Limerick fall just short of Antrim in All-Ireland Minor A Shield Camogie final

After losing to the Ulster side by seven points in the round robin stage, Limerick were seen as outsiders for the A Shield decider on Sunday afternoon.

Limerick were just pipped to the post by Antrim in Sunday’s All-Ireland Minor A Shield Camogie final in Nowlan Park, falling to a 1-13 to 2-15 defeat.

There were only two points to separate the sides at the break with Antrim’s second half goal proving crucial as they made it six wins on the trot to claim the national title.

Limerick had roared back into the contest after the resumption moving two in front but the Antrim purple patch was enough to restore their lead as they held out for the title.

After losing to the Ulster side by seven points in the round robin stage, Limerick were seen as outsiders for the A Shield decider on Sunday afternoon.

But a positive start from the side managed by Paul Neenan and Tony Dunne saw them take the lead after six minutes, Poppy Giltenane and Raisin O’Brien replying to the Antrim opener.

Antrim twice took a two-point advantage but were pegged back to the minimum by Limerick on each occasion. The Shannonsiders couldn’t draw parity and the Ulster outfit pushed clear in the 22ns minute with Mary McArthur gosling for a 1-8 to 0-5 lead.

But Limerick roared back into the contest with Laura Southern following up Giltenane’s penalty which was saved to reduce the margin back to three.

Niamh Brennan finished the first half scoring with a 45′ to leave it 1-7 to 1-9 at the interval.

Brennan kick started the second half scoring and Limerick would go on to dominate the first ten minutes of the new half, hitting four in a row. Brennan (3), and O’Brien moving Limerick 1-11 to 1-9 in front.

But frees allowed Antrim to draw level before Orlaith McAllister goaled with ten to play. That had Antrim five clear and while Brennan replied with a pair to reduce the gap to a single score, Antrim found the last pair of scores to secure the title.

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