|Connacht Ladies make it 2 for 2 in senior football.|
Connacht Ladies proved too strong for the Boston Shamrocks in the Ladies senior football final. The Shamrocks battled hard throughout and kept it close for the first period. Once the second half was 15 minutes old however, it was evident that the cup would be staying with the westerners for the second year in a row.
The first half went the way of the Connacht Ladies though the Shamrocks hung in and kept it close. The opening 20 minutes went to the script, with the Connacht Ladies taking a 1-5 to one point lead. The westerners were well on top in all areas of the field, though the Shamrocks battled hard to stay in the game. Ciara Donnelly, Ailish Gormley, and Arlene Fox pointed. Maeve Breen then pointed from half back, before Sharon McGovern got the Shamrocks on the scoresheet.
though pressed home their advantage with a goal from Ciara Donnelly who fired
low inside the near post about half way into the opening period. The Shamrocks did not drop their heads and continued
to fight hard. Towards the end of the
half their efforts paid off as they got back into the game. Brittany Lockwood, Sheila Carroll and Shannon
Mullen tried to make the most of every possession, and Sharon McGovern dropped
deep and scored two more points following runs as the defence opened up for
her. At the break it was a 1-6 to 0-4 Connacht lead.
In the second half
extened their lead to 11 points entering the final quarter of the game. Shamrocks attacks were cut short by the
diligent work of the Connacht back line. Laura Burns and Joanne O'Connell made some
timely interceptions. Connacht netted a
second goal through subsititute Catriona Foley who added some punch to the Connacht forward line.
The Shamrocks efforts were not helped by the sin binning of Brittany
Lockwood. Jane Ward who had been quiet
up to this point then came to life and the game became a one sided affair. The Bearagh native tallied a goal and 3 points
in the space of 5 minutes, and with that the contest was over. To their credit the Shamrocks continued to
give their best effort. Sheila Carroll
and Kelly Mullen pointed late in the game to salvage some pride for the Shamrocks,
but the defence of the title was in little danger. Two championships in 2 years for Connacht
ladies as they head for Cleveland
in the hopes of adding a North American title to their already impressive
Referee: Sean Joy (Kerry)
Player of the Game: Joanne O'Connell (
Shamrocks: K. Rohan, E. King, L. Doyle, B. Lockwood, L. Quinn, A. McDonnell, E. McGovern, S. Carroll (0-1), S. Mullen, K. Scanlon, S. McGovern (0-4), K. Mullen (0-1), R. Kelly, S. Woods (0-1), B. Kelly.
Connacht: C. Heraty, S. McAleer, E. Beirne, L. Burns,
H. Poff, J. O'Connell, M. Breen (0-1), A. McGlone, S. Brady, J. Ward (1-3), A.
Ring (0-2), A. Kerr (0-1), A. Fox (0-1), E. Gormley (0-2), C. Donnelly (2-2). Sub:
C. Foley (1-1).
By Rory O'Donnell