Fourth quarter goals from Caitlin Cronin and Aine O’Sullivan help Glenflesk win dramatic derby and spark wild celebrations in Currow
RANDLES BROTHERS COUNTY JUNIOR ‘C’ FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
Rathmore B 1-12
Glenflesk put in a remarkable fourth quarter push to overturn an eight-point deficit against Rathmore’s B team in this gripping County Junior ‘C’ football final in Currow on Sunday and claim the county title honours with a one-point win that was as devastating for the losers as it was the spark for huge celebrations from the winning players and their supporters.
This East Kerry derby, played in perfect conditions in Currow, was always going to bring the best out of each side, with some excellent football played by two committed team who left everything out on the field after a magnificent hour of football.
Rathmore looked the better side early on and raced 0-4 to 0-0 clear inside the opening eight minutes with scores from Eileen Murphy, Aine Carlon (a free and from play) and Maria O’Callaghan, who raced through from her centre back position to kick a fine point.
Glenflesk, thanks to midfielder Keelie O’Connor who was in dominant form, worked their way into the game and got off the mark in the ninth with a superb goal from Emma Dineen after she collected a long ball and coolly slotted the ball past Rathmore goalkeeper Nora Kelliher.
Aine Carlon had her third point in the 10th minute, and then Amy Murphy point to make it 0-6 to 1-0.
Glenflesk were still working hard to create chances, with Keelie O’Connor running through from midfield and finding Emma Dineen who the Rathmore defence found really hard to contain, but she hit the post three times from shots before scoring her team’s first point in the 15th minute.
In the 23rd minute Eileen Murphy a point from play for Rathmore, and Emma Dineen replied with a converted free for Glenflesk. There was another exchange of scores last in the half when Amy Murphy pointed for Rathmore and Dineen converted a Glenflesk free to leave the half time score 0-9 to 1-3 in Glenflesk’s favour.
Both sides had missed some good chances, especially Rathmore who registered too many wides for their liking, but they would dominant the third quarter and looked champions-elect by the 45th minute.
Two points were from Aine Carlon, one from Eimear Cahill and a 41st minute goal from midfielder Emily O’Riordan, who raced through from midfield to bury the ball in the net, put Rathmore 1-11 to 1-4 ahead, and when Carlon’s point made it 1-12 to 1-4 at the three-quarter mark it seemed the cup was heading for Rathmore.
Glenflesk weren’t done yet though. Driven on by Keelie O’Connor from midfield and substitute Caitlin Cronin, they rallied heroically. Aine O’Sullivan kicked a free and then Emma Dineen was fouled and converted her own free to make it 1-12 to 1-6.
Then in the 50th minute Dineen saw her goal-bound shot hit the post but Caitlin Cronin reacted fastest to slip the ball to the net and make it just a three-point game.
Rathmore struggling to contain Dineen and Glenflesk were in seventh heaven in the 58th minute when an effort for a point by Aine O’Sullivan appeared to be drifting wide but dropped short, before hitting the butt of the post and ending up in the net to make it a tied game at 1-12 to 3-6.
Rathmore failed to score in the final quarter and in 61st minute Dineen kicked the winning point from a free. There was more drama when Eileen Murphy was fouled in the 65th minute but from a difficult angle Aine Carlon missed the free kick and the Glenflesk players and supporters went wild.
GLENFLESK: Gleidiane Temóteo, Joanne Spillane, Donna O’Donovan, Orlaith Murphy, Aoife Kelliher, Kate Lynch, Molly O’Donoghue, Jillian Courtney, Keelie O’Connor, Emma O’Sullivan, Emma Dineen 1-5 (0-2f), Katie O’Connor, Aoife Fleming, Aine O’Sullivan 1-2 (0-1f), Alanna O’Sullivan. Subs: Fiona McSwiney for Molly O’Donoghue, Caitlin Cronin (1-0) for Katie O’Connor.
RATHMORE: Nora Kelliher, Aine O’Sullivan, Ann Marie O’Connell, Catherine Murphy, Mairead O’Sullivan, Maria O’Callaghan (0-1), Catriona Walsh; Emily O’Riordan (1-0), Lily O’Brien, Katie Cremin, Sharon O’Leary, Eimear Cahill (0-1), Eileen Murphy (0-3), Aine Carlon 0-4 (2f), Amy Murphy (0-3). Subs: Edel Reen for Sharon O’Leary, Lorna O’Sullivan for Mairead O’Sullivan, Elaine Friel for Lily O’Brien.
Referee: John Purcell (Kilcummin)