Borrisokane come on strong in second half to claim title

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Borrisokane come on strong in second half to claim title thumbnailBonnie Conroy (Borrisokane CC) comes away with the ball ahead of Jill Quirke (St Mary’s). Pic: Rose Mannion.

BORRISOKANE Community College defeated St Mary's Secondary School Nenagh when the neighbours met on a cold wet Saturday last in Dolla GAA Pitch.

Borrisokane ...5-5
Nenagh ...3-6

The game turned out to be a very tense tussle with little or nothing separating the sides throughout. Nine of the starting Borrisokane team have All Ireland medals from last year when they beat Abbey Community College of Waterford 2-8 to 2-4 in a replay game in the All Ireland final.

And, incidentally, it was a Nenagh girl, Ella Carey, who captained Borrisokane to this Munster win. 
For St Mary's, who were disappointed at not being able to finish the job, they will have to wait a further year, 2008 being the last time they won this competition.

In this high scoring game, Borrisokane got off to a great start and playing with the strong wind, Aine Slattery sent a midfield free to the Nenagh net in the 3rd minute and Laura Shinners followed up with a free. The sides were level after ten minutes when Sarah Madden scrambled a goal from a pile up to follow up on Emily Morrissey's pointed free earlier.

Goals were coming thick and fast and were the order of the day but Laura Leenane replying was happy with a point at the opposite end. Niamh Cunneen fired St Mary's out in front with a hand passed goal in the 16th minute but it was short lived as Laura Leenane split open St Mary's backs and fired to the side of their net a short time later. Two more goals were to follow, one from each side, Emily Morrissey for St Mary's while Laura Shinners kept Borrisokane on the map and the sides were locked at half time 3-3 each.

It was anyone's game entering the last half and St Mary's took the lead with an Eileen Gleeson point and a free from Niamh Cunneen but Laura Shinners 38th minute goal gave Borrisokane a slender one point lead which they went on to build on. St Mary's piled on the pressure with attack after attack but the Borris backs stood firm with their captain and custodian Ella Carey taking down two consecutive shots while full back Lauren Ryan was completely in control.

Shinners dropped over a well taken point seven minutes later and all the time despite several attempts at scoring, Borrisokane kept St Mary's efforts at bay.

It was Anna Harding's goal in the 52nd minute that sealed the champions deal with custodian Ella Carey outstanding as was Lauren Ryan who were determined not to let St Mary's back into the game.

Orla Hogan, Amy Bergin and Bonnie Conroy with Aine Slattery were outstanding. St Mary's needed a goal to get them back into the game and they attacked through Emily O'Dwyer, Eileen Gleeson and Jill Quirke but Borrisokane showed wonderful resilience and once again they held out each attack with the backs working very well together and eventually Jill Quirke dropped over a 30m free with normal time just up.

Aine Slattery split St Mary's uprights four minutes into injury time and to the sound of the whistle with Borrisokane crowned Munster champs for the second consecutive year.

Borrisokane now move onto the All-Ireland semi-final to play the Ulster champions on February 17 on home ground.

Player of the match : Lauren Ryan (Borrisokane CC).


Borrisokane: Laura Leenane (2-1), Laura Shinners (1-3, 0-1 free), Aine Slattery (1-1, 1-0 free), Anna Harding (1-0).

St Mary's Nenagh: Niamh Cunneen (1-2, 0-2 frees), Sarah Madden (1-1), Emily Morrissey (1-1, 0-1 free), Jill Quirke (0-1, free), Eileen Gleeson (0-1).

BORRISOKANE CC: Ella Carey (Captain) (Nenagh), Eve Anna McCarthy (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Lauren Ryan (Toomevara), Orla Hogan (Toomevara), Amy Bergin (Toomevara), Bonnie Conroy (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Aine Leenane (Shannon Rovers), Rachel Hannigan (Shannon Rovers), Sarah Hough (Shannon Rovers), Charlotte Collier (Kildangan), Aine Slattery (Shannon Rovers), Laura Shinners (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Anna Harding (Shannon Rovers). Laura Leenane (Shannon Rovers), Louise Torpey (Kilruane MacDonaghs).

Subs: Eimear Fogarty (Shannon Rovers) (for Eve Anna McCarthy, half time), Orla Molloy (Kilruane MacDonaghs) (for L. Torpey, 38 mins).

ST MARY'S NENAGH: Caoilfhionn Maher (Burgess Duharra), Rachel Shanahan (Silvermines), Fiona Kirwan (Burgess Duharra), Mickayla Doran (Toomevara), Aoibhin Delaney (Silvermines), Katie Murphy (Silvermines), Niamh Bray (Portroe), Sarah Madden (Captain) (Silvermines), Emer Tuohy (Silvermines), Niamh Cunneen (Silvermines), Mary Flaherty (Toomevara), Jill Quirke (Toomevara), Eileen Gleeson (Toomevara), Emily Morrissey (Burgess Duharra), Ellen Cunneen (Silvermines).

REFEREE: Donal Leahy (Moyne Templetouhey)


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