Tuesday 22 August 2017

Cassidy girls' fitting tribute

Slaughtneil 1-10 Sarsfield S 0-11

Mary Kelly and Eilís Ní Chaiside of Slaughtneil embrace following their side's victory in the AIB All-Ireland Senior Camogie final Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Mary Kelly and Eilís Ní Chaiside of Slaughtneil embrace following their side's victory in the AIB All-Ireland Senior Camogie final Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
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A record attendance of 6,123 witnessed an Ulster team winning the AIB All-Ireland senior club title for only the second time as Slaughtneil proved stronger on the home straight after a ding-dong battle with a resolute Sarsfields.

It is a first success for a Derry side but a fifth consecutive defeat for Galway.

Tara Kenny of Sarsfields in action against Therese Mellon of Slaughtneil Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Tara Kenny of Sarsfields in action against Therese Mellon of Slaughtneil Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Slaughtneil had already secured an historic three-timer at senior level in Ulster. But this one had extra resonance as joint-manager Thomas Cassidy had passed away just before the drawn Ulster final, and his three daughters Aoife -as captain, who lifted the trophy - Brona and Eilís all played.

The vital goal came five minutes in when Éilis Ní Chaiside showed tremendous vision to hit a reverse pass off the sod while running away from goal, back towards Mary Kelly and the corner-forward made no mistake.

SCORERS- Slaughtneil: L Dougan 0-6fs, E Ní Chaiside 0-3, M Kelly 1-0, S Graham 0-1. Sarsfields: N McGrath 0-4(3fs, 1 '45'); O McGrath, S McGrath 0-3 each, S Spellman 0-1.

SLAUGHTNEIL - J Bradley; J McMullan, B Ní Chaiside, Dervlagh McGuigan; G O'Kane, A Ní Chaiside, C McGrath; L Dougan, S Graham; S McKaigue, E Ní Chaiside, Denise McGuigan; M Kelly, S Mellon, T Mellon. Subs: B McAister for Denise McGuigan (48), F Burke for S Mellon (58), C Mulholland for T Mellon (60+3)

Sarah Spellman of Sarsfields in action against Gráinne O'Kane of Slaughtneil Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Sarah Spellman of Sarsfields in action against Gráinne O'Kane of Slaughtneil Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

SARSFIELDS - Y Lyons; R Murphy, L Ward, A Spellman; T Kenny, C McGrath, E Leslie; N McGrath, K Gallagher; S Spellman, O McGrath, K Donohue; S Cannon, M Cooney, S McGrath.

REF - R Kelly (Kildare)

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