WEST Cork senior football star Fiona Keating played a key role in helping them reach the Cork senior ladies football championship final for the third successive year against Mourneabbey.
The Courcey Rovers forward scored an amazing five goals in her sides comprehensive win against Aghada, on a scoreline of 9-15 to 1-9, following their semi-final tie played in Cloughduv.
“I must brush up on my attempts at kicking points. I was a bit rusty. It was a great win. The whole team played very well on the night. We got great service.
"We had trained well in the lead up to the game. We have a very strong squad, with lots of players pushing hard to make the starting 15. The competition for places drives us all on,” revealed the talented corner-forward.
West Cork produced a brilliant display. They were clinical on the night. They oozed quality in every sector of the field. They possess a very strong team, littered with inter-county players.
“There are all a great bunch of girls. They are all so talented. We have a very strong management team in Brian, James, Michelle and Anne. I would have played with quite a few players at underage level for Cork and it is great to link up with them once again for West Cork.
"It is great to represent my club also on the highest stage.”
West Cork now proceed to a final showdown against reigning county champions Mourneabbey who brushed aside the challenge of Éire Óg with ease in the other semi-final.
“We have huge respect for them. They are worthy champions. They are a great team.
"They have so much quality and experience. We will have to prepare well and be ready to take the fight to them. We have lost the last two finals to them.
"Hopefully it will be third time lucky for us. We are building nicely. We have enjoyed a good season so far.
"Both teams have quality players. It should be a great final.”
West Cork possess a nice mix of youth and experience. Cork senior inter-county stars Martina O’Brien and Aine Terry O’Sullivan provide great leadership and drive.
“I really look up to them. They are so experienced. They are great players. They are crucial players for us.
"Martina is so solid in goal. She is a great talker. She is so organised.
"Aine has great leadership skills. She is great at linking up with the other forwards. I have learnt a lot from them.”