Scoil Mhuire Carrick on Suir capture All-Ireland glory
It’s been an incredible journey from ‘D’ champions to a first ever Ladies ‘A’ title
Scoil Mhuire, Carrick on Suir, Tipperary, players celebrate with the cup. Lidl All Ireland Senior A Post Primary Schools Champions. Photograph: Sportsfile
Scoil Mhuire Carrick on Suir 4-16 Colaiste Iosagain Dublin 2-8
Scoil Mhuire Carrick on Suir delivered their first All-Ireland Ladies Football PPS Senior A title in impressive fashion at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny on Monday.
Three years ago the winners were in ‘D’ competition, but worked hard to take top honours with a double-scores victory - however this was far from a one-sided encounter.
Both sides made a frantic start to this contest and were level on three occasions inside the opening 14 minutes, until a point from captain Aoife Murray in the 15th minute handed Scoil Mhuire a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
A succession of wides followed, but Scoil Mhuire made amends with a 1-7 to 0-3 interval lead - Keeley Corbett-Barry netting their goal.
Triplets Aoife, Katie and Emma Murray were outstanding, and with a strong Scoil Mhuire attack, it was going to be tough for Colaiste Iosagain.
On the restart, they claimed three of the first four points, but Scoil Mhuire led by 2-11 to 0-6 following a goal from Player of the Match Geraldine Power.
A brace of goals from half-time substitute Sinéad De Bhuilde and two further points cut the gap to three points, but that was as good as it got.
Scoil Mhuire fired 2-5 without reply, including goals from Corbett-Barry and Beth Norris.
SCOIL MHUIRE: Subs: C Power; E McCarthy, K Hahessy, H White; Á Power, J Nugent, A Doyle; E Murray, KA Doyle; G Power (1-2), K Murray (0-7), B Norris (1-0); K Corbett-Barry (2-2), A Murray (0-5, 4f), A McGuigan. Subs: H Phelan for McGuigan (61); C Murray for Norris (61).
COLAISTE ÍOSAGÁIN: C Ní Shíocháin; R Ní Nulláin, L Nic an Tuille, E Nic Gearailt; M Ní Ghormáin, T Ní Shuilleabháin, K Ní Fhearáin; H Ní Dheá (0-1), M Ní Chiardha (0-4, 3f); L Ní Chatháin, BK Huggard, L Huggard; N Ní Chiardha, N Ní Shíocháin, G Ní Shé (0-3). Subs: S De Bhuilde (2-0) for Ní Chatháin (HT); L Ní Shé for Nic Gearailt (47); G Ní Dhrisceoill for Ní Shíocháin (52).
Referee: Mel Kenny (Mayo)