Rathmore were crowned Junior A County Champions on Saturday 13th Sept in a sun drenched Fossa. They defeated Corca Dhuibhne on a final score line of Rathmore 3-16 Corca Dhuibhne 4-10. Rathmore played in the Kerry jersey, due a clash of colors & perhaps that brought them the luck they needed. Corca Dhuibhne raced into an early lead with points by Katie Ní Mhuircheartaigh, Neasa Groiméal and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh. Noreen Murphy pointed Rathmore’s first score after 8 minutes quickly followed by a goal. The lead was short lived as Kate Ní Mhuircheartaigh goaled at the other end. Noreen Murphy added her second point a minute later but Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh put Corca Dhuibhne 2 in front on the 15th minute with a pointed free. It was Rathmore that dominated the remainder of the half with a point by Caroline Reen. This was followed shortly after as county star Aisling Desmond rattled the net for a goal & Noreen Murphy & Caroline Reen added four more points & Cliona Ni Chonchuir was forced to pull off two great saves .Eileen Murphy had the last point of the half for Rathmore on the 29th minute as Rathmore went in leading 2-8 to 1-4 at half time.
Corca Dhuibhne exploded in the second half and came right back into the game with a point each from Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh & Neasa Groiméal. In the sixth minute Neasa Groiméal goaled for Corca Dhuibhne. But Rathmore were not rattled & their response was immediate as they goaled themselves through Noreen Murphy. Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh showed her All Star quality & finished off a solo with a cracker of a goal, leaving just with 2 between them. Rathmore replied with a point to leave 3 between them. Points by co star Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh, Katie Ní Mhuircheartaigh for Corca Dhuibhne and 2 points from Rathmore’s Noreen Murphy saw just a point in it with 6 minutes on the clock. But Rathmore pushed & got crucial scores from Noreen Murphy, Caroline Dineen & Eileen Murphy. Corca Dhuibhne continued working hard right to the end and were rewarded with a fine goal from Neasa Groiméal. But Rathmore held on for the 3 point win. It was a fine game of football played in a sporting manner & at a very fast pace. Congratulations to both teams and their management & also Fossa GAA Club for the pitch. Captain Eileen Murphy accepted the title from Chairperson Pat Hartnett.
Rathmore: 1. Brid O’Leary, 2. Celine O’Connor, 3. Aileen Sheehan, 4. Peggy Murphy, 5. Sarah Murphy, 6. Jodie O’Sullivan, 7. Laoise Coughlan, 8. Caroline Dineen, 9. Aislinn Desmond, 10. Norma O’Mahoney, 11.Caroline Reen, 12. Marie O’Callaghan, 13. Eileen Murphy (capt), 14. Noreen Murphy, 15.Katie O’Mahoney, Subs 16. Nora Kelliher, 17. Shannon O’Leary. 18. Shauna Guerin 19. Marlyn O’Leary 20. Eleanor O’Leary 21. Murriosa O’Leary 22. Chloe O’Connor 23. Ciara Cremin 24. Michelle Murphy 25. Catherine Daly 26. Elaine O’Leary 27. Rachel Brosnan
Corca Dhuibhne: 1. Clíona Ní Chonchúir, 2. Neassa Nic Ginneá, 3. Bríd Nic an tSaoir, 4. Ellen Nic Giolla Gheimhridh, 5. Aoife Ní Chiobháin (Capt), 6. Ciara Ní Mhurchú, 7. Ciara Ní Ghrifín, 8.Catherine Ní Mhuircheartaigh, 9. Caoife de Hóra, 10. Neasa Groiméal, 11. Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh, 12. Róisin Ní Chonchúir, 13. Kate Ní Mhuircheartaigh, 14. Eilís Ní Chiobháin, 15. Aisling de Baróid, Subs: 16.Ciara Ní Shé, 17.Neasa Ní Chinnéide, 18.Niamh Ní Ghealbháin, 19.Neasa Ní Lúing, 20.Aíne Ní Chathalláin, 21.Eilís Ní Lúing, 22.Aoife Nic Ginneá, 23.Siobháin Ní Dhiomasaigh, 24.Muireann de Hóra.
Referee: Eddie Barrett.