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Mourneabbey come out on top in intense encounter

By Fr Liam Kelleher

Mourneabbey 3-7 St Vals 2-5.

The high standard of under 14 football l was vividly captured at Donoughmore on Saturday last when Mourneabbey had to pull out all the stops to defeat a gallant St Vals in a thrilling final. Mourneabbey powered by 4 of the Cork under 14 starting 15, were hot favorites to take the title to add to the blitz one won earlier in the year but were made fight every inch of the way. In the end the main difference between between the sides was the scoring ability of Mourneabbey, particularly through the excellence of Cork captain Doireann O’Sullivan who ended up with a tally of 2-5 While St Vals were a more even and balanced side they just could not put the shackles on the 4 Cork players. Roberta Harrington at Full back was a tower of strentgh, Marie O’Callaghan in the pivotal role in defense plugged a lot of gaps, but it was the midfield pairing of Doireann and Miriam O, Callaghan who sealed the deal. Val’s elected to play Co keeper Jean O’Sullivan at full forward, but she could never get the better of Robert, while Cork full back Sinead Cotter deployed at Midfield with her inter-co colleague Angela Crowley, were always playing 2nd fiddle. Orlaith O’Driscoll did play well for them in goals Yvonne Burgoyne and Grainne Twomey did a lot of good defensive work, Rebecca Hennigan Katie O’Connell and Claire Byrne showed nice touches up front but were never really left to settle on the ball, with a teak tough uncompromising Mourneabbey defense, ruling the roost. The tricky cross-field wind made it very difficult for playing and it favoured St Vals more in the first half, but they really failed to take advantage of it while having a lot of the attacking play they were caught by 2 breakaway goals form Doireann, leaving them trailing 2-3 to 1-3 at the interval. Their cause was not helped when Doireann scored another goal soon after the break, but to their credit they did not throw in the towel and they gave as good as they got for the remainder of the game they spurned a few gilt edged chances to stay even closer, but in the end Mourneabbey held out. The game was played in a terrific sporting spirit and the fact that it was refereed by Michael John O’Keefe helped immensely as well. He applied the rules with common sense and both teams sensed this. A delighted Doireann O’Sullivan received the cup from Co Chairman Brian Enright and hopefully, she can collect another on Sunday at Bruff Co Limerick when cork take on Galway at 3.30pm in the All-Ireland final.

Mourneabbey Maebh O’Sullivan, Ciara Doherty, Roberta Harrington, Niamh O’Sullivan, Niamh O’Connell, Maire O’Callaghan, Eimear Meaney, Miriam O’Callaghan. 0-1 Doireann O’Sullivan capt 2-5. Rachel Buckley, Emma Madigan 0-1. Christine Mullane. Alice Lane, Laura Fitzgerald 0-1 Kayeligh Roche Rachel kelly, Marie Carey, Sarah Fitzpatrick. Eileen Cronin, Megan O’Callaghan, Aisling O’Sullivan, Aoife Walsh.

St Vals: Orlaith O’Driscoll, Yvonne Burgoyne, Ciara O’Callaghan, Marie Ambrose, Jennifer O’Mahony, Roisin McCarthy, Alice Dunne, Sinead Cotter Angela Crowley, Emma a Lyons, Rebecca Hannigan, Jessica Mullane, Grainne Twomey Jean O’Sullivan, Claire Byrne, Katie O’Connell Ciara O’Leary, Niamh Walsh. Aisling Buckley Elaine O’Brien, Elmarie O’Sullivan, Aisling Donovan, Martina Collins, Aileen Corkery Claire Murphy, Orna Hinchion, Lisa Horgan, Derabhla Aherne, Mairead Corkery Niamh Plunkett.

Other finals

In the Co B Final Clonakilty defeated Inch Rovers on a scoreline of 3-7 to 0-4. The C title went ot St Vals B who got the better of Coursey Rovers 5-8 to 4-5. Douglas B had a comprehensive 4-15 to 2-4 victory over Naomh Fionbarra in the D decider.

Senior B team overcome Kildare in Aisling McGing Memorial Championship.


Cork 2 – 11 Kildare 0 – 12

Cork had a good win over Kildare at Fermoy on Last Sunday evening Score at Half Time: Kildare 0 – 6 Cork 1 – 5


Katie Sheenan 1 – 7 (0-5Frs),
Eimear Harrrington 1 – 1 (1-0 pen),
Grace Kearney 0 – 1,
Eleanor Aherne 0 – 1,
Kathyrn Coakley 0 – 1.


Martina O’Brien,
Muireann Stack,
Kathy Ann Stack,
Veronica Ni Drisceoill (Cpt),
Patrice Murphy,
Kathryn Coakley (0-1),
Vera Foley,
Clare O’Leary,
Aoife Coughlan,
Eleanor Aherne (0-1),
Ella Ryan,
Grainne Ni Luasa,
Grace Kearney (0-1),
Katie Sheenan (1-7),
Eimear Harrington (1-1).


Siobhan O’Leary for G Ni Luasa (28 min)
Jenny Luddy for E Aherne (39 min),
Katherine Cook for E Ryan (62 min),
Orla Seagrave for A Hyland (45 min),
Melissa Casserly for N Ryan (53 min)


Referee: Richard O’Connor


Cork aim to get under 14 title back.

