Victory for Nathy’s Girls
As the game got off to a late start, referee Michael Duffy (Sligo) threw up the ball. It was quickly won by Manorhamilton and carried up the field to open the first score of the game. It wasn’t long before Ballaghaderreen showed their place worthy of being in the final after full -forward, Megan McCormack put three goals in the back of the net. St. Clare’s of Manorhamilton showed they weren’t just ready for giving up yet and scored two points, one after another. St. Nathy’s girls were soon back on top, however, after Shannon Dowd won the ball in her own half, carrying it down the field with an effortless kick over the bar. Captain Shannon Doherty showed an exhibition of real football throughout the game. As the half- time whistle blew the Nathy’s girls were comfortably ahead by 4-5 to 4 points.
As the second half began, Nathy’s showed speed and tremendous football skills as Orla O’Dowd won the breaking ball then a crisp kick over the bar. Manorhamilton girls showed their stronger side scoring a thrilling goal. After Meave Cox scored another goal for Nathy’s, it sealed the deal. Every player on the field put in a cracking performance for their teams. Despite their worthy efforts, Manorhamilton couldn’t get past the Green and Whites of Ballaghaderreen. The final score was St. Nathy’s 7-8 vs. St. Clare’s 1-9. The girls will now go forward to play in the Connaught Final against St. Attracta’s, Tubercurry.
We wish them the best of luck and hope they bring the title home!