Taghmon on top!
Kilmore girls capture Shield crown
Taghmon-Camross 3-7, St. Martin's 1-5: Taghmon-Camross emerged from a damp, cold, misty April morning in Killurin with a Féile ladies' football title as they were far more economical in front of goal in seeing off St. Martin's in a fast, attacking game.
Their greater strength at finding scores was crucial in deciding this contest as Taghmon-Camross almost converted every chance they had while St. Martin's were guilty of not scoring the majority of opportunities they created.
The opening half was full of great movement by both sides and St. Martin's found the net early when Aisling Alouf goaled. Taghmon-Camross responded in earnest when corner-forward Emma Clarke curled over a point and then a goal came from the boot of midfielder Ciara Banville.
St. Martin's levelled proceedings with a point from Sarah Hobbert, but Taghmon-Camross took the lead again with points from Clarke and Banville before full-forward Shauna Dunne found the net with a fine effort.
St. Martin's finished the half in good spirits however with two nice points from Amy O'Leary and Orlagh Parle as Taghmon-Camross led by 2-3 to 1-3 at half-time.
Katie Sinnott pointed for St. Martin's just after the re-start but it was a telling period of three points without reply that gave Taghmon-Camross some real breathing space thanks to Anna Eustace, Emma Clarke and Michelle Carty. St. Martin's final point came from Sarah Hobbert.
Taghmon-Camross, who play a beautiful brand of football by defending well and breaking at speed, hit another point through Michelle Carty before Emma Clarke completed the scoring with a fine goal for the winners.
With Féile Peil in Wexford this year, both of these sides will hope to compete strongly in the competition when it comes to the Model county in the summer, but for this year's county Féile, Taghmon-Camross are the queens.
Taghmon-Camross: Anna Piero Doyle; Bróna Curran, Mairéad Nolan, Niamh Lacey; Molly Redican, Caitlin Nash, Emma Kelly; Ciara Banville (1-1), Michelle Carty (0-2); Annabelle Dunlop-Doyle, Nicola Roche, Anna Eustace (0-1); Emma Clarke (1-3), Shauna Dunne (1-0), Allanah Lacey. Subs. - Anna Kelly, Katie Flynn, Hannah Roche-Kelly, Claire Doran, Shania Quigley, Laura Banville, Megan O'Sullivan, Katie Murphy, Chloe Monaghan.
St. Martin's: Aoife Dempsey; Fiona Esmonde, Chloe Doyle, Aisling Kelly; Niamh Cullen, Clodagh Walsh, Aoife Bridges; Ciara O'Connor, Amy O'Leary (0-1); Abby Mulligan, Aisling Alouf (1-0), Orlagh Parle (0-1); Camille McGrath, Sarah Hobbert (0-2), Claire Barrett. Subs. - Emer O'Rourke, Ellen Ormonde, Róisín Doyle, Eileen Rowe, Ellen Coggins, Becky Breen, Eleana Sinnott, Niamh Donnelly, Beth Miller, Katie Sinnott (0-1).
Referee: Aisling Kavanagh (St. Anne's).
Kilmore 5-5, Baile Dubh Tíre 3-2: Last year's Féile Cup champions, Kilmore, claimed the 2015 Shield title with a polished first-half performance backed by the strong breeze in Killurin as newly-formed Baile Dubh Tíre (Duffry Rovers and Marshalstown) were unable to halt the coastal club.
Kilmore put in a flawless first-half performance and hit 4-5 without reply with the wind at their backs. Amy Cousins had her radar well and truly focused on the goal in the opening half and hit an impressive 2-1.
Her midfield partner, Mollie Bates, was another player who had the scoring touch as she bagged 1-1. Megan Doyle also raised a green flag and points followed from Abbie Wall, Jolie Doyle and Sophie Boxwell.
Baile Dubh Tíre deserve great credit for their fantastic second-half showing.
Although up against a much more experienced side, they put in a sterling display. Shauna Nolan got their opening point, and that was soon followed by two goals as Ciara Roban and Niamh McHugh closed the gap.
Mollie Bates grabbed a crucial goal for Kilmore midway through the half and this fine solo effort was the game-clincher.
Aoife D'Arcy grabbed a third goal for Baile Dubh Tíre, and a point from Aoife Dunne who had been moved from the goal out the field rounded off the scoring as Kilmore held on for a fine victory in a very good, open game.
Kilmore: Grace Lambert; Sophie Keating, Olivia McDonnell, Lorraine Power; Ellie Roche, Grace Barry, Kate O'Reilly; Amy Cousins (2-1), Mollie Bates (2-1); Ellen Berry, Abbie Wall (0-1), Jolie Doyle (0-1); Megan Doyle (1-0), Sophie Boxwell (0-1), Anna Furlong, Subs. - Aimee McDonnell, Hannah White, Nel Bates, Regina Rochford, Anna Bates, Grace Cousins.
Baile Dubh Tíre: Aoife Dunne (0-1); Lisa Kavanagh, Aine Redmond, Emily Redmond; Leah Fitzhenry, Róisín Murphy-Kavanagh, Nicola Dobbs; Geri-Rose O'Connor, Ciara Roban (1-0); Orlaigh Keogh, Shauna Nolan (0-1), Katie Breen-Sherlock; Kerri Doyle, Aoife D'Arcy (1-0), Katie Bates. Subs. - Amy Smith, Ciara Walsh, Aoife O'Leary, Anna Roban, Gráinne Lee, Niamh McHugh (1-0), Rebekah Savidge, Breda Cushen, Lauren Roban, Niamh Dobbs.