 Camogie panel on an epic win against Offaly today in Breffni Pk. CAVAN💛💚💙💛💚💙💛💚💙💛💚💙 pic.twitter.com/quNyCPmqSY
— Ratoath GAA (@RatoathGAA) July 18, 2021
Westmeath (1-01) v Roscommon (0-03), U16C
A goal from Niamh Keogh in the 58th minute grabbed a dramatic 1-1 to 0-3 victory for Westmeath over neighbours Roscommon in a hard-fought, tense though low-scoring C decider at St Brendan’s Park.
It was only 0-1 apiece at the break, with both sets of defences well on top. In that context, Ava Mulry’s two points seemed to have secured the silverware for the westerners but Keogh’s strike was definitive.
Congratulations to our U16 girls who won their All Ireland Semifinal today v Down in Inniskeen. Thank you to their management team of Paddy Dowdall, Laura Heffernan, Olive Weir and Denise Muldoon. 🇱🇻 pic.twitter.com/z9oucIN8bk
— Westmeath Camogie (@WestmeathCamogi) July 11, 2021
Wicklow (3-13) v Mayo (0-03), U16D
The D crown went the way of Wicklow, who were dominant throughout before recording a 3-13 to 0-3 triumph over Mayo at Kingspan Breffni.
The Connacht girls never stopped fighting and were still in touch at half-time, trailing by 0-9 to 0-2, Geri Maye Henry and Laura Flanagan hitting points but they were opened up after the restart, Aoife Campbell supplying a brace of goals and Áine Byrne another, while dual talent Laci Jane Shannon was named player of the match as the honours headed for the Garden County.
All Ireland U16 Camogie Final
Mayo 0 – 03 pic.twitter.com/Z6jyNz7ZNx
— Official Wicklow GAA (@wicklowgaa) July 18, 2021