Mourneabbey begin the countdown to another All-Ireland club final

Mourneabbey begin the countdown to another All-Ireland club final
Ciara O'Sullivan of Mourneabbey battles Hazel Kingham of Donaghmoyne. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

MOURNEABBEY captain Bríd O’Sullivan can’t wait to lead her club into another All-Ireland senior final.

The reigning club queens of ladies football had a very tough test against Donaghmoyne last weekend, but inspirational centre-forward helped guide her side to the showpiece.

A tough opening half that saw the Munster champions struggle on home turf against one of the most successful clubs in ladies football history.

O’Sullivan was obviously delighted with the win, especially after such a sloppy spell in the semi-final.

“I suppose you can’t really ask for much better than that. If you had asked me what I thought at half-time I thought we were very disappointed with our first-half performance so after that I am just so delighted to have got over the line and be back into an All-Ireland final.”

O’Sullivan is an integral part in the attacking third of this championship-winning team so she is well played to see just what talent is around her and the current captain is full of praise and respect for those forwards around her.

“We have outstanding forwards, but they put an awful lot of pressure on us in the forward line. We really just weren’t taking our scores in the first half and we were probably getting a little frustrated there.

“In the second half we just didn’t panic and we knew that we would be able to get the scores when it mattered and fair play to the forwards they got 10 points — they were absolutely outstanding.”

Bríd O'Sullivan of Mourneabbey in action against Niamh Callan of Donaghmoyne. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Bríd O'Sullivan of Mourneabbey in action against Niamh Callan of Donaghmoyne. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

The others that took to the field also impressed O’Sullivan who was also quick to point out the contribution of those that didn’t start the game.

“I think that this team has a lot of experience and a lot of the girls have been on the road for a long time, but we also had lots of new girls there too with the likes of Ellie Jack, Anna Ryan, and Aisling Cronin all coming in from minor level and I thought they all did really well. The all came in, stood up and really drove us over the line and it is great to see that.

“Last year we had a different experience on All-Ireland final day and we know what that winning feeling is like. We know what it takes now to get over the line so hopefully now we can recover for a few days after this and start preparing in the way we know how for the final.”

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