Desmonds/Duagh Senior A Champions

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On Sunday 14th Sept the Senior A County Final took place in JP O’Sullivan Park in Killorglin between Desmonds/Duagh & Southern Gaels. This was Southern Gaels third final in a row, a massive feat in itself & was hoping 2014 would finally be their year. In fact it was Southern Gaels who got on the scoreboard first with a point from county star Deirdre Corridan from a free in the 3rd min. Leanne Mangan replied with similar 2 minutes later. Desmonds/Duagh had a lot of possession but for some wayward shooting, should have been 5/6 points clear. However instead, it was tit for tat on the score board as both sides exchanged points. Goal opportunities were pretty limited, with the best opportunity falling to Southern Gaels but was blazed wide. But Southern Gaels did manage to get a goal through Sandra Dillon corner forward who happened to be at the end of a well worked team move, making the score 1-05 to 0-4 with just 5 minutes of the first half to play. Desmonds/Duagh 2 minutes later were awarded a penalty. Leanne Mangan stepped up to take it, but it was well saved by keeper Sadbh Fitzgerald. However from the resultant 45 Eibhlis Dillon goaled.  Half time score: Southern Gaels 1-05 Desmonds/Duagh 1-04. Bernie Cronin midfield for Southern Gaels got 2 wonderful long range points to start the half well for the Southern Gaels side. Leanne Mangan got Desmonds/Duagh on the scoreboard via a free, after she was fouled. Similar to the first half, Desmonds/Duagh dominated possession, but through a combination of tight defending, wayward shooting & hesitancy to take on a final shot, they wasted much of that possession. But Lorraine Scanlon played a captains part & got 2 points in a period where scores were slack & much needed to help her team get in front. Leanne Mangan in the 15th minute forced a great one handed save by the Southern Gaels keeper to prevent a certain goal. Andrea Murphy who was as industrious as always scored a fantastic after a wonderful solo effort, to put 3 between the teams. However Desmonds/Duagh wing back Tina Mangan who was tight marking & tiggerish all day got sin binned for some afters with Southern Gaels Deirdre Corridan on the 20th minute, meaning she was gone for the rest of the game. Southern Gaels with numerical advantage drove at Desmonds/Duagh in a much quicker pace & were immediately rewarded with a point. But with the clock running against them & Desmonds/Duagh now defending in a pack Southern Gaels found it difficult to break through for the scores they really needed. Southern Gaels themselves then had a player Linda Cronin sin binned for a late tackle & the numerical advantage was wipped out. Desmonds/Duagh hung on tightly for the win, with their captain Lorraine Scanlon winning a ball right under their cross bar. That was to be last play of the game. Final Score Southern Gaels 1-08 Desmonds/Duagh 1-10. This game will be remembered in the end for unfortunately the high number of wides, especially in the first half but also the frantic end with two players sin binned in what was otherwise a game played in a very sporting manner. Desmonds/Duagh now go on to represent Kerry in the Munster Club Championship, on October 4/5th.  Playing well for Desmonds/Duagh were Andrea Murphy, Lorraine Scanlon. Leanne Mangan. For Southern Gaels Caroline Kelly & Linda Cronin worked tirelessly.

Desmonds/Duagh: Melissa Holland, Marian Shine, Aoife Lyons, Maura Dillon, Tina Mangan, Cait Lynch, Jane Lynch, Aisling Leonard 0-1, Eilis Lynch, Rachel Cronin, Lorraine Scanlon 0-2 (0-1F), Andrea Murphy 0-1, Eibhlis Dillon 1-0, Leanne Mangan 0-6 (0-4F), Aine O’Connor

Subs: Laura Sheeran for Maura Dillon (26), Stephanie Murphy for Aine O’Connor (38), Sinead Guiney for Jane Lynch (50)

Southern Gaels: Sadbh Fitzgerald, Sarah Kelly, Cecilia O’Sullivan, Sinead Clifford, Emer Kissane, Caroline Kelly, Clodagh Quinlan, Megan O’Connell 0-1, Bernie Cronin 0-2, Lisa O’Sullivan 0-1, Linda Cronin, Amy Fitzgerald, Sandra Dillon 1-1, Deirdre Corridan 0-3 (0-2F), Mary Cronin

Subs: Louise Galvin for Emer Kissane (48), Fiona Keating for Mary Cronin (48)

Referee: Sean Joy (Laune Rangers)