*Truagh/Clonlara coach, John Conlon. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill
Truagh/Clonlara remain confident their breakthrough in Clare camogie will happen.
By Derek Dormer
A first senior final appearance ended in a draw two weeks for the South-East Clare side but in Broadford on Saturday they fell down to Scariff/Ogonnelloe despite putting together a glorious start with six points scored in the opening fifteen minutes.
Over the next thirty seven minutes, Truagh/Clonlara failed to score with Scariff/Ogonnelloe exerting their dominance on proceedings.
Coach of the Truagh/Clonlara side, John Conlon was hopeful they would be able to learn from the occasion. “That’s our first senior county final, the last day we could have fell over the line but it’s experience that counts . All year we have been starting slowly but today we started great. We went 6 points to two up but we just couldn’t add to that and we seemed to struggle from there on.
“Scariff/Ogonelloe were Munster champions and they showed all that experience and knowledge to win today and well deserved winners too. A few breaks just didn’t go our way, we had give chances to score in the third quarter and took none whereas Scariff/Ogonelloe took theirs and suddenly we are chasing a game into the wind,” Conlon said.
Returning to a final won’t be easy but the Clare senior hurling captain was confident it was within their capability. “Our girls never gave in and fought to the end. We will learn from this, playing two county finals in two weeks will stand to us. It’s a long way back, the hardest thing is to get back but that’s the plan. These girls are a testament to their families and to the parish. Best of luck to Scariff/Ogonelloe now as they represent Clare”.