Monday, 24 November 2014

Four Roads girls go for gold

ALL-IRELAND JUNIOR CAMOGIE CLUB FINAL

Four Roads v Corofin (Clare) on Sunday, Kenny Park Athenry, 2.30 pm

Seamus Duke

Four Roads have a golden opportunity to win a much-coveted All-Ireland camógie title on Sunday when they take on Munster champions Corofin of Clare in the final in Athenry.

Several of the Four Roads players were on the team that was beaten in the club’s only other All-Ireland final appearance when they lost to Leitrim Fontenoy’s of Down in 2004. Simon Coyle’s charges have been very impressive thus far in the championship, not least in the semi-final, when they put Leinster champions Kilmessan of Meath to the sword by 2-13 to 0-6.

For experienced Four Roads corner-back Marie Glennon it’s a chance for her to pick up that elusive All-Ireland medal before she hangs up her boots. “If we can start the game on Sunday the way we did in the semi final then we will be well on our way. We have trained so hard for this game but this week we have eased down a bit in preparation for the game,” she said.

“The team will be much the same as the last day. Donna Kelly had an injury after the semi final but thankfully she is ok now and we are all looking forward to the game. I would say that there are seven or eight of the panel for Sunday who were involved in 2004 when we got to the final, so we know what it’s like to lose a final. I’m not sure that we actually realised that we were in a final that time, but we do this time around.

“There is huge goodwill throughout the county and further afield. We have got loads of good luck messages from all over the place and we should have a big following there on Sunday.

“To be in this final is a dream come true for me because I am retiring after the game and it would finish off the career nicely if we win it. It would be great for the club and for the county too. If we can get into the match early there is no reason why we can’t win it,” she concluded.

The Four Roads team will be along the same lines as that which did so well against Kilmessan in the semi final with Breda Mannion in goal, Catherine Glennon, Orla Hughes, and Marie Glennon in the full-back line and Aisling Fallon, Siobhan Coyle and Donna Kelly the most likely half-back line. Gertie Dowd and Catherine Rogerson are the likely midfield partnership with Niamh Coyle, Grainne Egan and Sinead O’Brien in the half-forward line. Lizzie Glennon, Edel Treacy and Patricia Lennon are the likely starting full forward line.

Corofin defeated a fancied Tír na nÓg side from Antrim in the semi-final and a player that Four Roads will have to look out for is their centre half-forward Claire Commane who scored 2-9 out of 2-10 in that semi-final and they have a number of other very talented players who will give Four Roads a stern test. However this Four Roads team are focussed determined and have the players that are well capable of winning this game and landing a long awaited All-Ireland title for the club and the parish.

Prediction: Four Roads.