Congratulations to the Ladies Minor team on their superb victory over Ballyporeen in the county semi-final on Saturday, November 24. The fixture didn’t run smoothly, however, as both teams were fully warmed up on the pitch at a neutral venue in Ardfinnan when word came through that the referee was unavailable – he thought the match was due to be played on Sunday. With light fading, a decision was made to move the match to Ballyporeen under lights and a replacement referee recruited (who was en route to another match in New Inn!).
The match finally got started almost one and half hours later than the planned kick-off time. Despite the upset, Fethard made a superb start in the first half, holding Ballyporeen to a single point (compared to their first half tally of 5-1 in their previous encounter during the championship). Although Ballyporeen made a strong comeback in the second half, the Fethard girls prevailed on a score of 2-7 to 2-4. Fethard are now through to the county final against Ardfinnan. This is the third year in a row in which Fethard and Ardfinnan contest a Minor final, with both sides having previously won one each. Hopefully, the Fethard girls will make it two-from-three in the next week.