King denies Shane’s the Glory

December 5, 2016

All-Ireland intermediate final Shane O’Neill’s 3-5  Annaghdown (Galway) 1-13

A stirring second half fightback from Annaghmore saw them overturn a 4 point interval deficit 2-3 to 0-5 to deny Shane O’Neill’s All-Ireland Intermediate glory at Parnell Park on a 1-13 to 3-5 scoreline.

Whilst full forward Rachel King was the toast of Galway with 1-4 the Camlough girls will rue not going into the break further ahead having accumulated a total of 9 wides whilst dominating possession in that first half. Shane’s totalled 14 wides for the game in comparison to 5 for their more economical opponents.

It was the Galway girls who settled the quicker with King and veteran All-Ireland winner with Galway Niamh Burke grabbing the opening two points. An Aimee Mackin free opened the Shane’s account and she then followed up with a low shot to the corner of the net to give her side a 1-1 to 0-2 lead.

Midfielder Nicola Burke and King restored parity before Aimee following good work by Aoife McCoy pointed Shanes back in front. Aimee then bagged her second goal after both sides had spurned scoring chances. Corner back Kirsty Murphy stretched the Shane’s lead with a point but a Duggan free, their first score since the tenth minute, pulled one back for the Westeners just before the short whistle, to leave Shane’s looking good at the break 4 points up.

Annaghdown began the second half with purpose as Burke and King points halved the deficit. Shane’s were dealt a telling blow when Shauna Gray was sin binned and Annaghdown made their numerical advantage count. Grainne Barrett pointed followed by a levelling score from half-time substitute Ciara McCarthy. Aimee Mackin regained the lead for Shane’s with a much needed point but their joy was short-lived as Galway’s Captain Duggan lofted over a long range point to make it 2-4 to 0-10. It was full forward King who tormented the Shane’s defence throughout that notched the killer scores inside a couple of minutes. She rattled the Shane’s net and followed up with a point to take her personal tally to 1-4 from play. An isolated Aimee Mackin was fighting a lone battle but fashioned a terrific point to leave a green flag between the sides. Annaghdown were not to be denied as Duggan and Barrett added points as they led by 5 with 6 minutes to go. Shane’s kept battling but their third goal from Blaithin Mackin kept their fast fading hopes of glory still alive. As gallant as they were Shane’s could not manage another goal to deny their Galway opponents a maiden All-Ireland title.

SHANE O’NEILL’S: K. Daly; K. Murphy, E. Kenny, C. McMenamin; H. McMenamin, L. Kenny, C. Sloan; S. Grey, B. Mackin; A. McCoy, M. Feehan, E. Hannaway; A. Jones, A. Mackin, C. Garvey.

Subs: J. Watters for Murphy (41), S. McDonnell for Hannaway (42).

ANNAGHDOWN: M.K. Killilea; J Burke, B Quinn, F Wynne; Chelsie Crowe, Chloe Crowe, T Keane; E Coyle, N Burke; N Duggan, G Barrett, A Scully; N Comer, R King, E Keane.

Subs: C McCarthy for Keane (h.t.), K Forde for Comer (44), R Naughton for Scully (54).

Referee: S McNulty (Wicklow)