St. Michaels 0-11 Oldcastle 1-09
Oldcastle stood firm to repel a second half St. Michaels onslaught and take the division 2 league title in an exciting contest in Grangegoddan, Kells on Sunday afternoon.
The Oldcastle side added the league title to their senior championship crown but they were made to fight all the way to the end by an unrelenting and feisty St. Michaels side. While the St. Michaels side boasted the most impressive performer on the field in the nippy Seona Lynch, Oldcastle were able to turn their possession into crucial scores especially in the opening half when playing with the aid of a very strong wind, their match winning goal came at the end of the opening quarter for a 1-2 to 0-2 lead. Laura Duignan and Sinéad McCormack got St. Michaels only first half scores in the opening six minutes as they struggled to come to terms with the strong wind with several attempts on goal dropping short. Oldcastle added 3 further points to lead by 1-5 to 0-2 at the interval.
Oldcastle stretched their lead to seven points immediately after the restart however the St. Michaels ladies made their intentions known and led by the impressive Seona Lynch who posted 3 points in succession they had whittled the Oldcastle lead back down to four points by the end of the third quarter. Oldcastle pulled one back but points from Lynch (0-2) and McCormack (0-3) made it a one point game with five minutes left on the clock. St. Michaels were then dealt a major body blow when their influential captain Alicia Curtis was sin binned however they piled on the pressure and Marion Farrelly fired over the equaliser a minute from the end of normal time but the winners were back in front almost immediately and although there was almost five minutes of injury time played there were no further scores.
It is a credit to the St. Michaels ladies for their never-say-die attitude yesterday afternoon, the entire team gave it their all and to come so close was heartbreaking, however it's onwards and upwards, ye are a great squad and there's always next year. Congratulations go to Seona Lynch for picking up the Player of the Match Award, well done Seona.
St. Michaels: Sarah Bradley; Marita Rogers, Ellen Cassidy, Áine Sheridan; Mary Carpenter, Haley Doyle, Lorraine Curtis; Sinéad McCormack (0-4), Marion Farrelly (0-1); Alicia Curtis, Mary Clinton, Seona Lynch (0-5); Megan O'Brien, Laura Duignan (0-1), Yvonne Farrelly.
Sub: Erin Lynch for Y. Farrelly.
Report and photo Pascal Reilly