An experienced Annaduff team proved far too strong for a young St. Joseph’s second string as they stormed to the Leitrim Ladies Junior A Championship crown last Sunday in Cloone.
Back-boned by County star Sarah McManus, former Leitrim Ladies legend Ann Marie Cox and former county player Evie Guckian, Annaduff had just too much strength and experience for the Aughavas & Carrigallen combination.
Annaduff set out their business with Joanna Duignan goaling in the opening minutes of the game
Carmel McGovern, who was excellent for St Joseph’s, fought hard all afternoon but with Annaduff’s experienced back line featuring Sarah McManus and Rachel O’Connor playing a massive part, St. Joseph’s were unable to make any real headway in the first half and were held scoreless.
With Ann Marie Cox, Duignan and Claire Gill getting on the scoresheet, Annaduff led 2-5 to 0-0 at the break with St. Joseph’s finally getting their first score of the game when Eimear Masterson pointed in the opening minutes of the second half.
Aisling Gill, who was a member of this year’s County U-14 panel, scored a great goal for Annaduff although Annaduff keeper Avril Cox had to be alert to deny St. Joseph’s and Bronagh O’Rourke, another member of the County underage set-up, a couple of goals.
Evie Guckian, who was awarded the Frank Healy Tyres (Ballyfaron) Player of the Game award, was outstanding for Annaduff, playing from centre-forward and she played a crucial role in many of Annaduff’s scores, even finding the back of the net herself in the second half.
In the second half, Claire and Aisling Gill, Ann Marie Cox, Evie Guckian, Joanna Duignan and Sarah McManus all put their names on the scoreboard while Masteron, Bronagh O’Rourke and Carmel McGovern all scoring points for St. Joseph’s.
Indeed, McGovern was unlucky as she was denied a goal by a fine save from Avril Cox.
Avril Cox, Rachel O’Connor, Mairead McHugh, Catherine Keville, Mairead Cox, Sarah McManus, Orla Beirne, Maeve Rowley, Joanna Duignan, Sinead Reynolds, Evie Guckian, Clare Gill (Captain), Lorraine Cox, Ann Marie Cox, Aisling Gill. Subs: Ciara Duignan, Rebecca Duignan and Vivenne Egan.
Rachel Bohan, Lisa McDermott, Shannon O’Rourke, Naimh Maguire, Kelly O’Rourke, Elaine McGovern, Sealin O’Rourke, Yvnne Brady, Phillippa Maguire, Carmel McGovern, Ciara Maguire, Lorraine Maguire, Eimear Masterson, Bronagh O’Rourke and Lorraine Heslin. Subs: Aoife O’Malley and Niamh Masterson.