A DRIVING desire to win proved key for Millstreet to collect the County U-16B Camogie Championship title following a 2-4 to 0-6 triumph over Cloughduv at Castle Road, Cork last Sunday.
On doing so, Millstreet closed the door on 2013 in an appropriate note with a fully deserved accolade and duly put to bed the painful memory of a single point defeat to Brian Dillons in the previous season's decider.
Adapting much better to the conditions, Millstreet took the chill out of a bitterly cold day.
All through, Millstreet's sharper stickwork surfaced. But the most pleasing aspect, apart from their general play, was Millstreet's first touch and consistency shown by the team as an unit.
Trailing by two points at half time after playing against a strong breeze, Millstreet battled hard in the second half to win by four points for team captain Leanne Kelleher collect the silverware.
Lydia O'Reilly got player of the match and it was well deserved. Indeed, the general consensus was that any of the girls could have got the decision, given the consistent performance.
A dedicated Millstreet team began their championship campaign last March. In terms of preparation, commitment and meticulous planning, Millstreet's desire and motivation to better runner up place from 2012 bore rich fruitition.
Congratulations to all involved on the field of play in addition to a team management of Anthony Barry, Lilly Murphy and Tony McCaul.
Scorers for Millstreet: Leanne Kelleher 1-0, Una Buckley 1-0, Kate O'Keeffe 0-2, Maire Ellen O'Connor 0-1, Chloe Collins 0-1.
The triumphant Millstreet panel comprised Megan Ring, Joni Tarrant, Claire O'Keeffe, Leanne Kelleher (Captain), Nadine Scott, Caroline Murphy, Sarah Dennehy, Chloe Collins, Kate O'Keeffe, Una Buckley, Elmarie Kelleher, Emily Ring, Lauren Kiely, Marie Ellen O'Connor, Donna O'Reilly, Maria Lane, Ava Barry, Rachel O'Brien, Dervla Murphy, Lydia O'Reilly.