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Corofin crowned Senior champions

Wednesday, 19th September, 2012 11:21am

IT WAS a great weekend for Galway Ladies Football. Three County champions: Corofin at Senior, Kilkerrin-Clonberne at Intermediate and Annaghadown at Junior.

Corofin defeated the defending champions St Brendan's by 2-9 to 1-9; Kilkerrin-Clonberne defeated Claregalway (last year's Junior champions) by 10 points, 0-15 to 0-5 and Annaghadown defeated Naomh Anna Leitir Móir 4-7 to 2-10.

The quality of Ladies Club football in Galway is steadily growing over the past few years and that fact was born out over the weekend. There were three top class Championship finals played and large attendances at all three games were treated to a feast of good football.

The first was the Junior A Final between Naomh Anna Leitir Móir and Annaghadown played in Spiddal. Naomh Anna have been knocking at the door of Intermediate for the last few years and there were high expectations that they would achieve this year, but Annaghadown had other thoughts.[private]

Naomh Anna got off to a great start when Barbara Ní Loinsigh slotted over a point against a strong wind and it was followed by another from Niamh Ní Chualain. Gráinne Barret had a shot at goal blocked by the Naomh Anna goalie Nora Ní Ogain before Annaghadown registered their first score, a point from Aoife Scully. Aoife and Rachael pointed again for Annaghadown before Áine Ní Laoi found the back of the Annaghadown net. The sides exchanged points when Naomh Anna were awarded a penalty. Philomena Ní Fhlatharta make no mistake. The first half was drawing to a close when Annaghadown's Gráinne Barrett found the Naomh Anna net with a rocket and she followed that with a second goal. Philomena Ní Flatharta pointed for Naomh Anna and the sides went in at half-time level on 2-6 each.

Goals win games and after an exchange of points Gráinne Barret (Annaghadown) again found her range with her 3rd goal and this was followed by another from substitute Martha Goaley. Leitir Móir got the last three points of the game but that was not enough to win. Annaghadown won the game on a scoreline 4-7 to 2-10. Captain Theresa Fahy was presented with the Cup by the Chairman of Galway Ladies Football Board, Con Moynihan.

Annaghadown: Clare Burke-Coen, Ashling Meehan, Marian Murray, Gemma Burke, Áine Lawless, Niamh Duggan (0-1), Alison Burke, Theresa Fahy, Nicola Burke, Nicola Comer, Rachel King (0-3), Aoife Scully (0-2), Danielle Forde, Gráinne Barrett (3-1), Chloe Crowe, Sophie Ramberg, Martha Goaley (1-0), Orla Scully, Áine Curry, Julie Flaherty, Amy Hardiman, Katy Moylan, Sheila Browne, Emer Walsh, Allyson Kerrigan, Martina Canavan, Ashling Kineen, Niamh O'Shaughnessy, Aoife Hession, Fiona Lawless, Maeve Forde, Jenna Furey.

Naomh Anna, Leitir Móir: Nóra Ní Ógáin, Delia Ní Ghríofa, Tara Ní Dhomhnaill, Marion Ní Ghríofa, Barbara Ní Loingsigh (0-1), Sinéad Ní Cheallaigh, Anna Ní Cheallaigh, Sarah Ní Loingsigh (0-1), Niamh Ní Chualáin (0-1), Christine Nic Dhonnacha, Áine Ní Laoi (1-1), Mairéad Ní Loingsigh (0-1),Cliona Ní Cheallaigh, Marie Uí Chualáin (0-1), Philomena Ní Fhlatharta (1-3), Caoimhe Ní Laoi, Siobhán Ní Fhlatharta, Caitríona Ní Chualáin, Deirdre Seoige, Michelle Ní Chonghaile, Ríona Ní Fhlatharta (0-1), Caoilfhionn Ní Cheallaigh, Ciara Nic Fheargais, Sharon Ní Ógáin, Ciara Seoige, Danielle Nic Dhonnacha, Margaret Ní Dhomhnaill, Seosaimhín Ní Chonghaile.

