Farmer leads from front as Aghada claim junior crown
Aghada 2-6 Corduff 0-3
Captain Emma Farmer scored five points and fellow county star Róisín Phelan was Player of the Match as Cork outfit Aghada claimed a historic victory in Crettyard on Saturday.
Scoring 2-3 without reply in the last quarter sealed a first All-Ireland crown for Aghada against fellow first-time finalists Corduff, from Monaghan.
Aghada closed the game out wonderfully against a Corduff side reduced to 14 players when Naomi Cogan was sin-binned with nine minutes left.
Corduff were just a point down, 0-3 to 0-4, when Cogan was dismissed, but the floodgates opened down the home straight as Aghada came on strong.
Aghada finished a player light themselves when sub Karen O'Connell was yellow-carded late on, but the end result was beyond doubt by then.
Aghada, in cold and greasy conditions, struck two late goals to ensure victory.
Christine Moran found the net with five minutes left before Clare Walsh capped a bout of keep-ball to finish a fine team move with just six seconds left on the clock.
The nine-point winning margin was slightly harsh on Corduff, who opened well and were 0-2 to 0-1 ahead at half-time, despite losing Elena McEnaney to the sin-bin in the 17th minute.
Hannah Looney, hugely impressive for Aghada, opened the scoring in the eighth minute, but Monaghan star Laura McEnaney had the sides level with an inspirational 22nd-minute score.
It appeared that the sides would go in level at the break but, after Katie O'Farrell was penalised for charging, Eva Woods tapped over the free.
Corduff had the advantage, but it could have been more as they registered six first-half wides.
The second-half was tight and tense during the opening exchanges, as two points from skipper Farmer pushed Aghada 0-3 to 0-2 clear.
After Woods missed a couple of scoreable frees, Elena McEnaney took charge of Corduff's next effort and she levelled matters at 0-3 each in the 46th minute.
However, that was the last time that Corduff would score as Cogan was sin-binned and Aghada finished with a flourish to claim glory.
Scorers - Aghada: E Farmer 0-5 (3f), C Walsh & C Moran 1-0 each, H Looney 0-1. Corduff: E Woods (f), E McEnaney (f) & L McEnaney 0-1 each.
Aghada: S Walsh; C Tynan, S Phelan, B Wall; C Walsh, R Phelan, K O'Farrell; S O'Driscoll, S Leahy; L McAllister, E Farmer, H Looney; A Bennett, A McGrath, C Moran. Subs: Á McGrath for Bennett (45), K O'Connell for McGrath (53), L Burchill for McAllister (57).
Corduff: S Loughlin; N Cogan, C McEnaney, S McEnaney; H Finnegan, K Brennan, C Callan; B Ward, E Woods; L Byrne, C Conlon, E Byrne; E McEnaney, L McEnaney, S Clarke-McEnaney. Subs: S Barry for Clarke-McEnaney (43), F Patton for E McEnaney (59), D Callan for S McEnaney (59).
Ref - J Murphy (Carlow)