Coláiste Dun Iascaigh 2-10 Loreto Fermoy 3-5
By Donal Barry
It took a match winning performance from Cahir’s Aisling Moloney who belied her young age to defeat defending Munster and All Ireland Champions Loreto Fermoy in the highest Post Primary grade around. Coláiste Dun Iascaigh were to runout 2-10 to 3-5 winners in Ballynoe, Co. Cork.
Many who took to the field to congratulate their team at full time will be well aware of the long march to success as it was not too long ago that the team suffered heavy defeats from both Kerry and Cork schools on an annual basis.
However this was to be different - back-boned by many of the junior winning team and playing an assured brand of football they led from almost start to finish. Indeed were it not for a lapse in concentration in the full back line, Fermoy’s Aoife Heffernan’s twenty one metre free may well have been cleared but it was not and Fermoy were to take their only lead in the game on the sixth minute 2-0 to 1-2.
Cahir got off to the perfect start scoring from all three attacks inside the first three minutes. Roisin Howard taking her goal well. However, Fermoy showed brief glimpses of their mettle and over turned the five points in a matter of minutes with Abbie Scannell and then Aoife Heffernan’s efforts raising green flags. Moloney then came into her own scoring points either side of Lauren Noonan’s twelfth minute goal to restore them to a 2-4 to 2-0 lead.
As the half wore on Fermoy got to grips with Cahir’s style of play and they began to assert a period of dominance and outscored the Tipp side by 0-3 to 0-2 to trail by just a goal at the break and no doubt the happier of the sides.
The second half never lived up to the all action first half and scores were proving more difficult to get as both sides tightened up considerably. Cahir deployed Moloney to mainly a mopping up role and the sixteen year old showed experience beyond her years as repeatedly she managed to be in the right place. Dillon and Howard were making all the runs as Fermoy drifted deeper in defence happy to counter attack.
Cahir had themselves in a great position by the 45th minute as they were out to a 2-9 to 2-4 lead but the champions struck twice in a minute. First Grace Cullity drifted a 30-yard effort over the bar before she was again involved in the next move when her through ball ended up with Aoife Heffernan whose lazy shot trickled past Lauren Fitzpatrick to give Fermoy a lifeline. Aoife Corcoran reply was instant as her 50th minute effort gave them a little day light to extend the lead to just two points.
It was a lead they would hold until the end as both sides failed to score in the last ten minutes, as both were guilty of their poorest football of the day with a host of missed chances.
Cahir will now play the Connacht winners in the All-Ireland semi-final. The road to All Ireland glory has just begun for the Tipperary side who become the first side from the premier county to reach such heights.
Coláiste Dun Iascaigh: L Fitzpatrick, R O’Donnell, C Walsh, C Hickey, L Dillion 0-1, M Murphy, L Keeley, A Corcoran 0-2, A Moloney 0-4 (0-1F), R Moloney, C Condon 0-1(F), L Noonan 1-0, K Burke 0-1, R Howard 1-1, K Farrell Subs: H Walsh for K Farrell (41), L Murphy for L Noonan (41)
Loreto Fermoy: A Brennan, J Blackbourne, G Collins, E Condon, J O’Keefe, J Tonks, U Blackburne, T O’Sullivan, A Heffernan 2-2 (1-2F), I Pyne, G Cullity 0-2, S Gleeson 0-1, A Scannell, S Moore, M Cronin Subs: K Sheehan for S Gleeson (H/T) T Murphy for M Cronin (53)
Referee: M Duffy (Tipperary)