Clare Intermediate Ladies Championship Final

posted 10 Oct 2016, 11:54 by Eimear McMahon


Coolmeen Ladies defeated Burren Gaels in the 2016 Clare Ladies County Intermediate Football final on a score of 2 – 09 to 1 – 09

This was a brilliant game of football between two evenly matched sides. Coolmeen made a blistering start when Emma McMahon blasted the ball to the net in the opening minute. This was followed by a Eimear O’Connor point from play. Burren Gaels responded with 3 points of their own to reduce the deficit. Emma McMahon pointed 2 frees for Coolmeen before Burren Gaels again scored 3 points to level the game. At this stage Coolmeen goalie Grace Lynch pulled off a world class save to deny Burren Gaels a certain goal. Eimear O’Connor scored a great point from play before Burren Gaels again equalised. In the final action of the half Eimear O’Connor pointed a free to give the Coolmeen Ladies a 1 point lead at the break

Half Time: Coolmeen Ladies: 1 – 05 Burren Gaels: 0 – 07

Burren Gaels started the second half in determined fashion with 2 points from play to take the lead. Coolmeen responded in great fashion with 2 Eimear O’Connor points. Once again Grace Lynch came to the rescue with a great interception to deny Burren Gaels a goal. The action swung from end to end as both sides fought to gain control. The crucial score of the half came from Niamh Markham when she burst through and buried the ball in the Burren Gaels net to give Coolmeen a 4 point lead. Coolmeen were now dominant & Clodagh Murphy kicked 2 great points from play to extend the lead to 6 points. Burren Gaels fought bravely & in injury time they scored a goal directly from a 13m free. They pressed forward in the dying minutes seeking an equaliser but the Coolmeen defence held firm & at the final whistle claimed a deserved victory. 

Full Time: Coolmeen Ladies 2 – 09 Burren Gaels: 1 - 09

All the Coolmeen supporters poured on to the field to celebrate this famous victory. After the game Clare Ladies County Secretary Trudy Davenport presented player of the match trophy to Emma McMahon. She then presented the Intermediate Championship Winning Cup to Coolmeen Ladies Captain Eimear O’Connor

COOLMEEN TEAM: Grace Lynch, Riona Cleary, Sophie Devanney, Laura Vaughan, Aisling Reidy, Fiona McMahon, Lisa Farrell, Niamh Markham, Sinead Reidy, Emma McMahon, Clodagh Murphy, Sarah McCann, Niamh Greene, Eimear O’Connor (C), Valerie Conneely

SUBS: Eimear Greene, Aisling Mc Cann, Niamh O’Connell, Ailish Kenny, Gillian Finnucane, Caroline Casey, Orlaith O’Connor, Marie Haugh, Lauren Shannon, Josie Lucas, Ciara Kenny, Susan Casey, Deirdre Casey, Ashley O’Brien, Sinead McCann

MENTORS: John Murphy, Sean P McMahon, Aoife Corry