High five for relieved Mourneabbey after holding off West Cork in the replay

High five for relieved Mourneabbey after holding off West Cork in the replay
Mourneabbey captained by number Bríd O'Sullivan, celebrate with the cup after their win. Picture: Larry Cummins

RELIEF was the resounding feeling for Mourneabbey defender Eimear Meaney after beating West Cork in the replay of the senior ladies football county final.

“We are absolutely delighted to get over the line. 

"It’s a relief after coming into a replay, we were very nervous coming into today. 

"They really put it up to us the last day, I think we knew what we were up against and so we knew we had to go in all guns blazing.

“The first half didn’t really go our way, we were very sloppy, and so we knew that if we were going to put in that performance again in the second half we weren’t going to come out with a result. 

"So I think we just drove on in the second half and thankfully we got over the line.” 

After last week’s drawn encounter with West Cork, the Mourneabbey camp were heavily self-critical of their performance, but Meaney feels it was just the catalyst they need to ensure a fifth county title in a row.

“Preparing for the game last week, maybe we were a bit complacent, we weren’t up for it, we didn’t have that hunger that we needed to win a county final. 

"This week was completely different, I think in the first half we did have that hunger and we weren’t complacent but we were just sloppy, maybe a bit of nervousness was creeping into it, we knew what we were up against, we were probably just a bit nervous that way.

“I think ultimately we were just a lot hungrier today, we were down for the dirty ball, we were winning the 50-50 ball and you could see we wanted to be out there today, whereas last week we weren’t fighting for it like we should have been.”

Mourneabbey will compete in the Munster championship final in two weeks’ time. 

The Clyda side have won the last four Munster finals and will be strong favourites heading into the decider against Waterford champions Ballymac.

“We will be driving on from here, Cork is such a competitive championship, it’s really tough to get out of the county but obviously as West Cork are a divisional side, the Munster final has been in the back of our heads since we beat St Val's in the semis so we will be driving on now. 

"Munster is a very competitive province to get out of, so we will be fighting hard now to make it out of Munster and go for that All-Ireland.”

Ciara O'Sullivan, Mourneabbey, gets away from Laura O'Mahony.
Ciara O'Sullivan, Mourneabbey, gets away from Laura O'Mahony.

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