SATURDAY, JULY 29TH
NANCY MURRAY CUP FINAL
Mayo v Wicklow, Birr, 4pm
Referee: Shane Foley (Carlow)
Live on Camogie Association YouTube
Wicklow are on a mission to go one step further than last year, when they fell short in the All-Ireland junior A final by an agonising point to Tyrone as a result of a goal in the dying embers of the game.
They will have fierce rivals for the trophy named after a former president of the Camogie Association however, as Mayo had in turn defeated Wicklow’s subsequent conquerors when going all the way in their first year back competing at adult level in 2021.
And they repeated that trick in the semi-final, turning around the result of the Division 4 Very League decider with the Red Hands, who were shorn of the talents of four of their scorers on that occasion. Nonetheless, they had 11 points to spare at the final whistle.
Ava Lambert is an influential operator for Mayo. She and Meabh Delaney scored 2-5 between them against Tyrone, with Lilian Keane registering a third goal.
Wicklow had an extra game to navigate, edging out Offaly in a pulsating encounter in the competition’s lone quarter-final by 2-14 to 2-13. It was far less nerve-racking in the semi-final when they accounted for Louth with plenty to spare.
Daisie Summer Cullen Dunne and Nicole Curran both helped themselves to a brace of goals, while Poppy Rose Cullen Dunne also raised a green flag. In all Wicklow had seven scorers, Katie Tyrrell lofting four points among them, while the defence proved admirably resilient in the 5-11 to 0-6 triumph.