Loreto Kilkenny are back in the final of the O’Neills Post Primary Senior A Camogie Championship and will be hoping to go one better than last year, when they were defeated in the decider by St Brigid’s Loughrea.
Loreto booked their place as a result of a 1-14 to 1-8 victory over Presentation Athenry in Dunmore and will play Ursuline, Thurles after they triumphed against Cross & Passion, Ballycastle in Raharney by 4-5 to 0-8.
The Noresiders have won this competition four times, following a golden run from 2010-2013 and the manner of this success suggests that they will take some stopping in a bid to add to their tally.
A few early points from Eimear Keoghan put them on the front foot early and while Leanne Freaney pointed a 45, after Hannah Brennan had saved from Niamh Niland, Pres struggled to make inroads on a defensive unit led superbly by Michelle Teehan.
Instead, Sophie O’Dwyer registered three points before Keoghan, who finished with a goal and three points, found the Athenry side’s net just before half time to give Loreto a 1-7 to 0-3 lead.
Freaney had provided all the Pres scores and she added to her tally soon after the resumption, but Athenry were overly-reliant on her and she finished with seven points.
O’Dwyer did the same at the other end but had more support and crucially, Loreto had opened up a significant gap before Eimear Keane goaled in injury time for Pres.