Spa 1-15 Clounmacon Moyvane 1-6.
The Randles Bros Junior B County Championship final took place in Kerins O Rahillys pitch on Sunday last in good conditions with a large crowd present.
Clounmacon Moyvane got off to a good start with 2 well taken frees.
The running of young Murine Wall from midfield was causing Spa huge problems and a number of positional switches were made to rectify the problem.
Playing against the breeze Spa soon took charge in the middle third with Loretta Maher, Michaela O Connor,Mags Cronin and Claire Moynihan running at pace through the clounmacon moyvane rearguard.
Mairead Finnegan was clinical in front of the posts from free taking and Spa soon went ahead on the score of 0-6 to 0-3.
Spa lost full forward Roisin Kearney to injury mid way through the first half and the introduction of Niamh Clifford produced 2 more great points.
Clounmacon Moyvane scored another pointed free before another surging Spa run found Micaela O Connor on the edge of the square where she made no mistake and slotted the ball to the net past the clounmacon moyvane keeper.
With a minute remaining in the first half Micaela O Connor again found room to fire another point leaving the half time score, Spa 1-9 Clounmacon Moyvane 0-4.
On the resumption of the second half, Spa were worried about the goal scoring ability of Rebecca Horgan and Erin Finucane and worked extremely hard to stop the delivery of ball to the inside forwards. Mairead Bennett and Sinead Cronin were brilliant in defence.
Playing with the breeze, Spa now moved the ball with pace to the scoring zone and soon yielded two more points.
Clounmacon Moyvane, as we knew, now began to come at Spa and scored two points of their own.
A long ball from midfielder Moira Flaherty somehow managed to fly to the Spa net for a clounmacon moyvane goal.
1-11 to 1-6.
Spa, however increased the tempo and the introduction of fresh players and with Cassandra Buckley and Ciara Moynihan dictating the game, Spa added further scores to finally clinch the Junior B title at the third year of trying.
Clounmacon Moyvane are a very young impressive team and silverware will soon be bestowed on them.
Many thanks to Donal O’ Doherty for the match report.