It was a case of hard luck last Saturday afternoon in Carriganore, when An Rinn captured the Intermediate County title over a gallant Ferrybank team on a scoreline of 1-13 to 3-05. Two points in the final few minutes swung the game for An Rinn.
With underfoot conditions very slippery, and the heavy drizzle falling, both sides served up a very entertaining game. An Rinn opened the scoring with a point, but quick points from Valerie O' Brien and Niamh Ahearne edged Ferrybank ahead. The opening goal arrived midway through the opening half, when Niamh Ahearne shot was saved by the An Rinn goalie, but Niamh was first to the loose ball and slotted it to the net to give Ferrybank the lead.
With both sides attacking and creating scoring chances, An Rinn got back into the game with a goal of their own, when a long range free sailed all the way into the Ferrybank net. However, the girls didn’t let this setback get to them; points from Valerie O' Brien and Niamh Ahearne had them back in front. With Lydia Grant and Iona Heffernan playing well, Ferrybank got a second goal when Niamh Ahearne’s low shot evaded the An Rinn defence and went into the corner of the net. Valerie O' Brien’s point just before half-time had Ferrybank leading 2-04 to 1-05 at the break.
An Rinn started the second-half stronger and quickly drew level with two points. Ferrybank found it hard to get out of their own half, as An Rinn scored four unanswered points to open up a lead. However, Ferrybank refused to throw in the towel, and credit to the team, as another Valerie O' Brien point reduced the gap. Minutes later, Niamh Ahearne completed her hat-trick with a fine goal to draw level.
With Aisling Oates in defence playing a blinder, ably supported by Iona Heffernan, Bronagh Power and Valerie O' Brien, the game was there for the taking. With minutes remaining, two frees for An Rinn put them ahead, and despite late pressure from Ferrybank, An Rinn held out to claim the trophy.
This was a great effort from the girls, who left no stone unturned out on the field, gave it their all, and when it looked like An Rinn would pull away in the second-half, they refused to give up, and fought to the end. No doubt they will come back even stronger next year.
Thanks to Shiner and Paul for the training the girls throughout the season and the supporters who came out to support them last Saturday.
PANEL: Amy Boden, Aisling Heffernan, Aisling Oates, Clodagh Whelan, Deirdre Heffernan, Bronagh Power, Iona Heffernan, Lydia Grant, Grainne Heffernan, Valerie O' Brien, Niamh Ahearne, Helen McEvoy, Siobhan Heffernan, Eimear Larkin, Jane Myers, Aoife Byrne, Julie Sinnott, Clare Burtchaell, Orla O' Neill, Clare Molloy, Ciara Vereker, Roisin Oates, Olivia Ryan.
UNDER 16 HURLING:
Its crunch time for the U16 hurlers tonight (Monday October 2nd) at 7:30pm in St. Molleran’s GAA grounds, Carrickbeg as they take on Clonea in the quarter-finals of the Division 2 Championship.
When the sides met in the league stages, nothing could separate them, so another close game is on the cards. The lads have put in a huge effort over the last couple of weeks in training, and let’s hope they can deliver tomorrow night. So, come along to Carrickbeg and show your support. Best of luck lads.
Ferrybank/Erin’s Own were edged out in the quarter-finals of the Division 2 Minor Hurling Championship last Saturday afternoon in Dunhill by Brickey Rangers on a scoreline of 1-14 to 1-11. There was little to separate the sides throughout the game, but the men form the West scored a crucial goal to put them in the lead and they never looked back. Despite missing a penalty, the combined side could never get the goal to force extra-time.
UNDER 11 FOOTBALL:
Our U11 Footballers were defeated by a stronger St. Saviour’s side last Friday night on a scoreline of 3-08 to 1-02.
Ferrybank GAA club would like to wish clubman Pat Lawless a speedy recovery from his recent operation. Let’s hope it’s not too long before we see him back down in the field with the Junior hurlers.
Ferrybank GAA club would like to extend their sympathy to the family of the late David (Nannycock) Roche who sadly passed away last Saturday morning. Ar Dheis de go raibh a h-anam dilis.