In one of the strangest ever qualifications for a County Final, Mohill have reached the Leitrim Ladies Senior Championship decider by virtue of the fact that they scored more points than Kiltubrid in their 1-10 to 2-7 draw last Sunday.
The defeat of defending champions Dromahair at the hands of St. Joseph’s, gaining revenge for their defeat last year, was over-shadowed by the remarkable turn of events that saw Mohill qualify for the final thanks to the ten points they registered in the draw against Kiltubrid.
Under a Leitrim bye-law introduced in 2011, clubs agreed that if teams were level on points at the end of group stage, the result from the head to head game would decide the matter and, in the event of a draw in that game, the team who scored the most points would advance.
To add to the drama, clubs agreed earlier in the year that there would be no semi-finals in the Senior championship due to time constraints, ensuring a rather unusual path to the final for a Mohill team who recovered from a three point halftime deficit to almost seal the win outright.
Trailing 1-3 to 0-3 at the break after Aine Tighe’s first half goal gave Kiltubrid the advantage, Mohill hit back with points from Deirdre Ward and Caoimhe McGuinness before Lorna McDermott grabbed a goal.
Kiltubrid hit back with 1-2 but needed Sinead Meehan to prevent a Mohill goal chance when the sides were level. Mohill’s Kiara Keegan edged her team in front with three points from play but late points from Niamh & Aine Tighe ensured a draw that just wasn’t enough for Kiltubrid on the day.
In the other semi-final, St. Joseph’s returned to the final after a 3-9 to 0-9 victory over defending champions Dromahair. Inspired by Clare Owens and Deirdre Moran, St. Joseph’s took command after Michelle Heslin goaled in the first half.
Sinead and Mairead Fowley battled hard for Dromahair but St. Joseph’s held a 1-5 to 0-5 halftime lead but when Deirdre Moran goaled in the opening minutes of the second half, the writing was on the wall for the champions.
Michelle Heslin & Catherine Dolan swapped points with Erin Farrell & Roisin Fowley but a third St. Joseph’s goal ensured victory for the Aughavas & Carrigallen combination.
In the Intermediate Semi-Final, St. Francis reached their first ever adult final when they proved too strong for Cloone, now operating at Intermediate level, on a score-line of 2-12 to 2-5. The newly formed amalgamation of Ballinaglera and Allen Gaels now face Bornacoola in the final after they beat Sean O’Heslin’s in the other semi-final, 5-8 to 5-5.
Cloone’s Patricia Forde and Lisa Reynolds impressed for a team decimated by player losses but it was St Francis who stole the show in Ballinamore on Sunday as Cavan County star Ailish Cornyn dominated midfield. With Ceara McPartlan and Maeve Daly causing problems and Denise Sorohan scoring a fine goal in the second half, St. Frances were always in control despite a goal from Lisa Reynolds.
Leitrim Ladies Board would like to thank both Ballinamore and Drumshanbo for the use of there fine pitches.