Ladies Intermediate 9 a Side Final
St Marys 3-05
Glencar Manor 1-05
St Marys celebrated a rare ladies adult title in Drumshanbo on Sunday morning as they defeated a weakened Glencar Manor team in the final of the 9 a side league. It was a deserved title for Marys who worked hard throughout the game with the accuracy of Ceara Firzpatrick, the defending of Lorraine Guckian and the workrate of the McWeeney sisters a feature of the game. Glencar Manor were without the Cleary sisters and injuries to Grainne O?Connor and Siobhan Feehily did not help their cause but Mary Poinard had a fine game in the middle and was supported well by Emer O?Connor and Marie Clerkin.
Glencar Manor attacked first and had a goal chance blocked well by Lorraine Guckian in the first minute. Two minutes later Lauraine Walpole hit a shot wide as St Marys began to settle into the game. Sinead McWeeney was unlucky as she hit a first time shot narrowly wide. After six minutes St Marys were awarded a 45 and a quick one two resulted in an unstoppable shot to the net by Michelle Glancy. Two minutes later Ceara Fitzpatrick opened her account with a good point from play and she was involved in another attack a minute later but her shot hit the crossbar and was cleared to safety. With Sinead McWeeney dominating midfield her sister Cait hit a fine point from play to put St Marys further in front at the half way stage. Glencar Manor had a chance to open their account but Marie Clerkins shot went narrowly wide. With eight minutes remaining St Marys went eight points up as Enya McWeeney hit a second great goal from distance. Glen Car Manor responded immediately when a great ball over the top to Siobhan Feehily was hit over for a fine point. Two minutes later Catriona Love was on hand to hit the net as Bernadette Glancy found a Feehily effort too hard to control to bring Manor back into the game. St Marys had three chances to increase their lead at the break but a combination of poor finishing and good defending kept the score at 2-2 to 1-1 at the break.
St Marys went further in front at the restart with a Fitzpatrick free. Sub Ciara Watters reduced the lead with a point from play and a free as Manor were dealt a blow with an injury to Siobhan Feehily. With Manor gaining more confidence a great defensive display from Lorraine Guckian prevented two certainÓgoals with some great tackling. Fitzpatrick added to her tally midway through the half with another pointed free. A combination of Glancy in the goals and Guckian prevented another certain Manor goal as on the counter attack Fitzpatrick hit another point from play. With five minutes remaining Fitzpatrick sealed a good personal performance with a fine goal from play. Glencar Manor tried hard in the last few minutes to rescue the game and were rewarded with two points from Janette Maguire and Dympna Boylan but it was too little to late as St Marys celebrated a rare title.
St Marys: Bernadette Glancy, Lorraine Guckian, Cait McWeeney, Claire Greene, Michelle Glancy, Sinead McWeeney, Niamh Flynn, Ceara Fitzpartick, Enya McWeeney.
Glencar Manor: Claire Gallaghe, Aisling Kerrigan, Emer O?Connor, Grainne O?Connor, Mary Poinard, Marie Clerkin, Lauraine Walpole, Siobhan Feehily.
07-Sep-06 by Patricia Bohan – Ladies PRO