Charlestown Ladies went down to Kilmovee in game two of the group stages of the intermediate championship with the Shamrocks prevailing on a scoreline of 1-11 to 0-10.
Both teams were through regardless of the result but the Shamrocks laid down a marker and on the evidence of this result they remain the team to beat with the Sarsfields having plenty to ponder on as they prepare for a semi-final clash with Kilmoremoy.
The Sarsfields battled hard and were in the game for long periods but Kilmovee had that little bit more guile and scoring power in the final third and they were able to secure their scores that bit easier than the green and white which was the single greatest difference between the teams at the final whistle.
The game was always a contest as all meetings between the sides tend to be close but the Shamrocks have had the edge on the Sarsfields in recent clashes and this is pretty much the way this latest encounter played out with the outcome in doubt right up until the closing stages.
One got the feeling the Sarsfields would need a goal to have any chance of overhauling the Shamrocks as they had their noses in front from an early stage and kept their lead despite lots of pressure from the Sarsfields who lacked nothing in effort or courage but just couldn`t bag the scores when they were in and around the Kilmovee goal.
Kilmovee on the other hand always looked threatening and menacing in attack and caused endless problems for a Sarsfields defence that looked in danger of crumbling on several occasions. The Sarsfields were brave and spirited however and the fact that they were breached just once speaks volumes for their resolve and tenacity.
The Sarsfields know they will have to perform better if they want to turn over Kilmoremoy in the semi-final as the attack needs to find a cutting edge to capitalise on all the possession they are more than capable of winning. They had star performers in the likes of Hannah Morrisroe, Sophie Johnson who was very intelligent in her kickout strategy, Kellee Crean, Nicola Meehan, Jennifer O`Donnell and Ella Brennan.