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From this week's Galway City Tribune

From this week's Galway City Tribune

Connacht crown for Mellows Connacht crown for Mellows

Liam Mellows 1-17

Oran 2-9

Liam Mellows claimed their first-ever Connacht camogie title on Saturday in the Connacht GAA Air Dome when they overcame Oran of Roscommon in the Pat Barrett final.

A strong second-half by the city side helped in getting them over the line in a tightly contested contest between the two sides.

Ciara Dolan opened the scoring for Liam Mellows on the 2nd minute, but Andrea Fallon hit the net for Oran on the eight minute to give them the lead in the game.

Frees from Roisin Hughes and Niamh McPeake brough the sides level by the 13th minute. Gráinne Whyte and McPeake swapped scores on the 15th and 16th minutes. Fallon put Oran back in the lead a minute later with a well taken score from play but a point from Hughes and a McPeake point, put Liam Mellows in the lead by the slimmest of margin by the 19th minute.

Orla Connolly responded with two frees for Oran, while McPeake added another free in injury-time to leave the sides level at half-time.

A strong second-half showing by Liam Mellows was key to their victory. A McPeake free, and points from Danielle Grealish and Dolan, put Liam Mellows into a three point lead just three minutes into the second-half.

Fallon added another free to her tally, but a point from Chloe Folan and a McPeake free extended Liam Mellows lead even further by the 42nd minute of the half. Connolly got her opening score from play on the midway point of the half but 1-2 from Liam Mellows in the space of four minutes made it look like it was going to be Liam Mellows day.

A goal through Folan on the 45th minute and points from Aoife Elwood and a free from McPeake extended their lead to eight with 11 minutes of normal time remaining. Oran didn’t give up, however.

Two Hazel Kelly points and a point from Fallon reduced the deficit to five. Liam Mellows hit back with two McPeake frees and a point from Laoise McDonnell. Shauna McDermott did sneak a penalty in injury time for Oran, but it wasn’t enough as Liam Mellows ran out 1-17 to 2-9 on the day.

Mellows ability to take their points was key to the victory as the city side put all the disappointment of the last few years behind them to add the Pat Barrett trophy to their role of honour for 2023.

Pictured: The Liam Mellows squad that captured the Patt Barrett Cup last weekend back row, from left: John Burke (selector), Ciara Hughes, Ciara Dolan, Jennifer Burke, Ciara Morrissey, Ruth Elwood, Aoife Elwood, Roisin Hughes, Aoibhe Coyne, Christina Walsh, Aoife Finnerty, Ria McPhilbin, Chloe Folan, Ellen Burke, Kate O’Grady, Laoise McDonnell, Adrian McGrath (coach), Gayle Kealy (selector), and Tarla Dunne (selector). Front: Niamh McPeake, Aoife McPeake, Ciara Grealish, Danielle Grealish, Ava Kelehan, Chloe Walker, Grace O’Donovan, Eva McLoughlin, Léana Nic Dhonncha, Sophie Keville, Ciara O’Sullivan, Sinead Folan (vice-captain), Abby Fox Carr, Saoirse Benson, Kevin Flynn (manager), and Michelle Hourigan (captain). Photos: Don Soules.

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