Mourneabbey still have their eyes on the big prizes

Mourneabbey still have their eyes on the big prizes
Mourneabbey's Bríd O'Sullivan with possession as she looks for scoring options against West Cork. Picture: Larry Cummins

SENIOR success was tasted once more by Mourneabbey this season

With victory over West Cork after a replay, this highly impressive group of footballers showed why once more they are the current queens of Ladies Football on Leeside.

One of their star performers during their county title-clinching success, the club’s fifth in a row, was Bríd O’Sullivan.

In a cracking game at Cloughduv, she was the link between defence and attack, a vital cog in the machine to keep her siding motoring.

O’Sullivan was in Rearden’s this week to collect her Player of the Match award for the display in the final.

Tara Lyng, Rearden's, presents Bríd O'Sullivan, Mourneabbey with her award. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Tara Lyng, Rearden's, presents Bríd O'Sullivan, Mourneabbey with her award. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

“It doesn’t seem like five years ago we started off all of this,” she explains about the club’s insatiable appetite for trophies. “It literally feels like it was last year.

“That is just a sign of how much of an enjoyable few years that it has been, that it has literally flown by.

“ I suppose it will be something we will look back on in a few years and say you can’t believe that was the night that happened.

“But for the moment we just have to keep going and move onto the next thing, which is the Munster final in a few weeks.

“So our focus is switched towards that now.”

There is a massively strong winning mentality in their dressing room, as they have proven over many years.

The standards set are very high indeed. It is a dressing room where second best is not enough.

“Being captain of Mourneabbey is quite an easy job,” adds O’Sullivan “It is easy when you have players that are as committed as that, you never have to be giving out to people for not coming to training or anything like that.

“The girls are unbelievable with the effort they have put in over the last five years and before that playing Junior and Intermediate with Mourneabbey.”

After drawing the initial game with West Cork, the Mourneabbey setup would have been more than determined that everything was done to ensure the required performance was delivered to secure championship glory.

Anyone that has seen them play over the years will have witnessed the drive and sheer will they have to win.

To keep coming back after the All Ireland heartbreak they have suffered is a testament to the willingness the ladies in Mourneabbey have to succeed.

“We do always say that in the Cork championship, there is no point in even looking past it or else you are going to get a shock.

“With the likes of West Cork, St Val’s and other teams in the Cork club championship, you could easily get caught out.

“At the start of every year, we say that our first job is to get out of Cork and then once we do that, it is one game at a time and see how far we can go.

“So hopefully now on Saturday we will be able to do that.” It is no wonder that these ladies are huge role models in their local community.

On the strong winning mentality that exists within the squad, O’Sullivan described:

“When you look around the dressing room, we definitely do have people who have experience of winning.

“There has definitely been a core group of players that have built the club from the ground up.

“It’s good in tough matches to be able to look around and see players with that experience around you.”

Next on the agenda for Mourneabbey is the Munster Championship, where they will seek to make it five provincial crowns in succession.

You can be sure that O’Sullivan and her Mourneabbey teammates will be going all out to secure provincial silverware once more.

If that hurdle is overcome, then their attention can start turning towards the All Ireland. They have well and truly knocked on that door over the past number of years.

Knowing this Mourneabbey group, it is most certainly not beyond them to finally get their hands on a national title they’ve come oh so close to getting their hands on.

The mental strength they have is exceptional and chances are high they will not give up until they get their hands on that elusive All-Ireland crown.

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