Ladies Final a day for unsung heroes

Kiltubrid's Emma Guckian holds off Aughawillan's Caoimhe Gaffney.
There were stars aplenty on both teams last Sunday but in a game where the top players tended to negate each other, it was the unsung heroes who came up trumps for both teams.

There were stars aplenty on both teams last Sunday but in a game where the top players tended to negate each other, it was the unsung heroes who came up trumps for both teams.

Siobhan Kelly was a real handful for the Aughawillan defence with her pace and movement leading to three points and she was a great outlet for a team that dropped a lot of players deep.

In defence, the full-back line of Jenny Gill, Sinead Ni Thiarnain and Claire Kelly were simply outstanding as they gave Aughawillan’s young and mobile full-forward line a very tough time, never allowing them the sort of room they needed to make an impact.

Emma Guckian was another player in line for a Player of the Match award, if there was one to be awarded as, for the second week in a row, a major Ladies Final went without one. Guckian was well watched but made decisive contributions.

For Aughawillan, Sarah Quinn, Catherine Holohan and Sinead Quinn stood out in attack while Grainne McGlade was immense in driving her team forward.

Upfront, it didn’t really happen for Aileen Maguire, Carla Le Guen & Mary McKeon but they never stopped trying and their determination made sure Kiltubrid could never relax.