Cloyne ladies football team making their own mark at famous hurling club

Cloyne ladies football team making their own mark at famous hurling club

The Lewis family celebrate after Sarah Jane (left) had followed in her father MIck's footsteps, by bringing home a county football medal to Cloyne

WHILST hurling and Cloyne go hand in hand, it's often forgotten that the local GAA club has enjoyed it's day in the sun in galeic football on a number of occasions.

Now it appears, the females in the black and red are making their own statement of intent, after recording a fairytale triumph in their very first season playing at adult level. 

The victorious team and management were hailed as all stars as they returned home following an historic recent triumph against Ibane Gaels in the County C Grade Ladies Football Championship Final recently. 

It was a fitting reward for a group of players who in recent times have shown tremendous dedication to this fledgling club.

The Cloyne ladies topped their 7 team group, winning all 6 matchs en route to a final rematch with Ibane Gaels, whom they had defeated in late August by 4-12 to 2-4 in the round robin series. 

After posting that impressive maximum haul of 12 points on the league table and boasting a scoring difference of 87, the East Cork outfit began as favourites to capture the silverware. 

An early goal by Alana Tyan helped settle Cloyne and despite playing against a strong wind, they led 1-5 to 0-4 at the interval. Faye Cahill's second half goal embellished the lead and helped the final scoreboard read 2-10 to 1-5 in Cloyne's favour. 

Captain fantastic Taylor Murphy had the honour of receiving the first ever adult trophy won by the club. Greater reflection will acknowledge that this was not a surprise first time win, as the seeds were sown over the past number of years at juvenile level in an era which included an Under 12 East Cork success five years ago.

Under the shadow of the round tower and beneath the gaze of Christy Ring's statue, hurling is of course a religion. 

However, it is worth highlighting that every so often there have been reasons to be cheerful for those men with a football persuasion. 

A look at the roll of honour from East Cork illuminates the Cloyne name on 5 occasions in this millennium as Junior A Grade champions. 

The run features a 3 row triumph beginning in 2008, which culminated with an inaugural county tile in 2010. On that day Cloyne edged out White's Cross by 0-10 to 0-9 in Pairc Ui Rinn. 

In total the club has actually won 6 divisional crowns - the first in 1976, which was a memorable double winning year.

Finally, in a story line spanning the generation gap, the recent ladies success was a proud day for Imokilly's inspiring 1984 county senior winning football goalkeeper Mick Lewis, who guarded the goal with such distinction in the Centenary Year triumph. 

Mick's daughter Sarah Jane played a starring defensive role in the Cloyne ladies success, ensuring another country medal finds its way to the sporting mad household.

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