Mayo booked their place in the Division 4 final after an unbeaten run in their group league games.
Having played Wicklow earlier in the campaign and beaten them by 6 points, hopes were high for a Mayo victory.
Indeed well founded high hopes as Mayo had control of this game from the very beginning. The Wicklow back lines were under constant attack from all the Mayo forwards – Fionnuala McLaughlin getting the scoreboard up and running after 1 minute of play. Lisa Scahill then put her name on the board scoring a point a minute later.
Na Brideoga’s Saoirse Delaney rained down points on the Wicklow goal for the next few minutes scoring 4 points in a row.
By the time Wicklow got their first score on the board after 17 minutes of play through a point from a hard working Laura Manley, Mayo had added another goal and three points courtesy of Lisa Scahill, Saoirse O’Brien and Meabh Delaney.
Wicklow were no doubt feeling the pressure and had the wind against them.
Mayo would finish out the first half with 1 goal and 12 points on the board while Wicklow had just one point. Mayo would not have the wind in the 2nd half and Wicklow would surely feel the need to step up the pressure.
The second half began and it took a full ten minutes before a score was registered on the board, a Lisa Scahill goal for Mayo was swiftly followed by a Laura Manley point for Wicklow.
It’s fair to say that Wicklow certainly played a more attacking game in the second half and while outscoring Mayo by 3 points, it wouldn’t be anywhere near enough to get close to the Mayo scoreline.
Ava Lambert playing at centre back put in a massive performance sweeping up any Wicklow attacks during the game. Her work rate and consistency earned her the Player of the Match award today.
Mayo looked a very settled team today with all players working very efficiently along with captain Meabh Delaney exuding a calmness throughout the match. The back lines easily dealt with Wicklow attacks – Shauna Golden, Amy Mulkeen, Grainne & Caoimhe Delaney and Aoife Doherty ensuring their positions were
The main battles were in midfield throughout the match and both Meabh Delaney & Rachel Lyons moved a lot of ball up to the forward line.
The forward lines had the busiest role today with lots of ball coming their way throughout the game and while many scores came both Emily Kelly and Emer Delaney worked hard to make sure that the ball was always in a scoring position.
It’s a another building block in the development of Mayo Camogie, having won the Nancy Murray Cup last year the panel look forward to playing in the Glen Dimplex Premier Junior Championship in a few short weeks.
It will be Division 3 camogie in 2023 for this fantastic group of players – onwards & upwards for the green & red!
Match Photos available to view on Inpho Photography
Mayo: A. Crawley, A. Doherty, A. Mulkeen, G. Delaney, S. Golden, A. Lambert, Caoimhe Delaney, M. Delaney (C) (0.4), R. Lyons, F. McLaughlin (0.1), S. O’Brien (0.2), E. Kelly, S. Delaney, (0.4) L. Scahill (2.3), E. Delaney
Wicklow: J.Tyrrell, A. Mulhall, J. Byrne, Casey Kelly, A. Connelly, L. Hogan, Ciara Kelly, A. Keddy, F. Corrigan, S. Goetelen (0.1), S. Bermingham (1.0), J. Maxwell, K.Tyrrell (0.1), L. Manley (0.4), D.S. Cullen Dunne