TWO weeks ago we wrote about the great feat achieved by the girls of Loreto Convent in Fermoy in capturing the Munster senior A schools football title when they overcame St Mary's Mallow after a rip roaring game played in Castletownroche.
Now we can add to this the fact that the school's junior team has since added the Munster junior A School's title to the school's long list of successes as a result of having travelled to Cahir recently where they met and defeated the local Colaiste Dun Iascaigh, on the score of 6-3 to 1-10 for the locals.
Drawing from players from local clubs such as Fermoy, Bride Rovers, Inch Rovers and Watergrasshill, Loreto were always going to have a strong panel to choose from.
All their players are performing regularly for their clubs and even some are regulars on the county juvenile teams. Nevertheless it is a wonderful achievement to win the double senior and junior c/ships, it would, in its own right be similar to a College winning the Harty and the Dean Ryan Cups in the one year.
These results are a tribute to the team coaches Ger Murphy and James Ahern.
The Fermoy girls were in great goal scoring form in the opening half with Fermoy players Abbie Scannell and Saoirse Moore in devastating form.
Incidentally both Abbie and Saoirse are great-granddaughter and grand-daughter of former Cork County GAA Board Chairmen the late Mr Andy Scannell former NT in Clondulane who held office in the 1950s, and a more recent holder of the office Mr. Mick Dolan, who incidentally is convalescing after a recent hip op and to whom we extend best wishes for a full recovery.
To get back to the match, Isobel Pyne, another Fermoy girl in top form, scored Loreto's second goal before Abbie Scannell 2-1 and Saoirse Moore 0-1 saw the Fermoy girls ahead at the interval on the score Fermoy 4-2 Cahir 0-5,
The Cahir school upped the ante in the early part of the second half adding three early points to close the gap before they breached Anne Brennan's goal area to reduce it to a four point lead, but as in the first half, it was Saoirse Moore who took the game by the scruff of the neck and after a great solo effort she weaved her way through to score a great goal and one that was to prove a match defining one as things turned out.
Isobel Pyne followed with another excellent goal, her second of the game, good work by Bride Rovers Karen Sheehan and Fermoy's Niamh Sexton broke up several promising Cahir attacks before Saoirse Moore who was awarded the accolade of player of the match, fittingly had the final say with her second point of the day,
We congratulate Loreto on their splendid victory and wishing them all the best when they, like their senior colleagues, take on the Ulster Schools winners in the All-Ireland semi-final later on towards the end of March.