Pres Thurles All Ireland dreams dashed by a strong Glenamaddy side





Pres Thurles All Ireland dreams dashed by a strong Glenamaddy side

Pres Thurles travelled to Balinasloe in Galway on Sunday to face off against Galway and Connact kingpins Glenamaddy in the 2018 All Ireland football decider.

It was the Galway girls who set the early pace with two quick fire points but the ever reliable Casey Hennessy turned the game on its head with two stunning goals in the space of five minutes.

Glenamaddy armed with a host of county players and players from their 2015 All Ireland A success were never going to panic and quickly regained the momentum. It was nip and tuck for most of the half until a critical five minute period before the interval. Pres Thurles conceded 1-3 in a two minute whirlwind where their kick out strategy malfunctioned. Glenamaddy headed for the shelter of the changing rooms with a four point cushion.

The second half saw Pres Thurles chasing the game but every time they looked to wrestle the momentum back they were hit with a Galway goal. Glenamaddy ran out deserving winners on a day where everything that could go wrong went wrong for the Pres ladies.

The management team of Barry Ryan and Cian Treacy were quick to remind the girls after the game of the wonderful heights they have achieved winning two Munster titles and an All Ireland title in the last two years.

Captain Aoife Maher and her sixth year team mates depart the school leaving football in a better place and that's the ultimate accolade for any student.

Glenamaddy: Amy Ward; Aisling Ward (1-0), Katelyn Mee, Leah Pettit; Maria Lyons, Cailiosa Keaveney, Lauren Griffin; Evelyn Flanagan, Maeve Flanagan; Eva Noone (0-2), Ailish Morrissey (2-4, two frees), Hannah Noone (0-2); Aoife Smyth (0-1, free), Lynsey Noone (2-0), Niamh Collins (0-4, three frees). Subs used: Sinead Comer for Smyth (58 mins), Kate McGann for Collins (60 mins), Emma Moran for E. Noone (60 mins), Eimear Collins for Aisling Ward (60 mins), Cailin Keaveney for Cailiosa Keaveney (60 mins).

Presentation: Muireann Lloyd; Aoife Maher, Aoife Finlay, Ellen Moore; Niamh Ryan, Muireann O’Connell, Roisin Daly; Katie Ryan, Marie Creedon; Dervla Heffernan, Saoirse O’Meara, Lauren McCormack (0-3, all frees); Jenny Irwin, Casey Hennessy (2-3), Ciara Dwan (0-1). Subs used: Grainne Phelan for O’Connell (44 mins), Queva O’Meara for Irwin (44 mins), Jessica Hayes for McCormack (51 mins), Joan Harty for Creedon (51 mins), Rachel Moore for O’Meara (60 mins).

Referee: Eamonn Moran (Kerry)