Glencar/Manorhamilton's joint captains Aisling Faulkner and Aoife Gilmartin pictured with the Cup.
Glencar/Manorhamilton were already regarded as the rising force in Leitrim Ladies football but they confirmed it last Sunday when they completed a clean sweep of county titles last Sunday when they lifted the U16 Championship 15-a-side title.
GLENCAR/MANORHAMILTON 6-13 ST. MARY’S KILTOGHERT 1-7
Not only was Sunday’s victory over St. Mary’s Kiltoghert a third U16 title on the trot but Glencar/Manorhamilton completed the clean sweep of underage 15-a-side titles in Leitrim to go with the U12, U14 & Minor crowns.
Add to that the Division 2 & 3 League titles and a Junior Championship at adult level as well as an All-Ireland Feile title for the north Leitrim women and we could soon be seeing an era of dominance for Glencar/Manorhamilton in the Ladies game in Leitrim.
Both teams can be proud of the standard of football they produced with some excellent teamwork and passages of play throughout the contest and a number of exceptional individual performances on both sides. The future certainly looks bright for ladies football in Leitrim.
A large crowd was treated to a sporting game with St. Mary’s setting the early pace when Hannah Farrell grabbed a goal. But Glencar/Manorhamilton hit back with a goal from Leitrim Sport Star Junior Star nominee Muireann Devaney followed by goals from Leah Fox and Dervla McManus.
That put Glencar/Manorhamilton in control and as the first half progressed, the Manor girls started to pull away with points from Irish Ladies boxing champion Dearbhla Rooney and Emma McLaughlin to leave them 3-8 to 1-2 in front at half time.
The north Leitrim girls started the second half as they finished the first with fine scores from Leah Fox, Muireann Devaney, Teresa Rooney and Aoife Gilmartin.
The goals kept coming too with further three-pointers from Muireann Devaney and Leah Fox, who completed her hat-trick, followed by points from Chloe Foley and Emma McLaughlin to ensure an easy win for Glencar/Manorhamilton.
Glencar/Manorhamilton’s joint captains Aisling Faulkner and Aoife Gilmartin accepted the trophy on behalf of their team mates from Maeve Quinn, Leitrim Ladies County Board.
Scorers: Leah Fox 3-3, Muireann Devaney 2-3, Dervla McManus 1-1, Emma McLaughlin 0-2, Aoife Gilmartin, Dearbhla Rooney, Chloe Foley & Teresa Rooney 0-1 each
Team: Alva Sheridan, Shannon McGloin, Hannah Johnson, Tara McLaughlin, Aisling Faulkner, Shauna Laughlin, Aoife Gilmartin, Dearbhla Rooney, Leah Fox, Muireann Devaney, Emma McLaughlin, Teresa Rooney, Dervla McManus, Marcella Fee. Subs: Chloe Foley for Fee, Meagan McDermott for McGloin, Elaine McManus for Fox, Brennagh Harte for D. Rooney, Hannah Gallagher for T. Rooney, Katie McManus.
St Mary’s Kiltoghert
Scorers: Hannah Farrell 1-5, Kasey Bruen & Blaithin Smyth 0-1 each
Team: Caroline Guckian, Enya Guckian, Jasmine Maye, Jodie O’Boyle, Caoimhe McCrann, Hannah Reynolds, Emma O’Connell, Sara Crowe, Kasey Bruen, Blaithin Smyth, Hannah Farrell, Hannah Bird, Aoife Stenson, Aisling Leahy, Sarah Reynolds, Isabelle Chandler, Gemma Guckian, Roisin Reynolds.