Clare’s Junior camogie side have recorded their first win of the year.

Clare 3-11
Waterford 1-09
Venue: Fr McNamara Park, Doora

After suffering the disappointment of an opening round loss last weekend, Clare’s Juniors responded with a deserved eight point win to get their campaign back on track.

It gives them something to play for when they travel to Carlow next weekend.

Clare stormed into a 1-03 lead with Sarah Loughnane accounting for 1-02 of this tally including a two pointer sideline cut, she becomes the first Clare player to have carved out the achievement.

A second goal for Loughnane on nine minutes left Clare in the driving seat but Waterford got into gear firing 1-02 on the bounce.

Arguably the better side in the second quarter, Waterford led by the impressive Roisin Kirwan had refused the deficit to four points at the sounding of the half-time whistle.

Clare upped their performance on the restart and limited the visitors to just three points in the second half.

Kilmaley’s Sinead O’Keeffe manufactured a goal on forty minutes by pulling on the sliotar to find extra space which she capitalised on by rising and slotting past Sally Kelly.

As Waterford’s challenge weakened, Clare packed an extra punch with substitutes Carol O’Leary and Niamh O’Gorman adding three points and one point respectively.

This additional power was sufficient to see the Banner seal the win and put themselves in a positive position ahead of Saturday’s clash with Carlow. Caoimhe Kelly, Aoife Griffin, Sinead O’Keeffe, and Sinead Power did best for the winners while Roisin Kirwan was Waterford’s most impressive player over the hour.

Scorers Clare: S Loughnane (2-04 1SC, 1f), S O’Keeffe (1-00), C O’Leary (0-03), C Kelly (0-01), K O’Gorman (0-01), N O’Gorman (0-01)

Scorers Waterford: R Kirwan (1-02), N Murphy (0-03 2f), S Morrissey (0-01), H Hayes (0-01), V O’Brien (0-01)

Clare:
1: Joanne O’Gorman (Kilkishen)

2: Rebecca Crowe (Ruan)
3: Katie O’Flanagan (Newmarket-on-Fergus)
4: Deanna Considine (Sixmilebridge)

5: Aoife Griffin (Newmarket-on-Fergus)
11:: Sarah Ní Cheallaigh (Kilmaley)
7: Ciara O’Dell (Clarecastle)

8: Niamh Mulqueen (Broadford)
9: Caoimhe Kelly (Kilkishen)

10: Kate O’Gorman (Kilkishen) (Captain)
15: Grainne Nolan (Éire Óg)
12: Siobhan Lenihan (Kilkishen)

13: Sinead Power (Inagh-Kilnamona)
14: Sarah Loughnane (Sixmilebridge)
19: Sinead O’Keeffe (Kilmaley)

Substitutes
30: Carol O’Leary (Newmarket-on-Fergus) for Lenihan (HT)
6: Aleisha Malone (Corofin) for O’Dell (37)
29: Finia O’Brien (Sixmilebridge) for Loughnane (54)
16: Ciara Halpin (Clooney-Quin) for Mulqueen (59)
17: Niamh O’Gorman (Kilkishen) for Nolan (62)

Waterford:
1: Sally Kelly (Tramore)

2: Isabela Markievicz (Lismore)
4: Hannah Flynn (Gailtir)
21: Emily Mahony (Gailtir)

5: Ellen Curran (Lismore)
3: Sadie Mai Rowe (Butlerstown)
7: Leah Sheridan (Gailtir)

13: Niamh Murphy (De La Salle)
6: Ciara Jackman (Gailtir)

15: Abbie Dunphy (Tramore)
11: Sarah Morrissey (An Rinn)
9: Niamh Ahearne (Ferrybank)

14: Saoirse O’Brien (Tramore)
12: Heather Hayes (Dungarvan)
24: Roisin Kirwan (St Annes)

Subs:
20: Ciara Sheehan (St Anne’s) for Ahearne (35)
18: Valerie O’Brien (Ferrybank) for Hayes 42)
17: Alannah Jones (Tramore) for O’Brien (47)

Referee: Enda Loughnane (Galway)

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