Waterford IT 2-12
University of Limerick 0-12

Waterford Institute of Technology collected their eighth Ashbourne Cup camogie title on Sunday afternoon last in Dublin City University as they saw off University of Limerick in the Centenary Ashbourne Cup final.

Waterford IT grabbed two crucial goals in the opening five minutes of the game with the first coming from a high ball sent in by Sarah Crowley to corner forward Marie Morrissey who saw her shot carried over the line by the UL goalkeeper as she attempted to catch. Moments later UL were left completely stunned as Emma Comerford sent in a point scoring effort but it fell just short, but as the UL goal keeper batted the ball out it fell to the feet of Ciara Quirke and she rifled a ground stroke to the net for a two goal lead.
Ultimately this was a lead that was never cut as WIT defended in packs with some of the hooking and blocking by the defence right from the top drawer.

UL eventually got to grips with the game with Cait Devane and Julia White pointing for the 2014 champions, however in driving rain and on the 3G pitch it was WIT who continued to adapt better to the conditions and despite playing into a strong wind continued to knock over points with Emma Comerford and Patricia Jackman deadly accurate from frees to send WIT to the dressing room leading by 2-8 to 0-8, as UL continued to rely on pointed frees for scores to keep them in touch.

Aoife McGrath pointed for UL within minutes of the restart as they set about chasing down WIT, however with Meighan Farrell and Louise Sinnott dominating in defence and Sarah Crowley and Laura Treacy hovering up everything in defence UL could not find a way to get a goal that they really needed.

Emma Comerford was brilliant from placed balls in the second half making sure that all chances that came her way were pointed and another monster point out on the right wing from Miriam Walsh sealed a famous victory for WIT who have now won 6 of the last 7 Ashbourne Cup’s.

Tramore’s Vikki Falconer captained the side with a brilliant display in defence keeping Cait Devane really quiet from play, while Patricia Jackman from Gaultir gave an exhibition of high fielding, long clearances and hard work in a player of the tournament performance, Roanmore’s Valerie O’Brien was also introduced to the game in the early stages of the second half and put in some great passes to set up crucial scores in the second half.

WIT beat NUIG in the semi-final on Saturday afternoon by 3-17 to 0-9 although things were not all that rosy in the garden at half time as the sides went to the break tied up at 1-4 to 0-7 with WIT’s goal coming from Ciara Quirke. However within ten minutes of the restart the game was done and dusted as WIT’s forwards hurled NUIG off the field with two more goals coming through Marie Morrissey and Miriam Walsh, which set up the final showdown with UL who were 0-14 to 0-8 winners over UCC in the second semi-final.
WIT were managed by Kilkenny legend Ann Downey, and she was ably assisted by Wexford forward Ursula Jacob, Paddy Mullally and Conor Phelan, in what was a sweet victory for WIT against a UL side who had beaten WIT by a single point 12 months ago.

WIT also had nine players named on the Centenary Ashbourne team of the tournament namely Vikki Falconer, Patricia Jackman (both Waterford), Kilkenny’s Sarah Crowley, Meighan Farrell, Emma Comerford and Miriam Walsh, Wexford’s Louise Sinnott, Cork’s Laura Treacy and Tipperary Orla McEniry.

Orla McEniry, Jenny Logue, Ruth Jones, Vikki Falconer, Sarah Crowley, Patricia Jackman, Sheila Ryan, Meighan Farrell, Louise Sinnott, Julie McLoughlin, Laura Treacy, Miriam Walsh, Emma Comerford, Ciara Quirke, Marie Morrissey, also Brid Quinn, Miriam Walton, Claire Nolan, Valerie O’Brien, Aoife Forde, Deirdre Phelan, Mary Corcoran, Marianne Murphy, Maeve Mansfield, Nicola Butler, Nicola Collins, Aimee Morrissey, Aine O’Neill, Maggie Nolan, Sarah Banville.

Date: 15th February 2015 – venue DCU sports grounds