Two East Cork Teams Crowned U 14 County Champions
Congratulations to Glanmire on winning the U 14 “A” county title for a second year in a row and congratulations also to Midleton on winning the U 14 “C” county title for the first time in their history.
Well done also to Inch Rovers who contested the County “A” final and Youghal who contested the “B” final for the first time in their short history so the future of ladies football looks very bright in East Cork.
U 14 “C” County Final
Midleton 6-03 Keelnameela 2-05
Midleton won their first U 14 County title when they defeated Keelnameela in the County “C” final played at a very sunny Redmonds venue on Thursday last. It was the West Cork club second year in a row being in the final but it was a venture into the unknown for the East Cork side .Right from the start Midleton took control of this game with their midfield pairing of Clodagh Finn and Ali Smith running at their opponents defence and distributing the ball to a very slick forward line. Two goals mid way through the half from Finn and another just before half time from Orla Evens saw them well on their way as they led at the interval by 3-2 to 1-04.
Keelnameela to their credit regrouped in the second period and put the Midleton defence under severe pressure and managed to get back to within two points with only ten minutes remaining. The Midleton back line who were well marshalled by captain Amy O’ Neill in goals stood firm and kept scoring opportunities to a minimum but goals win matches and Finn scored another from a free for the magpies and Evens pounced on a rebound off the upright to put this game beyond doubt with five minutes remaining Keelnameela like the great club they are kept going but Finn scored her fourth goal in the dying seconds to give Midleton an historic victory. Well done to both sides for reaching the county final and for giving us a very entertaining and exciting game
U 14 “B County Final
Ballinora 5 20 Youghal 2-03
Well done to the U 14 girls from Youghal who contested the U 14 “B” county final on Monday night last Great credit is due to this bunch of girls who represented the East Cork division with distinction but came up against a super Ballinora team on the night
It is easy to see why Ballinora are Cork Ladies’ Football representatives in the Féile Peil Na NÓg as they have a wonderful bunch of very talented players who played with great fluency and cohesion. While this is a very well balanced team a number of girls deserve special mention as they were the power house of the Ballinora team Caoimhe Murphy, Cliona Dooley, Rose Murphy who scored 2 05 Aoife Quirke and especially Katie O Shea who finished with a tally of 2 12 Best of luck to the Ballinora squad who represent Cork Ladies’ Football in the Féile proper in Kerry next weekend and it will take a very good team to beat them.
U 14 “A” County Final
Glanmire 4-10 Inch Rovers 2-11
Glanmire retained their county “A” title with a good win over their East Cork rivals Inch Rovers in Carrigtwohill on Monday evening. Both these sides know each other well having played each other many times over the years and there is nothing to choose between them.
Glanmire had the bulk of the play in the first half but were very wasteful with their shooting Inch Rovers on the other hand were very economic and kept taking their opportunities and both sides were tied at the break 1-04 to 0-07.
Glanmire came out of the blocks quickly in the second period scoring two relatively easy goals which left Inch with a mountain to climb. In fairness Inch rallied well and put Glanmire under pressure and were it not for some sterling work by Orlaithe Roche, Laura O’Sullivan and captain Nicole Turpin as well as the other Glanmire backs the result might have been completely different but Glanmire rallied the storm and pushed on showing they are a very well balanced team scoring some lovely scores and never really looked in trouble running out winners on a score line 4-10 to 2-11 Well done to both teams for a great game of Ladies Football. Congratulations Glanmire and the very best of luck to Inch Rovers in the regional Féile finals in Portlaois next weekend