Classy Milford dethrone champs to take final step

Killimor will face Milford in the All-Ireland senior club camogie championship final next month after a weekend of thrilling semi-final action.

Cork and Munster champions Milford dethroned champions Oulart-The Ballagh (1-12 to 1-7) in Wexford thanks to the efforts of Maria Walsh, Aisling Thompson, Emer Watson, Regina Curtin, Marie O’Neill and Anna Geary.

With the wind, they secured a 1-10 to 0-0 interval lead. Watson sent Milford on their way with a fourth-minute free and O’Neill added a brace before Regina Curtin gathered Maria Watson’s pass before goalling in the 14th minute. Emer and Áine Watson, Curtin and O’Neill added further scores to give them that extraordinary interval advantage.

Maria and Emer Watson extended that lead further before Ursula Jacob finally got Oulart off the mark from a free midway through the second half. The Wexford star added four more scores from play and substitute Aisling Moran pounced for a goal seconds after her introduction. Jacob and Una Leacy converted a free apiece but even though Thompson was sent off for a second yellow card, Milford were abel to survive.

Galway’s Killimor edged out O’Donovan Rossa by 2-9 to 0-12 in Ballinasloe in the other semi-final. The Antrim girls were 0-5 to 0-1 ahead by the end of the first quarter. Susan Keane struck for Killimor just before half-time to leave Killimor trailing by just two at the break (0-8 to 1-3).

Killimor hit the first four scores of the second half courtesy of Martina Conroy (two), Keane and Ann-Marie Hayes. O’Donovan Rossa fought back, with a brace of points from Adams but Aisling Brehony’s scrambled goal put Killimor ahead again. Maorisa McGourty and Connolly came back with points but Brenda Hanney eased Killimor’s nerves with two late points.

In the intermediate championship, two first-half goals from Aoife Lyng laid the groundwork for Rower-Inistioge’s 2-9 to 1-5 defeat of Kilmaley in Nowlan Park while the other semi-final between Castlegar and Ballycran was still level after extra time.

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