BRONAGH SHERIDAN produced an attacking masterclass to help Parnells secure victory over Cahir in Ballymore Eustace. The Cavan star kicked nine points, six from play, as Parnells became the first team from outside of Ireland to win a national ladies club football crown.
The London-based outfit, runners-up in this grade in 2003 and beaten senior finalists back in 1995, had too much class for a youthful Cahir team.
Parnells, inspired by captain and player of the match Hannah Noonan at midfield, were 0-13 to 0-0 clear before Cahir registered their first score of the game in the 44th minute.
Aisling McCarthy netted a penalty nine minutes from time for Cahir, but Parnells response was immediate as Arsenal soccer star Niamh Fahey, an All- Ireland senior medallist with Galway in 2004, grabbed her side's second goal.
Cahir's best spell of the game coincided with the sin-binning of Parnells sub Ann Marie Mohan midway through the second half, shortly after she had come on.
But the damage was already done as Parnells had led 0-8 to 0-0 at half-time and it could have been more as Lisa McSweeney rattled the Cahir crossbar just before the break.
Sheridan kicked seven points for Parnells in the first half, with Geraldine Munnelly also on target.
Scorers – Parnells: B Sheridan 0-9 (6f), S McCooey 1-1, N Fahey 1-0, R Murphy, H Noonan, G Munnelly & H Carroll 0-1 each. Cahir: A McCarthy 1-1 (1-0 pen, 0-1f), L Barrett 0-1.
Parnells – M King; N Gilmore, N Murphy, B Durkan; D O'Riordan, M Jordan, R Murphy; N Fahey, H Noonan; L McSweeney, S Lynch, S McCooey; G Munnelly, B Sheridan, H Carroll. Subs: AM Mohan for Lynch (42), H Stephens for Carroll (48), A Birrane for Durkan (53), S Ní Dhonncha for Munnelly (56), J Murphy for McSweeney (60).
CAHIR – N Armitage; E Buckley, E Casey, L McEniry; M Burke, E Corcoran, F Casey; A O'Connor, A.M. O'Gorman; K Downey, L Barrett, R Howard; O McEniry, A McCarthy, C Higgins. Subs: A Moloney for Downey (22), S Heffernan for L McEniry (42), A Corcoran for Buckley (48), O Casey for E Corcoran (56).
Ref – M Farrelly (Cavan).