Special day for West Cork as ladies footballers finally defeat Mourneabbey

Special day for West Cork as ladies footballers finally defeat Mourneabbey

West Cork celebrate their win over Mourneabbey last weekend. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

LAST Saturday was a special day for West Cork ladies football as the divisional side won the Senior A county title for the first time.

They came close two years ago when they took Mourneabbey to a replay before losing out.

Last year they lost out to the same side, who made it six in-a-row of senior titles so this year it was third time lucky for them.

Like their meeting in the round robin-stage earlier in the season this was another superb game, with both sides giving it their all with little or nothing between them over the hour.

Four goals were crucial scorers for the winners with Cork dual star, Libby Coppinger, getting two of them and the others coming from twins Daire and Eimear Kiely.

All three were key players for the winners who were captained by Beara and Cork star Áine O'Sullivan in their 4-9 to 2-13 win.

Aine created her own bit of history by becoming the first player to captain them to county glory and was honoured and delighted to do so.

“I'm absolutely delighted to have lifted the cup on behalf of all those girls,” said last Saturday was a special day for West Cork ladies football as the divisional side won the Senior A county title for the first time.

They came close two years ago when they took Mourneabbey to a replay before losing out.

Last year they last out to the same side, who made it six-in-a-row of senior titles so this year it was third time lucky for them.

Like their meeting in the round-robin stage earlier in the season this was another superb game, with both sides giving it their all with little or nothing between them over the hour.

Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Four goals were crucial scorers for the winners with Cork dual star, Libby Coppinger, getting two of them, and the others coming from twins Daire and Eimear Kiely.

All three were key players for the winners who were captained by Beara and Cork star Áine O'Sullivan in their 4-9 to 2-13 win.

Aine created her own bit of history by becoming the first player to captain them to county glory and was honoured and delighted to do so.

“I'm absolutely delighted to have lifted the cup on behalf of all those girls,” said Aine, “it's a special day for us to win our first senior county title to be captain is extra special. We have been knocking on the door for the last two years or so, took Mourneabbey to a replay two years ago, but they beat us well last year. They got a great start and the game was over before we knew it.

“So we used that as part of our motivation for this season and thankfully it paid off. There was nothing really between the two sides and there was no more than a kick of a ball between us at the end.

“The last few minutes were really nerve-wracking as they are a great side and have done so much to raise the standard of ladies football in Cork so you are always fearful of them.

“But we hung in there at the end and we can celebrate a great day for the division now. We will enjoy being champions but I know already there is a determination to drive this on and hopefully be in contention again in the coming season.

“That's for another day and the big pity was our supporters couldn't be here today to enjoy the game and see us win. I have no doubt they are all probably going mad at home celebrating.

“To be county champions is something you dream about and today our dreams came through,” concluded Áine.

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