Valleymount win first Senior championship
S Doyle, M Whelan, C Whelan, K Whelan, R Ellis, M Reid, L Kavanagh (0 – 1) N Ryan, O Carroll, L Gibbons, E Miley (0 – 2), N Carroll (0 – 2) J Finnegan, A McDonald, E Byrne. Subs C O’Donoghue, J Heatley, S Richardson, N Garvey, C Hennessy, J Gibbons, K Hennessy. M O’Donnell, E Kavanagh, J Miley, Z Farrington, B Kavanagh, M Kavanagh, M Nugent, M Browne, K Kavanagh, C Nugent, N Reid, L Carroll, L Brophy 1 - 2, D Greene (0 – 2), M Carroll. Subs B Geoghegan, A Mahon, A Hughes (0 – 1). ROUNDWOOD last Sunday was the place to be for any supporter who wanted to see history being made. Donard/Glen were going for their first Ladies Championship victory while Arklow were seeking a Junior title to add to the Senior crown nestling in the seaside resort at present.
However it was the Green and White of Donard/Glen who made their own slice of history when they carved out a 4 – 4 to 1 – 8 victory over a gallant Arklow side.
Donard/Glen started like trains and were 2 – 0 to 0 – 1 up in no time with goals from Claire Harney and an Arklow own goal. It looked as if Donard/Glen would run away but a Rebecca Condron goal for Arklow steadied the ship and left the score with half time approaching at 2 – 3 to 1 – 4 in favour of Donard/Glen. But just on the blow of half time Andrea Kealy netted for Donard/Glen to leave the half time score at Donard/Glen 3 – 3 to Arklow 1 – 4.
The second half started at pace and Roisin Toomey, who had only returned from Oz on Friday, ensured that no ball at midfield went uncontested and that plenty of ball was supplied to the Donard/Glen forwards. Laura Allen and Jackie Hambridge, two young girls were blossoming but despite the amount of ball the scores were hard to get as Arklows defence had tightened up and Amy Devereux , Lorraine Bracken and Mary Furlong cut out an amount of ball. Arklow were working hard and none more so than Emer Devereux and Jessica Hurley and they succeeded in reducing the deficit but a Jackie Hambridge goal for Donard/Glen rocked the seasiders and try as they might Donard/Glen were in no mood for second best and held on to record their first Championship title on a score of Donard/Glen 4 – 4 to Arklow 1 – 8. It has been a tough couple of weeks for the Donard/Glen club in losing one of their staunchest supporters, the late Jim Mills, and what a fitting memory to be bringing a first Championship across the mountains to the Donard/Glen club.