Three clinically-taken goals from Maria Watson gave Milford a day to remember at Croke Park as they defeated Killimor 3-06 to 1-06 in the final of the AIB All-Ireland Senior Camogie Club Championship.
In particular, it was Watson’s quick-fire double in the space of a minute that blew this game wide open.
The first was a wonderfully-crafted effort, as Watson didn’t even have to break stride to crash the sliotar to the net in the 20th minute after a visionary pass from Marie O’Neill.
She scrambled a second almost immediately after and Milford led 2-04 to 0-05 at the interval.
Watson finished expertly from a Regina Curtin pass in the 41st minute and Frankie Flannery’s charges comfortably saw the game out from there.
Killimor, who won this title in 2011, kept plugging away but never threatened to breach the outstanding Milford rearguard, until Brenda Hanney doubled a brilliant goal in the 59th minute.
It was too late for any dramatic conclusions though and the Bill Carroll Cup headed to the Rebel County.
Milford: M Watson 3-0; E Watson 0-4(fs); M O’Neill 0-02
Killimor: M Conroy 0-05(0-04fs, 0-01 45); B Hanney 1-01
Milford: R Finn; K Galvin, M Walsh, L Healy; E O’Riordan, A Geary, S Sexton; O O’Mahony, A Thompson; E Watson, D O’Reilly, A Watson; M O’Neill, R Curtin, M Watson. Subs: L O’Flynn for A Watson (40); D Hayes for Galvin (56); A O’Flynn for Curtin (56); E Friel for M Watson (58); N O’Brien for
Killimor: H Campbell; J Brien, K Brien, N Hanney; M Duane, AM Hayes, M Callagy; AM Starr, E Haverty; C Conroy, M Conroy, A Brehony; S Keane, B Hanney, D Starr. Subs: R Groves for Brehony (39); N Burke for D Starr (49)
Referee: G O’Dowd (Limerick)