Munster Junior A Football Final05 Mar 2019
Munster Junior A Final:
Loreto Clonmel V St. Augustine’s College, Waterford
Friday 1st March 2019. Davin Park, Carrick-on-Suir
Loreto Clonmel: 9-11
St. Augustine’s College, Dungarvan: 0-10
Loreto Clonmel made amends for their Munster Final loss at this stage last year by comprehensively defeating St. Augustine’s, Dungarvan. A powerful second half proved to be too much for their Waterford opponents as Loreto were ruthless in attack. Loreto win their first ever Munster ‘A’ Junior title to add the Senior Munster title won only two weeks ago.
The first half of this game was a very competitive affair with both sides working hard to gain a foothold in the game. St. Augustine’s registered the first point of the game after 2 minutes. Loreto were slow to get into proceedings but recorded their first score with an opportunist goal from Caoimhe Mulcahy after 6 minutes. From here the game settled into a very tense affair with both teams defending excellently and turning over possession. Between the 12th and 25th minute both sides traded points with Clare Walsh, Eimear Quirke & Caoimhe Mulcahy scoring for Loreto as they attacked into a strong cross wind. Eimear McKeown made two noteworthy saves to frustrate Dungarvan’s attempt to score a goal. However, as the half came to a close, Loreto struck the back of the net twice. On 26 minutes Clare Walsh finished well while on 31 minutes Saoirse Keating slotted home after a wonderful run from Bríd McMaugh. The half ended with Loreto leading on a score line of 3-04 to 0-05
St. Augustine’s began the second half by scoring a point from a free tipped over the bar by Loreto’s defenders. Loreto began to dominate possession from this point on however, with their half back line of Nora Martin, Gretta Nugent & Triona Ryan starting to gain good possession and build attacks from the back. The next seven scores were kicked by Loreto as they added 3-04 to their tally. The goals were scored by the clinical Caoimhe Mulcahy who scored from play and the penalty spot and Clare Walsh who scored her second of the game. Possession of the ball and hard running were driving Loreto on and with a Keri Tarlenton point 21 minutes into the second half, all of Loreto’s half forward line were on the scoresheet. Eimear Quirke, Clare Walsh and midfielder Brigita Valuntaite also kicked some fine scores from play. As the half wore on the rampant Caoimhe Mulcahy finished two more goals to make it a total of 5-02 for her efforts. St. Augustine’s continued to work to compete but managed to only add five more points in this half. Player of the match was given to Nora Martin who at half back won possession in defence & attack throughout the game to great effect.
Loreto can now look forward to representing Munster in the all-Ireland semi-final against St. Catherine’s, Armagh which will take place in Clane, Co. Kildare on March 23rd at 12.30pm.
1.Eimear McKeown; 2.Tamara Davis; 3.Veerle Van Der Wall; 4.Ailis O’Meara; 5.Nora Martin; 6.Gretta Nugent; 7.Triona Ryan; 8.Brigit Valuntaite; 9.Brid McMaugh; 10.Keri Tarlenton; 11.Eimear Quirke; 12.Clare Walsh; 13.Caoimhe Mulcahy; 14.Saoirse Keating; 15.Meadbh Mulcahy; 16. Aoife Morrissey; 17. Alanna Quirke; 18. Lauren Boland O’Reilly; 19. Aoife Campion; 20. Lucy Boland; 21. Megan O’Grady; 22.Aoibhe Brown; 23.Katie Wyse; 24. Kate Moore
Subs used: Aoife Campion for Tamara Davis, Lucy Boland for Clare Walsh, Megan O’Grady for Saoirse Keating, Aoibhe Brown for Tríona Ryan, Katie Wyse for Meadbh Mulcahy.
Thanks to Mr Kehir for the match report!