Sheehan gets Sceilge going
Three first-half goals paved the way for Coláiste na Sceilge to avenge their defeat in last year's final.
In a cracking contest at Rathmore, Aisling O'Sullivan, Sinead Dillon and midfielder Sinead Sheehan struck the goals that proved decisive.
The opening period was one-way traffic in the extreme as Sceilge blitzed their opponents, with Sheehan pouncing for a goal after three minutes before the inside duo of Aisling O'Sullivan and Dillon added one apiece before the break.
Sinead Walshe pulled a goal back for Loreto from a penalty on 42 minutes to offer the Cork girls hope but with Paula and Bronagh O'Sullivan outstanding in defence, the 2005 champions managed to hold on and claim the spoils.
Scorers -- Col Na Sceilge: A O'Sullivan, S Dillon 1-1 each, S Sheehan 1-0, L Curran 0-2, M O'Connell, A Galvin 0-1 each. Loreto SS: S Walshe 1-3 (0-1f), K Hannon 0-2, J Sheehan, N O'Donovan 0-1 each.
Col Na Sceilge -- E O'Driscoll; S O'Connell, S Kelly, P O'Sullivan; J Curran, B O'Sullivan, R Kissane; S Sheehan, L O'Sullivan; J O'Mahoney, M O'Connell, A Galvin; S Dillon, L Curran, A O'Sullivan. Subs: L O'Sullivan for J O'Mahoney (48), A Fitzgerald for R Kissane (49), K Curran for S Dillon (58).
Loreto SS -- C Kearney; A Mansell, A McGrath, K Coughlan; J Barry, C Gleeson, M O'Sullivan; F Cotter, J O'Brien; F Neville, E O'Hagan, N O'Donovan; J Sheehan, K Hannon, S Walshe. Sub: A O'Sullivan for K Hannon (47).
REF -- S Mulvihill (Kerry).