Bannow-Ballymitty ladies win derby
Bannow-Ballymitty were crowned ladies' football Junior 'B' champions after they put in a sterling performance to see off their neighbours St. Anne's in Taghmon recently.
Bannow-Ballymitty 2-9 St.Anne's 1-7
After a few seasons of near misses, the girls in black and red were ready to really stand up and be counted with a wonderful team performance to capture the county title they richly deserved, although Fiona Bennett was in awesome scoring form for the losers and almost upset the Bannow-Ballymitty quest for glory.
Bennett, coming back from serious injury, got the scoring under way with a fine point, before Bannow-Ballymitty rattled off four nice points without reply.
Róisín Howlin grabbed two of those points with Rachel Kumar also on target to make it 0-3 to 0-1. The next point came from team captain Tracy Sinnott and she added another later in the half as well.
Fiona Bennett showed her class with a goal of real quality to get her side a foothold again, and she also chipped in with another three points.
However, Bannow-Ballymitty led at the break as they were awarded a penalty when Róisín Howlin was fouled and Sinéad O'Connor stepped up and coolly slotted it away from 12 yards for a 1-5 to 1-4 half-time advantage.
Bannow-Ballymitty struck the first four points of the second-half and pushed themselves five clear and into the winning position. Rachel Kumar added her second point while Róisín Howlin, who was very impressive throughout, got her third.
Mairéad Moran, a member of the Wexford Intermediate team, added a fine point before Tracy Sinnott grabbed her third to establish a 1-9 to 1-5 lead. Three pointed frees from Fiona Bennett kept the Rathangan outfit in touch.
However, the game was sealed with eight minutes left as a super interception by Eilish Cullen in defence set up Bannow-Ballymitty for a goal, and when the chance arose the girl in the right place at the right time was Mairéad Moran and she showed great class in finishing the ball to the net.
That was the final score as Bannow-Ballymitty were rewarded for a fantastic season by collecting the championship, with captain Tracy Sinnott receiving the cup from Co. Chairman Denis Nolan.
Bannow-Ballymitty: Valerie Redmond; Adi Roche-O'Leary, Leanne McGrath, Pam McCormack; Mary Cosgrave, Miriam Howlin, Sinéad O'Connor (1-0 pen.); Sarah Myler, Samantha Kinsella; Tracy Sinnott (capt., 0-3), Róisín Howlin (0-2), Miriam Howlin; Rachel Kumar (0-3), Mairéad Moran (1-1), Eilish Cullen. Subs. - Olivia Scott, Ruth Hannon, Rosie Keary, Christine Casey, Orla Foley, Aine Moran, Ciara Roche, Mary Quirke, Leona Reville.
St. Anne's: Sarah White; Michelle Furlong, Clara Rochford, Louise Walsh; Aisling Leacy, Niamh Bennett, Lorraine Roche; Caroline Kavanagh, Katie Hannigan; Fiona Bennett (1-7, 0-4 frees), Rachel Bennett, Anne Marie Bennett; Emma Scallan, Shirley O'Neill, Grace Heffernan. Subs. - Ciara Redmond, Amanda Doyle, Ruth Rochford, Clodagh Redmond, Eimear Brennan, Carla Kavanagh, Orla Brennan, Alana Finnegan, Trina Kelly.
Referee: Damien Donovan (Volunteers).
Clonee 4-10, St. Anne's 2-7: Clonee were crowned ladies' football Senior shield champions after they had nine points to spare over St. Anne's in the final in Taghmon.
After a tight and low-scoring first-half, Clonee went to the dressing-room leading by 1-2 to 0-3. Their crucial goal came from Liz Evered who also chipped in with a point, as did Anne Byrne, while the three points for St. Anne's came from Fiona Rochford (two) and Niamh Crosbie.
The three goals for the winners after the break came from Róisín Fitzgerald, Marguerite Doyle and Ann Byrne. Fitzgerald and Doyle also hit two points each while Anne Byrne, Liz Evered, Claire O'Rourke, Aine Cosgrave and Teghan Furlong (two) got on the scoresheet too.
A moment of magic from Fiona Rochford saw her find the net for St. Anne's after a sublime solo. Rochford - who spent the summer travelling - also fired over three points with Niamh Crosbie adding three more. The final goal for St. Anne's came from Lorraine Breen.
Clonee: Charlene Hayden; Katie Kehoe, Róisín Fitzgerald (1-2), Marguerite Doyle (1-2); Marie McDonald, Lisa Brady, Helena Murray; Cathy Kavanagh, Mary O'Neill; Ali Evered, Brídín Doyle, Anne Byrne (1-2); Aine Cosgrave (0-1), Claire O'Rourke (0-1), Liz Evered (1-2). Subs. - Rachel Collier, Teghan Furlong, Michelle Morris, Danielle Hayden, Gillian Kavanagh, Sophie Lenehan, Mairéad O'Rourke, Niamh O'Leary.