Finals warm hearts of supporters
THE Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Lú November finals took place in Páirc Naomh Mairtín on a bitterly cold day but still attracted a good number of supporters.
In the popular Corn Mhic Ardail, Mell NS faced St Joseph's NS Dundalk. This was the first time Mell NS had reached a county final and they were hungry from the start.
Both goalkeepers made some fantastic saves and the score would have been very different without their strong displays.
St Joseph's made life very difficult for Mell and the score remained very close until an early goal for Mell in the second half decided the result. It finished 2-3 to 2-0 in Mell's favour.
Next up was the Corn Shean Mac Caba which pitted Harestown NS against St Oliver's NS Blackrock.
Both teams displayed all the wonderful skills of girls football. Harestown dominated the first half scorewise, leading 2-0 to 0-0, but after the break the girls from Blackrock came back fighting, scored 2-3 and had come to within a point of Harestown.
But a goal and two points from the ladies in blue and yellow created a gap which Blackrock could not close and it finished 3-2 to 2-3.
The last final was the Corn Mhic Ardail which saw St Malachys BNS take on Monastery Ardee.
From the outset it was clear that Ardee were out to bury the demons of the previous years which saw them lose this final in 2011 and 2012.
St Malachy's weren't going to take all this lying down, however, and they fought extremely hard against the mid Louth side, and at one point the Dundalk men came within one point.
However, two frees for Ardee in quick succession saw them home on a scoreline of 1-17 to 3-8.