Ballymacarbry ladies make it 38 in-a-row!

September 23, 2019

Ballymacarbry and Waterford star Aileen Wall. ©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan.

Ballymacarbry completed an astonishing 38-in-a-row of Waterford senior ladies football titles yesterday when they came from behind to beat Comeragh Rangers by 1-14 to 0-14 in Leamybrien.

The Dublin footballers' five-in-a-row pales into significance when compared to Ballymac's incredible winning streak. Their long reign looked to be coming to an end when Comeragh led by 0-7 to 0-1 after 21 minutes, but a goal from captain and player of the match Sinead Ryan left it 1-3 to 0-9 at the break, and the holders kicked on in the second half to secure another county title thanks to late points from Ryan, Brigita Valuntaite and Aileen Wall

When Ballymacarbry - which is a small village situated between Clonmel and Dungarvan - won the first of their county titles in 1981, they were managed by current former Waterford and Westmeath hurling manager Michael Ryan, who guided them to numerous county, Munster and All-Ireland successes thereafter. His daughters Michelle, Louise and Sinead have been mainstays of the team, with Sinead accounting for 1-9 of their tally yesterday.

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