WHEN you have a number of inter-county players in your side and the pressure is on then you need them to stand up and be counted.
That’s exactly what happened for Mourneabbey in their Munster senior ladies football championship final clash with Ballymacarbry at Bansha on Sunday.
This was the third year in-a-row these sides have met in this final and the Cork side ensured they remained on course to retain their All-Ireland title.
It was the sixth Munster title in-a-row for Mourneabbey and instilled in them is a never panic attitude, no matter what the score or time in the game.
This was shown again on Sunday, just like last year when they were five points down to come back to win. This time it was three and when the needs must, up stepped the likes of Doireann O’Sullivan, Noelle Healy, Laura Fitzgerald and in particular Ciara O’Sullivan.
With 14 minutes to go they were three down, but Doireann hit three-in-a-row to level it, Healy put them in front and Ciara rounded off the scoring to secure the win. She also got two vital goals in the first half to end with a tally of 2-6 and it was somewhat of a surprise she didn’t win the Player of the Game award.
That went to Aileen Wall of Ballymacarbry, who was outstanding, scoring 1-2, but many would have felt Ciara was as deserving if not more deserving a winner."
Afterwards she was delighted with the win, saying it was a real battle.
“That was some battle out there, but we knew it would be as it was the same last year when we were five points down with 15 minutes to go. So we knew it was going to be the same this year and if we got out of it with a point win we would be delighted with that.
“I suppose I wouldn’t be known for scoring, but to be fair others did the hard work for the goals, I just tapped them in.
“But it doesn’t matter who scores as we have plenty of good forwards all capable of scoring and once they are going over we are happy,” she said.
“I think the experience we have now in the side from five or six years ago is a big factor for us.
“If that was a few years ago we might have panicked if we went a goal or so down, but we don’t now.
“We knew there was time on the clock when we went three down and tipped over a few points and we have gained that from the experience of the last five or six years.
“But we will enjoy the next few days and then get back to training for the All-Ireland semi-final,” concluded Ciara.