Leonard stars for St Maurs
St Maurs (Dublin) 2-13 Kinsale (Cork) 3-8
Dublin senior panellist Olivia Leonard was superb as St Maurs claimed All-Ireland junior club glory on Saturday.
Leonard ruled the roost at midfield and scored 1-5 from play as St Maurs won the battle of the first-time finalists at Netwatch Cullen Park in Carlow.
It was an exceptional game played in front of a bumper crowd and St Maurs managed to hold off a second-half fightback from Kinsale to win by two points.
Kinsale's All-Star forward Orla Finn scored five points, with All-Ireland minor medallist Sadhbh O'Leary finishing with 2-2, but this was an exceptional defensive effort from St Maurs, who had Jessica Kelly excellent in the spare role at the back.
At half-time, St Maurs were 2-8 to 1-4 clear and it was a devastating spell of scoring approaching the break that opened the seven-point gap.
But Kinsale came back and eventually steadied the ship as the Cork team refused to die, but then they lost Emma O'Brien to the sin-bin late on and, try as they might, just couldn't reel St Maurs in.
Scorers- St Maurs: S O'Leary 2-2 (1-0 pen), O Finn 0-5 (2f), A Keating 1-0, F Ahern 0-1. Kinsale: O Leonard 1-5, L Carthy 1-2, N Carthy 0-3 (1f), J Kelly, S McGuinness & Á Pyne 0-1 each.
St Maurs - F Towers; S A O'Brien, N Thorne, J Kelly; G Thorne, S McGuinness, S Moran; E McGuinness (capt), O Leonard; N Carthy, E Conway, Á Pyne; L Harford, M Foley, L Carthy. Subs: M Benson for O'Brien (35), M Moran for Harford (35), A McGuinness for Pyne (58), N Tynan for L Carthy (60+2).
Kinsale - A Judge (capt); T McCarthy, E O'Brien, C Keohane; G Buckley, C O'Callaghan, G Gould; A Keating, L Copithorne; J Cronin, J Murphy, E Murphy; F Ahern, O Finn, S O'Leary. Subs: D Tyner for Judge (inj, 28), R Murphy for Gould (h-t), A Lee for O'Callaghan (60+3).
Ref - S Mulvihill (Kerry).