Purples patches earn Glenamaddy Lidl All-Ireland PPS Senior B title

All-Ireland PPS Senior B Ladies Football Final – Sunday, 15th April 

Glenamaddy Community School 5-13 Presentation, Thurles 2-7 

Darren Kelly in Duggan Park


Purple patches either side of half-time secured Glenamaddy Community School the Lidl All-Ireland Senior B Post Primary Schools title in Ballinasloe today.


Ailish Morrissey struck two majors in a five-minute spell that saw the Galway side overturn a four-point deficit before Lynsey Noone’s first strike after the restart put distance between the teams.


The teams shared the first four scores before Aoife Smyth kicked a Glenamaddy free to make it 0-3 to 0-2 on the quarter hour but Presentation’s attack had look threatening and were eventually rewarded within 60 seconds.


Casey Hennessy lined out for the Tipperary minor camogie team on Saturday but showed no ill effects as her darting run on 16 minutes saw space open up before beating Amy Ward for the first goal.


With Muireann O’Connell and Roisin Daly also testing the Glenamaddy defence, Barry Ryan’s team looked in control against the wind and O’Connell set up Hennessy four minutes later for a second green flag and Presentation led 2-2 to 0-4.

Ailish Morrissey of Glenamaddy, Galway celebrates after scoring her side’s first goal during the Lidl All Ireland Post Primary School Senior B Final match between Glenamaddy, Galway and Presentation, Thurles, Tipperary at Duggan Park in Ballinasloe, Co Galway. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile


However, unforced errors in defence eventually came back to haunt the Thurles school as Glenamaddy overturned the initiative in a five-minute spell.


Niamh Collins did the work that led to Morrissey’s first goal on 16 minutes before Eva Noone pointed following two kick out malfunctions for Presentation.


Morrissey added a free but when captain Maeve Flanagan overturned possession again, she picked out the Kilkerrin/Clonberne attacker who went for the lob and successfully sent the ball over Muireann Lloyd for a second goal.


Collins and Hennessey traded before half-time leaving it 2-7 to 2-3 but the expected Tipperary surge didn’t materialise in the second half.  Morrissey and Hannah Noone put six between them before Lynsey Noone was rewarded for her hard work with the third goal.  Morrissey and Hannah Noone again made it 3-11 to 2-3 on 34 minutes.


Lauren McCormack converted a free and Daly rattled the crossbar before Hennessy finished Ellen Moore’s move to leave it 3-11 to 2-5.  But that was as close as Presentation got.


Morrissey and Collins tallied either side of a McCormack free but two goals in two minutes finished the contest as Lynsey Noone and Aisling Ward got the fourth and fifth majors before Presentation’s Ciara Dwan concluded the scoring.  But this was Glenamaddy’s day!


Glenamaddy: Amy Ward; Aisling Ward (1-0), Katelyn Mee, Leah Pettit; Maria Lyons, Cailiosa Keaveney, Lauren Griffin; Evelyn Flanagan, Maeve Flanagan; Eva Noone (0-2), Ailish Morrissey (2-4, two frees), Hannah Noone (0-2); Aoife Smyth (0-1, free), Lynsey Noone (2-0), Niamh Collins (0-4, three frees).  Subs used: Sinead Comer for Smyth (58 mins), Kate McGann for Collins (60 mins), Emma Moran for E. Noone (60 mins), Eimear Collins for Aisling Ward (60 mins), Cailin Keaveney for Cailiosa Keaveney (60 mins).


Presentation: Muireann Lloyd; Aoife Maher, Aoife Finlay, Ellen Moore; Niamh Ryan, Muireann O’Connell, Roisin Daly; Katie Ryan, Marie Creedon; Dervla Heffernan, Saoirse O’Meara, Lauren McCormack (0-3, all frees); Jenny Irwin, Casey Hennessy (2-3), Ciara Dwan (0-1).  Subs used: Grainne Phelan for O’Connell (44 mins), Queva O’Meara for Irwin (44 mins), Jessica Hayes for McCormack (51 mins), Joan Harty for Creedon (51 mins), Rachel Moore for O’Meara (60 mins).


Referee: Eamonn Moran (Kerry)


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