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Quirke is star of the show as Myshall triumph

Ciara Quirke scored a goal and nine points as Myshall added another chapter to their remarkable story by winning the AIB All-Ireland Camogie Intermediate Club title at Croke Park.

Quirke had a number of clubmates by her side as she registered a hat-trick of goals during Carlow's annexation of the All-Ireland Premier Junior crown last September, just 12 months after they had garnered the Junior A championship.

It is only four years since Myshall claimed a second consecutive All-Ireland Junior Club title, and their ascent up the rankings in tandem with the county team is symptomatic of the increasing depth of camogie in the country.

The same applied to the presence of two Ulster teams in Croke Park, and while Myshall had the upper hand for the majority of proceedings, they had to withstand a determined rally from Eglish.

Indeed the victors could count themselves fortunate in the end as Ciara Donnelly had a chance from a free to equalise, with 30 seconds of the allotted three minutes of injury time remaining, but pulled her shot wide.

Myshall held the upper hand in the opening period and it took a stupendous save by Leona Gallagher to deny the pacey Emma Coogan, the Eglish netminder somehow getting her stick to the left to deflect the sliotar despite the shot being well struck from close range.

Gallagher, who made another top-drawer stop from Coogan, had no chance though when Quirke, who landed six points from placed balls in the first half, rifled a bullet to the roof of the net off her right from 12 metres.

Quirke's goal gave Myshall a 1-6 to 0-4 lead at half time and they appeared to be moving serenely to success, without putting enough space between them and the Tyrone contingent.

Niamh McNulty's 46th minute goal, after a strong run by Donnelly, changed the game, leaving three between them and though Carlow had a penalty three minutes later, Quirke elected to take the minor score.

Eglish poured forward and Donnelly shot three consecutive points to leave the minimum between them.

Quirke scored what proved the winner on the hour, lofting a free imperiously over from 64m but Donnelly replied in kind before the dramatic conclusion.

Scorers:

Myshall: C Quirke 1-9(0-6fs, 0-2 45s, 0-1 pen); E Coogan 0-1

Eglish: C Donnelly 0-9 (7fs, 1 45); N McNulty 1-0.

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