Claddagh Ring Ladies IFC Final
Round Towers 1-02
By Fiona O’Brien
Parnells are county champions once again after a strong performance against Round Towers in the Intermediate Championship final.
Tommy Donoghue’s side conceded an early goal, but held their opponents pointless for the rest of the opening half as they went on their own scoring spree, before controlling the game after the break.
Round Towers opened the scoring through Shannon Cull in the opening stages, but it was a trio of goals from Aoife Herbert that would seal Parnells first-half dominance.
Herbert added a point immediately after Cull’s goal, before full-forward Catriona McGahan added two on the bounce.
But then Herbert would do well to take two goals in a row after the Parnells forwards put pressure on Sandra Reilly’s kick-outs, and after two interceptions and two goal scoring opportunities Herbert rattled the net twice.
Lisa Cafferky would add another point for a 2-4 to 1-0 lead after a powerful run in towards goals, before Carol Hegarty took a well-struck point from distance.
Club captain Polly Marmion added another immediately before Herbert took advantage of another kick out interception for her first point of the game.
Parnells would win possession from the following kick-out but this time the Towers stood strong at the back and it took a lengthy period of passing around the 45 line before a breakthrough was made to allow Hegarty to convert a point once more.
See this week’s Irish World for full match report
PARNELLS: Maria King, Niamh O’Brien, Catherine Conneely, Laura Grills, Renee Murphy, Niamh Murphy, Noelle Cocoman, Helen Hughes, Hannah Noonan (0-1), Carol Hegarty (0-3, 1f), Lisa Cafferky (0-4, 3f), Rebecca Mills, Aoife Herbert (3-2), Catriona McGahan (0-2), Polly Marmion (0-1).
ROUND TOWERS: Sandra Reilly, Denise Sinclair, Emma Sayers, Laura O’Connor, Ashling Parsons, Aoife Boyle, Niamh McEnroe, Joanne Long, Catherine Burke, Lorraine Power (0-1), Shannon Cull (1- 1), Laura Faulds, Kathy O’Regan, Eadaoin Devine, Amanda Browne.