The meteoric rise of the Dromahair ladies from Junior Championship contenders to Senior Champions was completed on Sunday last in Pairc Sean MacDiarmada as they defeated St Joseph’s to claim the senior title for the first time in their history to add to the division one title they claimed earlier in the year.
By Philip Rooney
St Joseph’s 1-12
Just two short years ago the Dromahair ladies were crowned Junior champions, beginning an incredible run that last year saw them claim their place in the senior championship after claiming the intermediate crown.
In what was a hugely entertaining contest, played at terrific pace, victory was only guaranteed for the Dromahair ladies in the closing stages of the game when goalkeeper Aine Curneen made a magnificent save to deny Michelle Heslin.
The goals scored by Erin Farrell in the opening half and Rosin Fowley in the second half were instrumental to their side’s victory but this was a day where all players were required to play to their full potential to secure the title.
Operating in a deep position Deirdre McDermott had a fine game, breaking up possession on numerous occasions and helping to launch attacks from her own half. The half-back line of Edel Fowley, Roisin Curneen and Leonie Curneen were all excellent for Dromahair while the midfield duo of Anna Conlan and Sinead Fowley were hugely influential.
St Joseph’s were not without stand performers either as Grainne O’Malley, Ciara Gray, Deirdre Moran and the Heslin sisters Michelle and Aine all performed very strongly and could count themselves unlucky to be on the losing side.
Trailing by three points deep into injury time St Joseph’s piled the pressure on the Dromahair defence and when the ball fell to Michelle Heslin the Dromahair supporters must have feared the worst. However, her fiercely struck shot flew just over the Dromahair bar and with that St Joseph’s challenge was all but over.
The dramatic manner in which the game finished was in keeping with the way the game was played. The end to end nature of the contest and the lack of fouls, in what was a very sporting encounter, made for an excellent spectacle.
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