Loreto hold off late St Mary’s Midleton fightback

Loreto hold off late St Mary’s Midleton fightback
Ali Smith of St Mary`s Midleton is tackled by Brid McMaugh of Loreto Clonmel, during the Lidl Munster PPS Ladies Senior A football final at Mallow.Picture: David Keane.XXjob Exam Sport26.02.2020

Loreto Clonmel
(Tipperary) 3-4

St Mary’s HS Midleton 1-7

ST MARY’S HS had to give way to Loreto of Clonmel in the Lidl Munster Ladies football PPS senior A final at Mallow yesterday, the Tipperary school securing their third title on the trot.

Loreto laid the groundwork for the victory in a wind- assisted opening half after which they led by seven points.

St Mary’s staged a tremendous fightback in the closing 10 minutes when they kicked 1-3, this despite being reduced to 14 players after Áine O’Driscoll was sent to the sin bin.

Loreto showed their intent from the off when Keri Tarleton was fouled in the fourth minute and Loreto’s top player, Kellyann Hogan, slotted home the resultant penalty.

After the first quarter, they had increased their advantage to 2-2 to 0-1 when Avril Geoghegan netted in the 13th minute.

Scores were harder to come by at the other end, Kaitlin Smith opening St Mary’s account after six minutes.

Kaitlin Smith of St Mary`s Midleton and Kellyann Hogan of Loreto Clonmel, tussle for the ball during the Lidl Munster PPS Ladies Senior A football final at Mallow.Picture: David Keane.XXjob Exam Sport26.02.2020
Kaitlin Smith of St Mary`s Midleton and Kellyann Hogan of Loreto Clonmel, tussle for the ball during the Lidl Munster PPS Ladies Senior A football final at Mallow.Picture: David Keane.XXjob Exam Sport26.02.2020

Sadhbh Beausang sent over a free, but a similar score from Hogan left the half-time score, 2-3 to 0-2.

Beausang and Mary Leahy cut the gap after the break, but Loreto’s third goal from Geoghegan, after Hogan’s effort from a penalty came off the post, put them nine ahead.

However, St Mary’s never gave up and a flurry of late scores made for an exciting finish.

Leahy registered the goal after a brilliant run through the centre which was matched by an equally superb finish and there were points from Ali Smith, Leahy, and Aoife Healy.

Scorers for Loreto: K Hogan (1-4, 1-0 pen, 0-4 frees), A Geoghegan (2-0).

Scorers for St Mary’s HS: M Leahy (1-2), S Beausang (0-2, 0-1 free), K Smith, A Smith and A Healy (0-1 each).

LORETO: A Morrissey (Fethard); A O’Meara (Ballymacarbry), S Hallinan (do, Capt), G Nugent (do); N Martin (Slievenamon), B McMaugh (Ballymacarbry), V Van der Wal (Clonmel Commercials); K Hogan (Ballymacarbry), O Winston (Clonmel Commercials); B Valuntaite (Ballymacarbry), A Geoghegan (Slievenamon), E Quirke (Ballymacarbry); C Mulcahy (Clerihan), K Tarleton (Ballymacarbry), C Ryan (Ballymacabry).

Subs: C Corbett (Clonmel Commercials) for K Tarleton (58), A Morris (Clonmel Commercials) for C Mulcahy (62), N Martin (Slievenamon) for C Ryan (63).

ST MARY’S HS: B Wall (Aghada, joint-capt); E Murphy (Lisgoold), S McAllister (Aghada), L Wallace (Midleton, joint-capt), R Keane (Cloyne), D Kiniry (Lisgoold), A O’Driscoll (Inch Rovers); C Walsh (Aghada), K Smith (do); A Smith (Midleton) M Leahy (Aghada), A Healy (do); L McAllister (do), S Beausang (Midleton), R Leahy (Aghada).

Subs: G Rooney (Inch Rovers) for R Keane (half time), A Hallahan (Lisgoold) for S Beausang (38), A McCarthy (Midleton) for L McAllister (56).

Referee: Eamonn Moran (Kerry).

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