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Clonakilty's Martina O'Brien and Meabh O'Donovan celebrate after defeating Glanmire in the Intermediate Ladies Football Championship final. Picture: Gavin Browne
Clonakilty's Martina O'Brien and Meabh O'Donovan celebrate after defeating Glanmire in the Intermediate Ladies Football Championship final. Picture: Gavin Browne
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Ladies football: Clon ace hails young guns for turning uncertainty into glory

IT WAS a special day for Clonakilty ladies footballers on Saturday as they were crowned intermediate county champions, which will see them move up to the senior ranks next season.

Two second-half goals from Orlaith Deasy, the second a penalty, were vital scores in their 2-8 to 0-11 win. Three pointed frees from Ciara Ryan, just before half-time were also crucial as it put them within one point of Glanmire, turning to play with the wind.

Minding the net for the winners is current Cork senior keeper, Martina O’Brien and afterwards she said it was great to win the title and going up senior next year.

“Going into this year we weren’t too optimistic and were just hoping to have a team together. We then played our first match against Glanmire and they beat us well.

“We had a look at ourselves after that game and some of the younger players stepped up, we had two 15- and two 16-year-olds starting the final and for them to step up was phenomenal and they helped drive us on.

“We had a couple of good wins after that but the big one was our semi-final win over Rosscarbery. That gave us massive confidence and it showed today.

“I suppose I am coming towards the end of my career and didn’t think I would ever win another county with Clon and I am just delighted I have. It’s great to be going up senior with the club, but that’s for next season, we will just enjoy this county title first,” concluded Martina.

Manager of the side, JJ Deasy, echoed Martina’s sentiments saying: “I’m absolutely delighted with that, thrilled for all the panel. Some weren’t giving us any chance coming into the final.

“The work rate we got from the girls was outstanding and even when we went down five points we didn’t panic and that spell before half-time (when they brought it back to one point) was crucial.

“That gave us the boost we needed to drive on in the second half and thankfully we got the goals to win.

“Of course the goals were important, but that spell was critical and the confidence the girls got from it set up the second-half nicely.

“It’s a great day for all involved in the club and it’s great to be going up senior,” concluded JJ.