Aherlow pipped in Munster club ladies football final

Kilmallock was the venue for a thrilling Munster Club Intermediate Championship Final between Aherlow and Boherbue, Cork on Sunday last. Aherlow after their victory in the Tipperary Intermediate Final faced some stiff competition to ensure a place in the Munster Championship Final thanks to hard earned victories over Scartaglin, Kerry and Mungret St. Paul’s, Limerick.

Kilmallock was the venue for a thrilling Munster Club Intermediate Championship Final between Aherlow and Boherbue, Cork on Sunday last. Aherlow after their victory in the Tipperary Intermediate Final faced some stiff competition to ensure a place in the Munster Championship Final thanks to hard earned victories over Scartaglin, Kerry and Mungret St. Paul’s, Limerick.

From the throw-in the game began at a very fast pace and within the first minute Shauna Kelly, Boherbue scored the first point of the game. Edel Hanley replied with a point from a free within the next minute but from the kick out Julie Dennehy, Boherbue scored another point. Edel Hanley in the sixth minute added another point from a free but Julie Dennehy replied with a goal. Claire O’Connor, Boherbue netted the ball twice in the next ten minutes to widen the gap to eight points while Áinne Staunton scored Aherlow’s their only point in this period. Aherlow fought hard in the last remaining ten minutes of the first half. Edel Hanley narrowly missed a goal chance but the ball found the posts for a point. Edel scored the last two points of the first half to narrow the deficit to five points as the half time whistle blew. Boherbue 3-2 Aherlow 0-6.

Edel Hanley scored the first point from a free in the 35th minute. Boherbue replied shortly after with a Julie Dennehy free. Aherlow continued to dominate for the next twenty minutes, scoring five unanswered points to draw level by the 48th minute. The next score would be vital and both teams battled hard for the next eight minutes before Julie Dennehy, Boherbue got the next point. They would add a further two points to the score line before the final whistle blew. Boherbue 3-6 Aherlow 0-12.

Aherlow battled well but unfortunately, it was not their day. Congratulations to Edel Hanley on receiving the Player of the Match Award which was presented to her by Munster Ladies Gaelic Football Vice President, Mr Anthony O’Brien.

Aherlow:- Louise Grogan; Laura Ivory, Gráinne Wade, Bríd Condon; Aoife Meaney, Rachel Kenneally, Gráinne Ryan; Siobhán Condon, Bláthnaid Watters; Claire Mullins, Áinne Staunton (0-1), Anne Marie Fahey; Katie Crowe, Edel Hanley - Captain (0-11, 10 Frees), Máire Condon

Subs - Emer McCarthy, Gráinne Blackburn, Maeve O’Gorman, Julie O’Meara, Gráinne Condon, Eleanor Ryan, Kate O’Meara, Sara Morrissey, Deirdre Mullins, Emma Burke, Amy Ryan. 

ENDA MCDONNELL, RIP

Tipperary Ladies Gaelic Football Association was in shock last week with the announcement of the passing of Mr Enda McDonnell, Munster Ladies Gaelic Football President and Tipperary Ladies Gaelic Football PRO. Friends of Enda’s from all over Ireland and overseas came to pay their respects to him and his family during the week. Tipperary Ladies Gaelic Football would like to thank all who those helped in any way.

BEAT 102-103FM SPORTS AWARD

Congratulations to Mairead Morrissey, Brian Borus on receiving South East September Sports Award. The award is in conjunction with Beat 102 103 and the Mount Wolseley Hotel Carlow. Mairead was nominated last week and there was a week of public voting to ensure her award. Thanks to all the supporters who took the time to vote for Mairead. Early next year the overall winner for 2013 will be announced and we wish Mairead the best of luck.