The Intermediate final between Kilkerrin-Clonberne and Claregalway was switched from Pearse Stadium to Monivea. This promised to be a cracker but this game was marred by a strong wind. Kilkerrin-Clonberne played with the wind in the first half and had registered 4 points, one each from Louise Ward, Olivia Divilly, Annette Clarke and Lisa Gannon, before Claregalway's Deirdre Brennan pointed from a free. Louise Ward and Ciara Newell exchanged points, Deirdre slotted over another point for Claregalway and Kilkerrin-Clonberne had 2 points from Olivia Divilly and Annette Clarke pointed before half-time. Clarke again found her range against the breeze and Lisa Walsh and Deirdre Brennan exchanged points from frees. Kilkerrin-Clonberne had 2 further points each from Catriona Burke and Annette Clarke and their last point from the boot of their captain Lisa Gannon. Claregalway got the last score of the game, a point by Michelle Delaney. Con Moynihan presented the Intermediate Cup to Lisa Gannon.

Kilkerrin-Clonberne: Lisa Murphy, Annie Miskell, Aoife McStay, Sarah Gormally, Aisling Walsh, Nicola Ward, Ailbhe Mahoney, Lisa Gannon (0-2), Annette Clarke (0-5), Aoife Heverin, Louise Ward (0-2), Olivia Divilly (0-3), Sarah Ward, Ciara Heverin, Lisa Walsh (0-1), Lorraine McStay, Deirdre Bracken, Maria Gormally, Catriona Burke (0-2), Anne Marie Boyle, Katie Higgins, Karen Finnegan, Amy Boyle, Siobhán Boyle.

Claregalway: Deirdre Cullina, Emily Gavin, Helen Moran, Karen Dowd, Georgina Healy, Amy Rohan, Ruth Horkan, Siobhán Gavin, Ciara Newell (0-1), Aislinn Newell, Deirdre Brennan (0-3), Orla Dixon, Michelle Dunleavy (0-1), Charlotte Cooney, Ciara Burke, Hannah Coen (captain), Siofra Leonard, Megan Glynn, Tara Hession, Louise Brennan, Roisín Gavin, Emer O'Connell, Eimear Joyce, Roisín Holland.

The Senior final between Corofin and St Brendan's was also played in Monivea. This was the same pairing as in 2011. St Brendan's were the conquerors on that occasion but Corofin came back with a new impetus this year. St Brendan's had a lot of experienced familiar names on their line-out and Corofin had a new look with a lot of young, but experienced, players. The first half was low-scoring. Corofin opened their account with a point from Roisín, the youngest of the three Leonard sisters; Gillian Joyce slotted over two frees for St Brendan's, Lisa Leonard, sister number two, pointed for Corofin before Gillian Joyce blazed a penalty wide for St Brendan's. This was followed by 4 points from Tracey Leonard (2 frees) and one from Orla Newell for Corofin.

The second half opened with another point from Roisín Leonard. Gillian Joyce pointed from a free for St Brendan's and Aoife Martin put one over from play. The third Leonard sister Emer broke from centre-field and scored a cracker of a goal for Corofin. That goal sparked life into all the players and the next 20 minutes were action-packed. St Brendan's won the kick-out and Leann Walsh scored another great goal for St Brendan's. Rebecca McPhilbin and Tracey Leonard exchanged points. Gillian Joyce and Nora Ward scored two for St Brendan's to cut it to a 2-point deficit. Roisín Leonard kicked what looked to be a great point but it dipped under the crossbar and Corofin were in the driving seat again. Angela Coleman and Gillian Joyce scored two more points for St Brendan's but that was not enough, Corofin won the day on a scoreline of 2-9 to St Brendan's 1-9.

Meadhbh Maloney was presented with the Cup by chairman Con Moynihan.

Corofin: Leonie Higgins, Meadhbh Moloney, Cliodhna Moloney, Ciara Ryan, Iona Burke, Michelle Glynn, Roisín Hession, Lisa Leonard, Emer Leonard, Aoife Newell, Orla Newell, Nicola Costello, Roisín Leonard, Tracey Leonard, Aoife Creaven, Patricia Gleeson, Sheila Fitzgerald, Fiona Cooley, Chloe Roche, Dearbhla Gower, Eva Higgins, Chelsey Blade, Leanne Coen, Dervla Higgins, Tara Creaven, Aine Seoige.

St Brendan's: Emma Smith, Andrea Quinn, Áine Gilmore, Nicola Fahy, Nora Ward, Angela Coleman, Karen Conboy, Niamh Lohan, Rebecca McPhilbin, Leann Walsh, Michelle Delaney, Aoife Martin, Liadan Greally, Gillian Joyce, Emma O'Malley, Ellen Muldoon, Hazel Hevehan, Niamh O'Rourke, Aoife McDonagh, Sarah Kelly, Alex Murray.[/private]

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