Galway Claim Minor Honours

Claim Minor Honours


Galway 5-07 Donegal 1-08

Galway claimed their second ever All Ireland Minor title at a rain
soaked Tourlestrane in front of a large crowd. Although the score
line may suggest a one sided affair this was far from easy for the
Westerners as Donegal give them a great battle. Indeed had Donegal
taken their chances in a dominant spell either side of the break
things may have been so much different. That was the difference
on the day as Galway rattled in five goals while at the other end
Donegal missed their chances including a penalty. That penalty save
was just one of the many moments Una Carroll had lit up an otherwise
overcast day. The Corofin star hit 2-03 at the other end as well
as stepping in between the posts while net minder Louise Morris
served her time in the sin bin.

Galway went in at the interval leading by 2-02 to 0-06, with all
their scores coming in side the opening quarter. Both goals were
dispatched by Michelle Delaney (11min) and Carroll (15min). Between
both Galway goals, Donegal were denied two majors of their own by
Morris with great point blank saves from Carol Breslin and McMonagle.
Donegal dominated the second quarter but only added three further
points to their total. Carroll saving a spot kick from Yvonne McMonagle
just before the interval to leave Galway leading 2-02 to 0-06 at
the midway point.

The Tirconaill girls continued their dominance after the resumption
with McMonagle reducing the deficit to the minimum. However gradually
Galway gained the upper hand again with Niamh Fahy and the outstanding
Claire Molloy keeping the defence in order. At the other end 1-05
without reply between the 12th and 29th minute of the half made
sure the title was making the journey to Galway with player of the
match Sarah Cosgrove netting the all-important goal. Three further
majors came in injury time with Sheila Campbell getting one for
Donegal and both Carroll and Cosgrove netting for the winners.

A jubilant Niamh Fahy received the cup from president Geraldine
Giles after a very exciting decider. Both sides showed there is
plenty of talent at their disposal and both will have a major a
say at senior level in the year’s to come. Full coverage in the
next edition of PEIL.

Donegal: Karen Guthrie, Anna Marie McGlynn, Emma Lawn, Sarah
Faulkner, Aisling Corcoran, Mari Herron, Aoife Watters, Bridget
Gallagher (0-02,f), Grainne Houston, Carol Breslin (0-01), Sheila
Campbell (1-01), Ciara Buggy, Lisa Byrne, Yvonne McMonagle (0-01),
Niamh Hegarty (0-03)
Subs: Deirdre Walsh for L Byrne (56min)
Galway: Louise Morris, Niamh Lohan, Meadhbh Maloney, Nichola
Fahy, Claire Molloy, Niamh Fahy, Marian Brannelly, Caitriona Cormican,
Ann Marie McDonagh (0-01), Nora Warde, Sarah Cosgrove (2-01), Cora
Joyce, Rachel King, Michelle Delaney (1-01), Una Carroll (2-03,
Subs: Barbara Hannon for M Maloney (34min), Sinead Egan (0-01)
for M Brannelly (40min), Elaine O’Sullivan for R King (55min), Mary
Hanley for M Delaney (65min)
Referee: Tony Clarke (Dublin)

Alan Gunn (PR Committee)

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