Derbies are the life-blood of the GAA but that was taken to a new level last Saturday in Cashel for three Cavan players who play their club football with Leitrim clubs, Ailish Cornyn nicely summing up the dilemma when saying “We had to put our friendships aside for that hour, hour and a half and just play the best that we could for our respective counties.”
By John Connolly
It wasn’t easy for the Ballinaglera clubwoman or her team-mates Ciara Gray who lines out with St, Joseph’s or Aughawillan’s Grainne McGlade to take on club-mates and friends in a game with so much at stake as she added to her earlier comment “That is what we did today and we’re still friends at the end of it I hope.
“We just concentrated on ourselves, Leitrim concentrated on themselves. I know most of the Leitrim girls. My clubmates, Mairead McCawley is playing corner-back and is a great wee player. Tanya McPartland is there too, she is unfortunate that she got injured coming into the championship.
“We kept our contact to the minimum in recent weeks but we’re delighted to be in the final.”
As for the match itself, all Ailish could say was “Just relieved more than anything, it was just a battle to the very end. We knew coming in here that Leitrim were going to be a battle, they won four years ago and we knew it was going to be a battle right up to the final whistle and that is what we got.”
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.