Tipperary Ladies Football Notes

Intercounty Scene

Tipp U16 Ladies Seek All Ireland Glory

The Tipp U16’s are going in search of their 2nd All Ireland title in 3 years when they cross swords with Longford in Banagher, Co Offaly, next Saturday at 2pm. Despite being able to call on six of the squad who were defeated by Mayo in last years semi final, this is a very young Tipperary team who have surprised many on their road to the final. Jackie O Gorman, Emma Corcoran, Aoife Meaney, Brid Condon, Kirsty Downey and Aisling McCarthy supported by the U14 squad who reached the All Ireland Final last year have worked hard to make up for the disappointments of 2010. Victories over Limerick and Waterford in the round robin in Munster followed by a Munster Final victory over Limerick saw them face Cavan in the All Ireland. A comprehensive victory in Templetuohy leaves them only one hour away from the Holy Grail of a second All Ireland title this year. On behalf of the county board we would like to wish Tipp captain Kirsty Downey her team mates and the management team the very best of luck on Saturday. Of note because of a clash of colours both teams will play in their provincial colours. The county board would like to acknowledge the sponsorship of this team by Phelans Shoes.

Club Scene

County Intermediate Ladies Football Final

Moyle Rovers 2-13 Cahir 1-12

Last weekend in New Inn saw Moyle Rovers take on Cahir in the County Intermediate Ladies football final. Played in ideal conditions Moyle Rovers started brightly with a point from Gillian O Brien and further points from O Brien,Niamh Lonergan and Niamh Foley saw the rovers girls race into a 4pts to 1pt lead. Cahir hit back and a goal from Orla McEniry saw the sides level midway through the first half. Cahir then suffered a blow when left half back Geraldine O Donnel suffered a serious knee injury and Moyle Rovers dominated the remainder of the half scoring 1-04 without reply saw them go in at half time leading 1-08 to 1-02.

The second half started with Moyle Rovers continuing where left off before half time with a point from Gillian O Brien to extend their lead to 7pts. However Cahir began to grow in confidence and hit 4 points in a row to narrow the gap to to 3 pts. Moyle responded again and points from Nancy Ferris and Barbra Ryan saw their lead out to 5pts. The game now began to open up with some great football being played and Cahir started to play with belief and points from Leanne Barrett(3) and Kirsty Downey saw Moyle’s lead down to a single point. As the game entered the final 10 minutes it was anybodys for the taking but a goal from intercounty star Gillian O Brien followed by a point from Yvonne Maher saw Moyle Rovers push towards the winning line and despite 2 more points from Cahirs Leanne Barrett, Moyle rovers held out to win on the final scoreline of Moyle Rovers 2-13 Cahir 1-12. This was a great result for the Moyle girls as they have now won back to back county titles having won the junior A in 2010,they will now play at senior level in 2012. For Cahir this was a great performance by a very young team and with a bit more experience they will be a force to be reckoned with in the coming years. Their was some consolation for the Cahir girls with Leanne Barrett receiving the player of the match award following a fine performance.

County board secretary Andrew Meaney presented the winning captain Ciara O Donoghue with the cup amid jubilant scenes and on behalf of Tipp ladies football we wish Moyle Rovers the very best of luck in the Munster Intermediate Club championship.

Finally a word of thanks to referee Richie O Connor and his officials and thanks also to Rockwell Rovers for the use of their pitch.

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