Bríd joins a select group as Mourneabbey make it four ladies football titles in a row

Bríd joins a select group as Mourneabbey make it four ladies football titles in a row
HAIR-RAISING: Bríd O'Sullivan, Mourneabbey, battles with Bríd Stack, St Val's. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

MOURNEABBEY captain Bríd O’Sullivan is in a unique club of select players who have lifted the John Hurley Cup back-to-back on Saturday, the others being team-mate Roisin O’Sullivan and former Cork star Juliet Murphy of Donoughmore.

O’Sullivan’s work-rate was clear to see for all in the packed stand in CIT, a venue which hosted two games prior to the senior showdown where Mourneabbey made it four in a row St Val's.

Playing centre-forward, the secondary school teacher was the key link for Shane Ronayne’s side in attack, who will now take on the Senior B Munster Championship winners in three weeks’ time, but as of yet, they don’t know who their opponents will be.

“It was a lovely evening for football and there was great support, so we’re delighted.

“The scoreline flattered us a bit to be honest, because usually we’d be giving out that we can’t score enough goals, so we were happy that that worked out for us.”

As for St Val’s comeback bid at the end of the first-half, O’Sullivan believes it’s something that will have to be worked on as they proceed into the provincial championship.

“I think that when we go up by a lot, we tend to revert back into ourselves. We didn’t want to let them score, and we were trying to protect what we had, but we should have stuck to what we knew and kept following through on our own game because it had been going so well for us up until that point.

“And, that’s something we need to work on. But, at half-time we re-grouped, and said that if we could go out and win the second half then we had a good chance.”

As for the younger players stepping up to the plate for Mourneabbey, O’Sullivan was full of praise.

“Ellie (Jack) was flying towards the end and I think she scored 1-1 in the last few minutes, and she’s just 16.

“The young ones don’t get tired, so that helps a few of us older ones when it gets late on in the game.

“But it’s great to see the younger players getting to play at this level and show just how talented they are.”

In 2016, Mourneabbey were defeated in the senior All-Ireland final by Donaghamoyne, and they opted to take a longer break before going back this season and the rest seems to have paid off for Shane Ronayne’s side.

“When we did go back, we went hell for leather. We’ve being doing a lot of hard training over the last few weeks so that told there now in a row.

“But, we’re not thinking outside the Munster final now. Every year is a new year to us so you don’t really think about three in-a-row or four in-a-row, it’s just about winning in 2017.”

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