Cavan Camogs opened their Glen Dimplex All-Ireland championship first round with a win over Tipperary in The Ragg Tipperary. In the opening minutes of the game both sides were left disappointed from missed chances with Cavan missing a point from a set play and Tipperary being denied a goal after a superb save from Laragh’s Jenny O’Rourke. Tipperary applied pressure going with Grace Moloney and Aoife Mc Loughney attacking the Cavan defenders thick and fast as they looked for scores in the first ten minutes of the game but Nomonde Majola and Erinn Galligan kept calm and kept the girls scoreless for as long as possible. Cavan opened the first score after six minutes of play with Emer Fitzpatrick Slotting one over the black spot. Tipperary’s backline felt the pressure throughout the game as they fouled in the eleventh and thirteenth minute resulting in Clodagh Keenaghan popping them over the bar. Late addition to the squad Áine Corcoran found herself in scoring position as she slotted one over the bar in the fifteenth minute of the game. Cavan’s defenders struggled to get a hand on Shannon Rovers Aoife McLoughney as she scored three points from play and another point from a free in the twenty fourth minute. Aideen Coyle and Emer Fitzpatrick worked hard in the centre winning puck outs from not just the Cavan keeper but from Tipperary’s Ciara Houlihan puck outs too, playing them forward to Precision Clodagh Keenaghan were she scored three points from play. Again Aoife McLoughney got her name on the board for Tipp as she found the onion bag in the twenty seventh minute of the game leaving it Cavan 0-07 to Tipperary 1-05 at the break.
Cavan were rearing to go in the second half as Áine Corcoran found herself slotting a point over in just the second minute of the game. After some excellent play from the centre the ball was launched into the Denn Destroyer hoping to work her magic but she selflessly hand passed to Tina O’ Reilly who buried it into the back of the net. Cavan continued to press as Shanise Fitzsimons got her name on the board with a well-deserved point from play coming in the ninth minute. As a unit the Cavan squad worked well with the introduction of fresh legs coming in at crucial times making the difference. Another fine ball won by Fitzsimons left her within her goal scoring range, but quick eyes as she seen Corcoran in better position giving Cavan another goal in the twelfth minute. Tipperary weren’t about to drop the heads as they slotted a point from play over in the fifteenth minute. Late in the second half Tipperary started to dominate as they continued to score three unanswered points from play with the last going over in the twenty Fifth minute.
Final Score Cavan 2-09(15) To Tipperary1-11(14). Cavan face Waterford in the next round of the Glen Dimplex All-Ireland Premier Junior Championship at home on Saturday 28th May.