Cork the dominant under 14 team since the new millennium with 5 All-Ireland titles, aim to recapture the crown again after a lapse of 3 years. Forcred to play 2nd fiddle to Kerry in Munster for the past 2 years after winning 7 titles on the trot, Cork are back on track again this year and hungry for ultimate honours. On Sunday at Bruff at 3.30pm Cork take on Galway in the All-Ireland decider, they have had a very impressive run to the final and while at times they struggled against Kerry in the Munster final and against Dublin in the semifinal, they showed character and fighting spirit and this is the mark of a winning team. After a lot of chopping and changing, Cork go into this final with a pretty settled team with a few injuries casting a doubt about the final staring 15. Jean O’Sullivan has been solid as keeper all through, fronted by her St Vals clubmate Sinead Cotter who has been very dependable. The 2 corner spots have been tied down by Siobhan Huthinson and Elaine Crowley excellent in their last 2 games. The pivotal position in defense is in the capable hands of Rachel O’Shea with Miriam O’Callaghan outside her, rachel Sheehan is recovering from injury and is a major cause of concern, but there is a ready made cover in the person of Orla Healy who impressed against the Dubs when she came back from injury. Midfield has been manned by Mourneabbey pair Maire O’Callaghan and Roberta Harrington strong and energetic they should give Cork the edge in this department. Multitalented Claire Shine leads the attack an Irish soccer player and fresh from her Feile camogie blitz success, she was buzzing against Dublin and is a joy to watch in full flight. The wing berths should go to Laura Crowley who scored 5 fine points in the first half against Dublin, Kate Fitzpatrick is very dependable. The full line includes capt Doireann O’Sullivan and Jennifer Cahill with the 3rd place very much open between Heather O’Sullivan, Claire Keating and Aileen Buckely with other good players ready to answer the call. Form can be notoriously fickle and a lot will depend on how players cope with the excitement of an All-Ireland final. Cork have the experience of the All-Ireland blitz win over Galway gave them a good run. There must be no danger of complacency, but on all known form Cork will be very hard to defeat, but it will take a mighty effort form the entire squad to triumph. For once Cork Followers have a relatively short journey to travel to support this outstanding team and hopefully every club will make an effort to support on Sunday.

Cork panel

Cork Jean O’Sullivan (St Vals), Sinead Cotter (St Vals), Siobhan Hutchinson (Eire Og),Elaine Crowley (Liscarroll), Rachel O Shea (Beara), Rachel Sheehan (Carrigtwohill), Orla Healy (Donoughmore), Roberta Harrington (Mourneabbey), Maura O Callaghan (Mourneabbey),0-01 Miriam O Callaghan (Mourneabbey), Claire Shine (Douglas), 3-01 Kate Fitzpatrick (Nemo Rangers), Doireann O Sullivan (Mourneabbey),2-01 Jennifer Cahill (Bride Rovers), Laura Crowley (Rockban), 0-05 Heather O Sullivan (Keelnameela), 0-01 Aoife Keating (Courcey Rovers), Aileen Buckley (Donoughmore), Angela Crowley (St Vals), Cliodhna Connolly (Ilen Rovers), Aobha Hickey (Ballincollig), Joan Tyner (Kinsale), Maebh Cahalane ( Eire Og), Catriona Murphy (Naomh Aban), Irene Herlihy (Mallow), Elaine Carey (Watergrasshill), Julie Dennehy (Boherbue), Hannah Looney (Aghada), Ailbhe Dowling (Clonakilty)


Cork have a very experienced managment team on the line with Charlie McLaughlin, Jerry O’Sullivan and Fr Liam Kelleher old hands and are joined by lst timers Betty Cahill and John Fitzgerald.

Management Profiles.


Betty Cahill: Bride Rovers Club in East Cork First year on under 14 management team after being involved with last years under 13 development squad. Played football with Watergrasshill. Won an All-Ireland under 16 medal with Cork. Her daughter Jennifer plays at Full forward on the Cork under 14 team.


Charlie McLaughlin Nemo Rangers. Involved with Cork teams Senior, Minor, Under 16 and under 14 since 1996. Mainly responsible for starting Cork school of excellence in 1997 and Summer camps. This will be his 15th underage All-Ireland final being involved in since 2000 with 14 successes.


Jerry O’Sullivan. Mourneabbey

Has vast experience with Club down through the years with brother Con guided Mourneabbey to All-Ireland Junior and Intermediate successes well as numerous Co wins. Has 2 daughters on Senior Panel, Ciara and Roisin while daughter Doireann captains the under 14 team and Maebh is on the under 13 development squad.

Involved with St Mary’s Mallow Junior team who won the Munster final and who lost he All-Ireland in extra time.


John Fitzgerald. Ballincollig Club. Does a huge amount of work with the club at all levels. First year on under 14 management after spending last year with under the 13 development squad. Played professional soccer as a keeper with Maccelsfield town in England.


Fr Liam Kelleher Grenagh Club. Founding Chairperson of Rockbán former All-Ireland Junior and Intermediate champions. This will be his 14th All-Ireland final involved in with Cork winning 13. Involved with Charlie in the first school of excellence. Involved with Jerry this year with St Mary’s Mallow. Helped St Mary’s Charleville to a number of All-Ireland camogie titles.

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