Saturday, 25 October 2014

FOUR ROADS LADIES ARE ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONS!

Grainne drives final nail in Corofin

All-Ireland Junior Club Camogie Final 

Four Roads 1-9 Corofin 0-6 

Sunday was a proud day for everyone associated with the GAA in Four Roads, indeed with the general area and with sport in Co. Roscommon. The remarkable Four Roads club has achieved another impressive honour: victory in the All-Ireland Junior Camogie Final. 

  It was achieved after a tight and well-contested final against Corofin (Clare), played in bitterly cold conditions in Ballinasloe on Sunday. Four Roads were heroic and hungry, determined and devastating when it mattered. 

  Not for the first time, the classy Lizzie Glennon-Tully (who scored 0-6) was hugely influential, but credit to all of the Four Roads players and management for securing this major success. Indeed the crucial goal came from Grainne Egan, a score which finally ended the resistance of their gallant opponents. 

  Four Roads led by 0-4 to 0-2 after a first half which was understandably low-scoring in what were terrible conditions. Corofin, very much reliant on Clare Commane, who you could say produced a Commane-ding performance, reduced the deficit to one early in the second half. Glennon-Tully replied for Four Roads but Commane made it Four Roads 0-5 to 0-4. The title was in the balance. 

  Glennon-Tully now showed her class, producing three scores in quick succession which will stand out as key factors in this famous win. Here was a player of real quality showing leadership when it was most needed. Suddenly Simon Coyle’s team led by 0-8 and 0-4 and in a predictably low-scoring encounter they could quite reasonably begin to visualise the famous Four Roads jersey crossing that finishing line first. 

  Commane and Keating exemplified Corofin’s quality and determination however, responding with two scores that had Four Roads’ hearts hopping. In the closing minutes nerves were eased however when Grainne Egan drove him the game’s only goal after a goalmouth scramble. 1-8 to 0-6. A superb long-range effort from Niamh Coyle was the icing on the cake, and Four Roads were champions with a six-point margin. 

Four Roads: B. Mannion; C. Glennon, O. Hughes, M. Glennon-Kelly; A. Fallon, S. Coyle, D. Kelly; G. Dowd (0-1), C. Rogerson; N. Coyle (0-1), G. Egan (1-0), S. O’Brien (0-1); P. Lennon, L. Glennon-Tully (0-6, 3 frees), E. Treacy. Subs used: A. Rogerson for Treacy.

Corofin: C. Tierney; N. Carkill, L. Clancy, D. Courtney; B. O’Donoghue, M. Kelleher, N. Shannon; E. Keating (0-1), N. O’Dea; L. McMahon, M. Raftery,  A. Kelleher; A. Davoren, C. Commane (0-5, 4 frees), S. Kelleher. 

Referee: C. Egan (Cork).