MUNSTER SENIOR B LADIES FOOTBALL FINAL St Mary's Macroom 4-15 Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig 3-4 ST. Mary's Macroom were crowned champions of Munster last Saturday in Mallow.
Although the score might show that the Macroom girls ran out comfortable winners it was only in the last quarter that St. Mary's really took control of the game.
Ballincollig made a bright start with a point from centre forward Eimear Scally. It didn't take Macroom long to reply with points from Aoife Plunkett and Katie O'Connell.
Coláiste Choilm then replied with another point and added to that with a goal which, turned out to be their last score of the first half. Marie Ambrose lead from the back with a powerful performance from full back helped by Aileen Corkery in the half back line who surely was in the running for player of the match.
Macroom finished out the half with a goal from Mairéad Corkery and seven points from a brace of players, most notably Claire Byrne whose classy finishing was notable.
The score at half time stood at St. Mary's 1-9 to Coláiste Choilm 1-2.
St. Mary's were forced into making substitutions at half time with Gráinne Twomey coming on for the injured Yvonne Burgoyne and Síofra Burgoyne coming on for Rachel Hurley.
Coláiste Choilm stared the second half with some intent scoring two quick goals and a point to level the game.
With 15 minutes gone in the second half the game was in the balance. Macroom then began to get a hold of the game with players starting to win one on one battle's against the Coláiste Choilm girls. Mairéad Corkery who finished with a tally of 2-1 from midfield complemented the hard work of Becky Hennigan at number nine. Niamh Duggan also put in a hugely effective shift from wing forward and was on hand to help Aoife Plunkett score her grand total of 1- 6, all from play, save one point from a free.
The Macroom side introduced substitutes Emma Lyons, Sara-Beth O'Mullane and Ali Jones who helped steady the ship in the closing part of the game.
When the hour was up the scores stood at St. Mary's 4-15, Coláiste Choilm 3- 4 and the Munster Senior B Post Primary Cup was on its way back to Macroom.
Player of the match went to Claire Byrne and deservedly so as it was her strength in running and accuracy when shooting which stood out during a game of high quality from both sides.
St. Mary's can now look forward to an All-Ireland semi-final in early March.
Scoil Mhuire Abú!! St. Mary's: Jean O'Sullivan (St. Val's), Ann-Marie Ryan (St. Val's), Marie Ambrose (St. Val's), Yvonne Burgoyne (St. Val's), Aileen Corkery (St. Val's), Aisling Kelleher (St. Val's), Angela Crowley (St. Val's), Mairéad Corkery (St. Val's), Becky Hennigan (St. Val's), Niamh Duggan (Naomh Abán), Claire Murphy (St. Val's), Katie O'Connell (St. Val's), Aoife Plunkett (St. Val's), Claire Murphy (St. Val's), Rachel Hurley ( Macroom). Subs: Síofra Burgoyne ( St. Val's), Gráinne Twomey (St. Val's), Emma Lyons (St. Val's), Ali Jones ( Naomh Fionnbarra), Niamh McCarthy (St. Val's), Elaine O'Brien ( St. Val's), Grace Buckley (Macroom), Sara Beth O'Mullane (St. Val's), Sinéad Plukett (St. Val's), Nicola Dennehy (St. Val's), Rachel Horgan (Macroom), Mairéad O'Sullivan (St. Val's), Aisling Buckley (St. Val's).