Liscannor 2-11 Shannon Gaels 4-1
LISCANNOR’S ability to kick points was the telling difference in last Saturday’s Intermediate Ladies’ Football final in Miltown.
The North Clare girls, who will play senior football in 2010, shot into an early 1-5 to 0-0 lead and it looked as if they would completely outplay their opponents from Labasheeda and Kilmurry McMahon.
The Gaels showed plenty of fight, however, and come the interval, Liscannor led by just five points, 2-6 to 2-1. Ashling Torpey’s 15th minute goal added to points kicked by herself, Fiona Considine, the excellent Áine Burke and Marie Considine, who had a great game for Liscannor.
Burke added another point after her side’s first goal. Playing with the wind, Liscannor appeared in total control as the Gaels struggled to get the ball beyond midfield.
When they did, they won a close-in free. Mairéad Madigan could have tapped it over but instead the Gaels’ forward blasted a badly needed goal to the back of Clare Frawley’s net.
Olivia Lucas responded within minutes with Liscannor’s second goal to re-establish control. As half-time neared, however, Imelda Kennedy netted Shannon Gaels’ second goal, which was followed by another point from Madigan.
Marie Considine’s late first-half points left her team five points ahead at the interval. Thirty-four seconds into the second half, Mairéad Madigan goaled again for the Gaels, who threatened to take over at this stage. They didn’t score again for 15 minutes and in the interim, Burke and Marie Considine again pointed for the winners.
Rachel Ryan scored the Gaels’ final goal and indeed their last score of the game 15 minutes from full-time. This left Liscannor leading narrowly, 2-8 to 4-1.
Áine Burke gave further demonstration of her ability with a brace of points in the closing stages, while Olivia Lucas landed a like score.
The final whistle signalled a second successive intermediate final defeat for the Gaels ladies.
Liscannor were the better team over the hour, however, with their half-back line of Martina Scales, Carmel Considine and Suzanne Cagney excelling. Áine Greene played great football at midfield, while up front, Marie Considine, Áine Burke and Ashling Torpey were very impressive.
Susan Neylon, Adrienne Nugent and Helena Flanagan gave everything for the Gaels, as did Edel Madigan, Imelda Kennedy and Mairéad Madigan further up the field.
Liscannor: Clare Frawley; Marian Considine, Anna O’Connor, (captain), Emma Slattery; Martina Scales, Carmel Considine, Suzanne Cagney; Yvonne Flaherty and Áine Greene; Marie Considine, Olivia Lucas, Rebecca O’Regan, Fiona Considine, Áine Burke and Ashling Torpey.
Subs: Doireann Hanrahan for Emma Slattery.
Scorers: Áine Burke 0-5, Ashling Torpey and Olivia Lucas 1-1 each, Marie Considine 0-3 and Fiona Considine 0-1.
Shannon Gaels: Amanda Ryan, Susan Neylon, Carmel Bohannon (captain), Eilish Moran; Helena Flanagan, Adrienne Nugent, Ger Corry; Mary-Ruth Neylon, Edel Madigan; Imelda Kennedy, Edel Dillon, Michelle Madigan, Mairéad Madigan, Sarah Bohannon, Rachel Ryan.
Subs: Kate O’Brien and Sharon Meaney.
Scorers: Mairéad Madigan 2-1, (1-1f), Imelda Kennedy and Rachel Ryan 1-0 each.
Referee: Lisa Harte (West Clare Gaels).