A GOAL in the ninth minute put Donoughmore on their way to victory in their Munster Junior ladies football final on Saturday at Mallow GAA complex.
It was the first in a double-header, with the intermediate final on afterward and Inch made sure it was a good day for Cork as they won that title.
Donoughmore have several outstanding players, with Rena Buckley, the pick of them in recent times.
The experienced midfielder helped guide her side to a 1-12 to 0-8 victory but this time it was another Buckley, Aileen, that was the star of the show.
No relation to Rena she scored 1-6 for their tally of 1-12 and on this display is going to take a bit of stopping as they go forward to meet the Leinster champions in the All-Ireland semi-final.
It should be someday at their club, as they have home advantage, with the game currently scheduled for Sunday, November 10.
Aileen was delighted with the win and her Player of the Game award but was quick to praise her team-mates.
“Yeah it was great to win that award, but it was a tough game and a right battle from start to finish. The scoreboard doesn’t really reflect just how tough it was and it was tit-for-tat for a long time.
“They fought right to the end and it was great to get the award but it was a team effort out there and everybody played their part in our win,” concluded Aileen.
Team manager, Donal Dineen, was full of pride for all his squad, not just for this win but for their efforts throughout the season.
“Relieved to get over the line, it was a tough game and the girls worked really hard all through. They have done that all year for us so we are delighted to have won.
“They are a very good team and their work-rate was impressive so we had to match that to have any chance of winning. We have a balanced team overall and Aileen is a good target person up front. She’s brilliant to win the ball and put it away
“But it was a team effort and they all played their part and I’m sure they will celebrate this one for a few days.
“We know we have an All-Ireland semi-final and we will get back down to it and prepare for that, but first they deserve to celebrate this one,” concluded Donal.