’Abbey eye an elusive senior title
MOURNEABBEY may have reached their fourth All-ireland Ladies Senior Club Football Final in the last five years but according to Eimear Meaney, they have yet to show their full talents on the big stage.
Rightly regarded as one of the country’s top club teams, it is perhaps a blot on their record to have five Cork titles, five Munster wins and no All-ireland glory, but against Foxrockcabinteely this evening (5.15pm) at Parnell Park, the Cork girls are determined to amend that statistic.
After an extra-time win over today’s opponents in last season’s semi-final, Mourneabbey misfired badly in the final against Carnacon.
Meaney, a 2018 TG4
All Star nominee, says they are determined to at least play to their potential today.
“Obviously you don’t forget how disappointing those finals were but, to be honest, some of them are a bit of a blur. The matches passed us by,” says 21-year-old Meaney, who will wear the No. 2 shirt.
“In every final and semi-final we lost we definitely had the ability to win those games and that’s something that is very hard to accept.
“If we go out and perform to the best of our ability on Saturday then we can only hold our hands up and congratulate them.
“Whereas if you go out and don’t perform to the best of your ability you’re kicking yourself for the next 12 months until you get back there.
“If a habit repeats itself it’s very difficult. You can’t pin it down to any specific moment in any match, there’s too much happening.
“All I can say is I don’t think we every performed to our best in any final yet and that’s what we’re hoping for.”
DETERMINED Eimear Meaney of Mourneabbey