Friday 15 December 2017

Leonard stars for St Maurs

St Maurs (Dublin) 2-13 Kinsale (Cork) 3-8

The St. Maurs team celebrate after the All Ireland Junior Club Championship Final 2016 match between Kinsale and St. Maurs. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
The St. Maurs team celebrate after the All Ireland Junior Club Championship Final 2016 match between Kinsale and St. Maurs. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Jackie Cahill

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.

St. Maurs players celebrate after the final whistle at the All Ireland Junior Club Championship Final 2016 match between Kinsale and St. Maurs. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
St. Maurs players celebrate after the final whistle at the All Ireland Junior Club Championship Final 2016 match between Kinsale and St. Maurs. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

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).

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