Sport Gaelic Football

Monday 19 March 2018

O'Connor stars as Inch land title

Inch Rovers 0-9
Carnacon 0-7

CORK dual star Mary O'Connor kicked five points as Inch Rovers were crowned All-Ireland ladies senior club football champions for the first time yesterday.

O'Connor led the scoring charge at Cashel's Leahy Park as Rovers finally got one over on Mayo champions Carnacon in the third All-Ireland final meeting between the two teams in just four seasons.

Rovers had suffered big-day heartbreak against Carnacon in 2007 and 2008, but despite registering a massive tally of 14 wides, the team operating out of Killeagh GAA club would not be denied on this occasion.

With the breeze at their backs in the opening half, Rovers established a 0-6 to 0-3 half-time lead and they more than matched Carnacon in the second half to secure the Dolores Tyrrell Memorial Cup.

Cork defender Angela Walsh enjoyed a ding-dong battle with Carnacon's Cora Staunton, and this duel would go a long way towards deciding the outcome.

Staunton hit 0-5, including three frees, but Walsh's fine performance meant Staunton did not do major damage.

With just seconds left, Carnacon were reduced to 14 players when another one of their county stars Martha Carter was sent off.

The final whistle sparked jubilant scenes from Inch Rovers, who follow in the footsteps of previous Cork winners Newtownshandrum, Watergrasshill, St Enda's and Donoughmore.

Scorers -- Inch Rovers: M O'Connor 0-5 (0-3f), J O'Shea, A Walsh, J Horan, A O'Shea 0-1 each. Carnacon: C Staunton 0-5 (0-3f), M McGing, A Brennan 0-1 each.

INCH ROVERS -- G Kearney; M Kennedy, Angela Walsh, J Duffy; D O'Shea, S Smiddy, A M Walsh; O Cotter, Annie Walsh; J O'Shea, C Keohane, S Harrington; A O'Shea, M O'Connor, J Horan.

Subs: C Walsh for Kennedy (56), F Neville for Harrington (60+3).

CARNACON -- M Higgins; N Hurst, C McGing, S McGing; M Corbett, A Loftus, N Tierney; C Egan, M McGing; N Beegan, C Staunton, M Carter; A Brennan, F McHale, D Hughes. Sub: E Flannery for Beegan (47).

Ref -- J Murray (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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