Friday 23 June 2017

King's display crowns final win

Annaghdown (Galway) 1-13 S O'Neill's (Armagh) 3-5

Annaghdown players celebrate with the cup following the All Ireland Ladies Football Intermediate Club Championship Final against Shane ONeills. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Annaghdown players celebrate with the cup following the All Ireland Ladies Football Intermediate Club Championship Final against Shane ONeills. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Jackie Cahill

Rachel King produced a scintillating attacking display as Galway outfit Annaghdown were crowned All-Ireland ladies IC football champions at Parnell Park yesterday.

Full-forward King scored 1-4 from play as Annaghdown overturned a five-point first half deficit to see off Armagh's Shane O'Neill's by two points.

Niamh Duggan of Annaghdown in action against Claire Garvey of Shane O'Neills. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Niamh Duggan of Annaghdown in action against Claire Garvey of Shane O'Neills. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Annaghdown were superb in the second half - outscoring their opponents by 1-8 to 1-2 - but Shane O'Neills were rocked by a yellow card for key midfielder Shauna Grey five minutes after the break.

In the 10 minutes that Grey was off the pitch, Annaghdown picked off 1-5.

Armagh senior ace Aimee Mackin was scorer-in-chief for Shane O'Neills, with 2-4, but she also missed a few, as the runners-up racked up 14 wides, compared to five for Annaghdown.

Gráinne Barrett at centre forward and captain and player of the match Niamh Duggan, a 2004 All-Ireland senior medallist with Galway, were other big players for Annaghdown.

Scorers - Annaghdown: R King 1-4, G Barrett 0-4 (2f), N Burke & N Duggan (1f) 0-2 each, C McCarthy 0-1. Shane O'Neills: A Mackin 2-4 (0-1f), B Mackin 1-0, K Murphy 0-1.

Annaghdown - M.K. Killilea; J Burke, B Quinn, F Wynne; Chelsie Crowe, Chloe Crowe, T Keane; E Coyle, N Burke; N Duggan, G Barrett, A Scully; N Comer, R King, E Keane. Subs: C McCarthy for Keane (h.t.), K Forde for Comer (44), R Naughton for Scully (54).

Shane O'Neills - K Daly; K Murphy, E Kenny, C McMenamin; H McMenamin, L Kenny, C Sloan; S Grey, B Mackin; A McCoy, M Feehan, E Hannaway; A Jones, A Mackin, C Garvey. Subs: J Watters for Murphy (41), S McDonnell for Hannaway (42).

Ref - S McNulty (Wicklow)

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