Adare 7-04 Murroe/Boher 2-06.
The scoreline in no way reflects this game which in terms of possession Murroe/Boher dominated but when it came to putting scores on the board Adare were the masters. Murroe/Boher started well and launched attack after attack but the Adare defence held firm. After 8 minutes of sustained pressure on the Adare goal a Murroe/Boher attack broke down and Adare broke swiftly, transferring the ball to County Captain Lauren Ryan who ran the length of the pitch to score a fine goal. This was the pattern of the 1st half, Murroe/Boher attacked and Adare countered on the break. Lauren Ryan scored 4 goals in the 1st half and set up another for Adare which gave them a commanding lead.
Murroe Boher, for all our possession could only manage 2 Aoife Kinsella points in this half and left us a mountain to climb.
Murroe/Boher completely dominated the second half possession with Adare managing only 4 trips into our half of the pitch. Edel Cunningham and Emily Sheehy both had fine games in goals and in backs , a role they shared on the day. Amy O Halloran, and Amy Swords really got to grips with Adare in the 2nd half and had excellent matches. Hazel Hourigan was outstanding in the half back line as was Aoife Moloney. Special mention to Katie Hayes who, despite illness, turned in a great display of attacking half back football.
Charlotte Walsh and Orla Regan completely dominated the midfield area in the 2nd half in particular and was the instigators of all our attacks. Anna Madigan covered every blade of grass in both attack and defence as did Ruan O Donovan. Murroe/Boher piled on the pressure in this half and a further 1-02 from Aoife Kinsella narrowed the gap. Anna Madigan and Ruan O Donovan added further points before Karen Cunningham scored a superb goal. Karen and Anna both hit the crossbar and the Adare net-minder made a string of fine saves. Lauren Beirne and Bethany Ranson came close on numerous occasions as did the impressive Roisin Dunlea, one of our 12s who was outstanding on the day. Tara Campbell contributed well when introduced also for Murroe/Boher.
Overall this was an excellent season for the 14s.
Two years ago at 12s we contested the C Final so to reach the last 4 in Limerick to contest the As was brilliant. The commitment now is to redouble the effort and contest, and hopefully win, the 16s title in 2 years with this group of girls who are an absolute credit to the Club and to their Families. A small celebration in McDonalds was deemed in order on Monday after the match and an enjoyable evening was had by all.
Well done to Adare on the victory which was totally deserved. Their greater scoring threat proved decisive on the night. Congratulations also to Old Mill, who defeated us in the semi final of the As on their victory in the A county final.