Monday 20 August 2018

Lethal Cusack leads revival as Loreto Cavan seal All-Ireland

 

Loreto of Cavan team captains Muireann Cusack, left, and Niamh Keenaghan lift the cup as they celebrate after the Lidl All Ireland P-Primary School Senior. Photo: Sportsfile
Loreto of Cavan team captains Muireann Cusack, left, and Niamh Keenaghan lift the cup as they celebrate after the Lidl All Ireland P-Primary School Senior. Photo: Sportsfile

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Loreto Cavan claimed an historic Lidl All-Ireland Post Primary Schools senior A title on Saturday - as Galway schools landed a senior double over the weekend.

On Saturday, meanwhile, Coláiste Bhaile Chláir (Claregalway) put seven goals past Scoil Mhuire Trim (Meath) in a 7-9 to 2-7 victory in Kinnegad, to clinch the senior C title.

And on Sunday, Glenamaddy added another title for Galway when they defeated Presentation, Thurles, (Tipperary) by 5-13 to 2-7 in the senior B decider.

Two second-half goals from Muireann Cusack proved key as Loreto Cavan claimed their first All-Ireland PPS Senior A Ladies football title at Coralstown-Kinnegad on Saturday.

Cora Maher's early goal helped Loreto Clonmel (Tipperary) into an early 1-1 to 0-0 lead but their Cavan namesakes came roaring back.

A goal from player of the match Lauren McVeety five minutes before half-time had Loreto Cavan on terms before Clonmel edged 1-3 to 1-2 clear by half-time.

But Cusack took the game by the scruff of the neck after the break and with Loreto also in action against Intermediate School Killorglin (Kerry) in next Friday's Junior A decider, a glorious double could be on the cards. There's also a double dream in the offing for Coláiste Bhaile Chláir, who have a junior B final against St Brigid's, Killarney, next Saturday.

Floodgates

En route to senior C glory against Scoil Mhuire, Coláiste Bhaile Chláir held their opponents scoreless in the second half, and scored 6-8 to come from behind and claim the win. Trim were 2-7 to 1-2 clear at half-time before the floodgates opened.

When the dust settled, Shauna Brennan and Niamh Moran had scored braces of goals each for Coláiste Bhaile Chláir, there was a 1-3 haul for Eimear Mitchell while Sinead Donovan and Kate Slevin also raised green flags.

Leah Dennehy netted twice for Scoil Mhuire but Colaiste Bhaile Chláir, with Slevin producing a player-of-the-match display, completed the first half of a potential double.

On Sunday, purple patches either side of half-time sealed the senior B silverware for Glenamaddy. Ailish Morrissey struck two majors in a five-minutes spell that saw the Galway side overturn a four-point deficit, before Lynsey Noone's first strike after the restart put distance between the teams.

Casey Hennessy netted twice for Presentation Thurles and those goals helped establish an early 2-2 to 0-4 lead for the Tipperary side. But Morrissey hauled her team back into it and at the break, Glenamaddy were 2-7 to 2-3 clear.

Noone found the net for Glenamaddy after the break and further goals followed from Noone and Aisling Ward.

Irish Independent

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