Johnstownbridge notched up their third in a row Kildare Camogie Division 1 League titles when they defeated Celbridge, in what was ultimately an exciting final as, Celbridge fought back from a seemingly hopeless position to give the Bridge supporters some anxious moments towards the end.
After full forward Ciara Mooney got Johnstownbridge off the mark Siobhan Hurley quickly followed up with a pointed free. Celbridge’s Susie O Carroll levelled with two points from frees before Hurley gave her team a platform to build on when her free from forty yards dipped under the Celbridge bar to give them a 1-2 to 0-2 lead with seven minutes gone.
Hurley (0-5) and O’Carroll ( 0-3) traded frees before the increasingly influential Louise Codd finished the scoring for the half with a point for the Bridge to give them a1-8 to 0-5 at half time.
Celbridge needed a good start to the second half and they got it when Emma Barry pointed in the first minute and O Carroll pointed from a free to bring it back to a four point game. However The Bridge dominated the next ten minutes with points from Hurley and Codd before Mooney was on hand to capitalise from a goalmouth scramble to finish to the net to give her team what looked like a match winning lead.
Celbridge seemed to spring to life at this stage and a goal from substitute Nicole McDonagh in the twenty first minute threw them a life line and three points from placed balls by O Carroll brought it back to a four point game with five minutes to go but try as both sides did that was the end of the scoring as both sets of backs stood firm to leave the Bridge celebrating a hat trick of League titles on a score line of 2-11 to 1-10.
Johnstownbridge understandably had many fine individual performances apart from those mentioned, Clodagh Flanagan as usual covered every blade of grass. Shona Farrell and Aisling Holton were superb in defence while sixteen year old Erin McEvoy did well in the full forward line. For Celbridge Susie O Carroll contributed to most of Celbridge’s score while Emma Barry worked very hard in the forward line. Niamh Concannon really marshalled the defence while Angela Lyons contributed well at centre field.