The girls fought un­til the end

Irish Examiner - County - - Sport - Daire Walsh

AF­TER see­ing his side fall­ing to a third All-Ire­land de­feat in four sea­sons, Mourne­abbey man­ager, Shane Ron­ayne, said he was heart­bro­ken for his play­ers. The Cork and Mun­ster cham­pi­ons fought back from an eight-point deficit, and even though they were ul­ti­mately sec­ond-best to Mayo’s Car­na­con, Ron­ayne was proud. “We missed a lot of chances in the first-half that prob­a­bly proved vi­tal in the end. There was a bit of pres­sure on us, then the start of the sec­ond-half, and we kind of pushed for­ward a bit to try to get back to three points and Car­na­con kicked on. They went, I think it was seven or eight up, but I just have to com­mend my own crowd. They kept go­ing and kept go­ing.

“It’s so dis­ap­point­ing. I’m just heart­bro­ken for the girls. They’ve put so much ef­fort into this, and they just can’t get over the line. I’m very, very proud of them and they kept fight­ing un­til the fi­nal whis­tle.”

While Mourne­abbey are still search­ing for the holy grail of a se­nior ti­tle, Car­na­con have now se­cured six Al­lIre­lands. A num­ber of their play­ers — in­clud­ing skip­per, Cora Staunton — have been around for the ma­jor­ity of these wins. “Hats off to them, they’re some side. There’s a fair amount of them on the other side of 30, and to be able to do that still. They’re a sea­soned out­fit, and fair play to them. They’ve six All-Ire­lands won now, and prob­a­bly just about de­served it on the day.”

Mourne­abbey have shown re­mark­able re­silience to bounce from pre­vi­ous All-Ire­land fi­nal losses. Ron­ayne is un­cer­tain what the fu­ture holds for him, but has no doubt that the squad will re­main united into 2018.

“It’s a long road back to this time next year, and that’s where we want to be. It’s too early to be say­ing what’s go­ing to hap­pen with dif­fer­ent peo­ple, and the man­age­ment, and things like that.

“The com­mu­nity of Mourne­abbey is in­cred­i­ble, the sup­port we get. They’re all heart­bro­ken, and we’re heart­bro­ken for them, as well. We’ll dust our­selves down. We’ll stick to­gether, and we’ll have a look and see what we do next year,” Ron­ayne added.

Car­na­con’s Emma Cos­grave and Mourne­abbey’s Roisin O’Sul­li­van.

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