St Josephs Tulla 6-11
Seamount College Kinvara 1-03
Venue: Kenny Park, Athenry
St Joseph’s Secondary School, Tulla, were crowned All-Ireland Junior B champions on Saturday with a convincing win over a gallant Seamount College, Kinvara.
It was a great display of teamwork from the winning side, especially when one considers that Seamount took the field with seven of the team that won the Post Primary schools Senior ‘A’ final just one week before.
Right from the throw-in the St. Joseph’s girls got stuck in and had 2-02 on the scoreboard before Seamount could get the sliotar beyond the halfway line. Regan Conway raised the first flag of the day in the first minute when she converted a free. The ball was returned to the Seamount square from the puck out and in the ensuing goalmouth scramble full forward Niamh O’Gorman got a vital touch to get her side’s first goal.
Niamh Mulqueen added a point from play and then Regan Conway struck for the first of her three goals when her well hit ball from out the field deceived everyone and ended up in the net. Dearbhaile Walshe opened the scoring for the Kinvara girls with a well struck point from play.
In the following ten minutes, Regan Conway converted a 45, Evelyn Duggan scored a goal when her shot was misjudged again by the Seamount goalkeeper and defence, Niamh O’Gorman shot over a point after taking a pin point hand pass from Conway.
The Seamount girls were trying very hard but the Tulla backs were in top form and repelled all attacks until a powerful shot from Carrie Dolan dipped under the crossbar to give her side a well-deserved boost. However Tulla finished out the half with a goal from Regan Conway to leave the score St. Joseph’s 4-4 Seamount 1-1.
The second half continued in the same vein and despite the best efforts of the Kinvara girls, St. Joseph’s added another 2-7, with all but one goal coming from Player of the Game Regan Conway. The other goal was scored by her cousin Robyn. Seamount added two points to bring their tally to 1-3.
St Joseph’s had good performances all over the field, Alannah Ryan was outstanding at centreback but she was ably assisted by the backs around her. Conway and Mulqueen lorded the centrefield and the forwards including Sinead Conlon, Bridin Dinan and Laura Mcgrath all played their part in a great victory.
This was a performance worthy of winning the All-Ireland and the players, including the five substitutes used by the management deserve full credit for the way they went about the business of winning this game right from the throw-in.
St Josephs Tulla:
Niamh O’Brien , Catherine Donnellan, Aoife Tuohy, Aine Nash, Aoife Vaughan, Alannah Ryan, Siobhan O’Connell, Regan Conway (3-08 5f’ 145) Niamh Mulqueen (0-01), Sinead Conlon, Evelyn Duggan(1-01), Laura McGrath, Bridin Dinan, Niamh O’Gorman (1-01), Robyn Conway(1-00).
Substitutes: Eileen Daly for Aine Nash (HT), Meghan Boland, Laura O’Connell, Laoise Culloo, Orlaith Nash for Siobhan O’Connell, Sinead Conlon, Bridin Dinan and Niamh O’Gorman 50/52 mins.
Seamount Kinvara: Amy Helebert, Eve Moloney, Ciara Helebert, Sinead Keane, Tara Bermingham, Leanness Helebert, Muireann Faherty, Neamh Keane, Carrie Dolan, Ciara Keane, Dearbhaile Walshe, Saoirse Bourke, Hazel Lane, Rachel Helebert, Georgina McDonagh.
Referee Ger Browne, Tipperary.