Storming finish finally lands title for Aughnasheelin

Sometimes a good finish is better than a good start as Aughnasheelin found out last Sunday in Cloone as two goals in the last two minutes of normal time saw them claim a long awaited Cara Pharmacy Ladies Junior B Championship title against a heart-broken Dromahair.

Sometimes a good finish is better than a good start as Aughnasheelin found out last Sunday in Cloone as two goals in the last two minutes of normal time saw them claim a long awaited Cara Pharmacy Ladies Junior B Championship title against a heart-broken Dromahair.

By John Connolly

Aughnasheelin 3-15

Dromahair 3-14

Victory looked a long way off for Aughnasheelin at the start of this game as Dromahair’s second string hit three goals in the first four minutes of action, something that looked as if it would rip the heart out of the Aughnasheelin challenge.

But even as they trailed 11 points at the halftime interval and six with less than three minutes to go, Aughnasheelin never gave up and dramatic goals from Louise Gallagher and Player of the Match Siobhan Earley snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

If the heart-break was tough for Dromahair, the north Leitrim ladies will not have begrudged the victory to an Aughnasheelin team who were playing in their fourth final in a row at this grade, having lost to Drumkeerin by a point last year in a replay.

Player of the Match Siobhan Earley was at the heart of the Aughnasheelin come-back. Apart from her scores, she drove her team forward and was instrumental in winning possession and providing the momentum for Aughnasheelin’s amazing come-back.

Although she mightn’t have scored a ton, the influence of Fiona Roddy cannot be underestimated as she was involved in so many of Aughnasheelin’s scores, her strength and experience vital as they kept chasing all the way to the final whistle.

Mary McNulty, Louise Gallagher, Leanne McGrath, Amy Prior and Niamh Mulvanerty all did extremely well for Aughnasheelin.

For a heart-broken Dromahair, they were less than two minutes away from victory and they must be wondering what happened but with the increasing pressure they were under, Dromahair’s leg simply appeared to buckle in the final minutes.

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.