Heartbreak last night for our junior ladies in the Co. Novice Final in Cloneen when we were defeated 2.01 to 2.05 after a bruising encounter with Thurles Gaels. We went into the game without a no. of regular starters, and with quite a few of the available players carrying knocks, but the girls were determined to give it their all and finish what has been a difficult year on a high.
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inst a strong wind in the opening period but after a terrific defensive display, and scores from Danah Walsh and Laura Barrett, we went in level at half time. Early in the second half Danah Walsh scored a brilliant goal to finish off a move that started in our full back line. We were quite comfortable at this stage but the game was turned on it's head in a five minute period when Thurles scored two controversial goals. The girls rallied but we couldn't get the equalising goal, and Thurles scored the insurance point in injury time.
In the circumstances, this was a brilliant performance with every girl playing to her full potential. They stuck to the game plan and but for some very poor refereeing decisions, would be celebrating a long overdue title. It's unfair to single out anybody after a great team performance, but special mention to Niamh McNally, Shannon Ffrench, and Kellie Hogan who were playing their first year at junior and dominated their respective positions despite facing older and physically stronger opponents. Big thank you also to Carmel O' Connell who returned from Cork for the game and to Chrys Quirke for making herself available for the match.
Seven of the starting team are still minor this year and they have a bright future in front of them. We wish them well in the forthcoming minor campaign. Well done all, you did yourselves and your club proud!
Team: Carmel O' Connell, Niamh Hogan, Siobhan Phelan, Niamh McNally, Ann Quirke, Kellie Hogan, Valerie Mc Carthy, Mary Rose Quirke, Helen Quirke, Amy Slattery, Laura Barrett (c), Shauna Burke, Chrys Quirke, Danah Walsh, Shannon French