St. Michaels 3-07, St. Colmcilles 2-08
The young ladies of St. Michaels produced a fantastic performance at both ends of the pitch as they claimed the division 5 minor title in dreadful conditions in Dunganny on Friday night. They kept their composure in what was a tight finish to become the second ladies team from the club to lift silverware in recent weeks.
After racing ahead to a ten point interval lead having played with the gale force wind, lashing rain and the slope of a badly surfaced pitch to their advantage they managed to survive the expected second half siege thrown at them by the St. Colmcilles girls in commendable fashion that is worthy of all champions.
Player of the match Seona Lynch opened the scoring with two points in the opening five minutes and a minute later Erin Lynch sent a pile driver past the stranded Catherine Gray in the 'Cille's goals for the opening major of the match. Points from Seona Lynch (3) and Emma McDonnell (1) followed before Erin Lynch added her second major on the stroke of half time for a 2-6 to 0-2 interval lead. St. Colmcilles added their two points at the end of the first quarter. St. Michaels had an earlier goal disallowed which came from a sideline kick and went directly to the net off the St. Colmcilles keeper for an alleged square ball.
The St. Colmcilles girls needed to get a good start to the second period with all the elements in their favour, and get that they did as they fired home 1-3 in the opening four minutes with Georgina Stevanson in fine form in front of the posts. They had reduced the deficit to just three points at the end of the third quarter and were in full control, however Seona Lynch on one of her many solo runs was pulled down in the square as she was about to pull they trigger and she sent the resultant penalty to the bottom corner of the net to steady what was looking like a sinking ship. The 'Cilles replied immediately with a point, Erin Lynch was put through by Emma McDonnell and she posted a fine point on the run for a six point lead. The St. Colmcilles girls then parked the bus in the St. Michaels half and in a two minute spell posted 1-1 to reduce the deficit to just two points with a minute of normal time remaining. But the heart of the St. Michaels girls prevailed, exemplified in the final minutes as they gave an exhibition of chasing, tackling and blocking that showed not only how much they wanted this win, but also how deserving they were of taking it.
Along with the scorers others to show up well on the night were Clodagh Corcoran, Rebecca Farrelly, Deirbhile Curran, Claire Halpin, Shauna Harten and Sheena O'Donnell.
St. Michaels team & scorers: Clodagh Corcoran; Anna Cunningham, Derbhile Curran, Abagail Carry; Anna Farnan, Rebecca Farrelly, Nicola Walsh; Claire Halpin, Emma McDonnell (0-1); Michelle McQuaid, Erin Lynch (2-1), Seona Lynch (1-5); Sheena O'Donnell, Brioch Meehan, Shauna Harten. Sub: Katie Cunningham.
Referee: Sean Gahan
Report and Pascal Reilly PRO.