Tesco Ladies Football All Ireland Junior Club Final – Clonakilty (Cork) v Drumcliffe Rosses Point (Sligo)

Clonakilty (Cork) defeated Drumcliffe Rosses Point (Sligo) by 4-12 to 0-1 in the Tesco Ladies Football All Ireland Junior Club Final on Sunday in Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow.

Match Report

Clonakilty became the fifth Cork team to claim the Tesco All-Ireland ladies junior club football title as they crushed Sligo opponents Drumcliffe by 4-12 to 0-1 at Dr. Cullen Park in Carlow on Sunday. All six of Clonakilty’s forwards were on target during a one-sided encounter as Drumcliffe were restricted to just a solitary first half point, scored by Nicole Fowley. Clonakilty had the game wrapped up by half-time, leading by 2-6 to 0-1 as two goals in a five-minute spell gave them real breathing space.

There was no score at all in the game from the fifth minute until Aoife Deasy scored the first of her two goals in the 25th minute with a soccer-style effort that crept into the net. Four minutes later, Erica Jennings found the direct from a free as Clonakilty established an eleven-point half-time lead. Clonakilty, who had a player of the match performance from Beulah McManus, tacked on another 2-6 in the second half as Deasy grabbed her second goal 17 minutes after the restart before Mary O’Donovan added the fourth goal a minute later.

Tesco Ladies All-Ireland Junior club football final details:

Scorers for Clonakilty: A Deasy 2-0, E Jennings 1-4, Marie O’Donovan 1-1, Mary O’Donovan 0-4, S Whelton, C O’Leary & J Brennan 0-1 each.

Scorer for Drumcliffe: N Fowley 0-1

Match Preview

The Tesco Junior All Ireland Club final sees Clonakilty of Cork take on Drumcliffe/Rosses Point of Sligo. This is a first appearance in an All Ireland club final for both clubs and Drumcliffe/Rosses Point could become the first club from Connacht to win the junior title. Clonakilty powered past Corduff of Monaghan to reach the final while Drumcliff/Rosses Point eked out a one point victory over St James of Wexford to secure their spot in the final. The Tesco Junior All Ireland final will take place in Ferbane GAA Club in County Offaly at 1pm on Sunday 29th November.

Pat Quill, President of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, was in GAA Headquarters to wish the players luck. “The club scene is the foundation of our game. It cements our communities and is an integral part of our local identity. The chance to win an All Ireland Club medal does not come around very often and all the players competing this weekend should treasure the experience of playing in a final in front of their family, friends and neighbours. I would also like to pay tribute to our club competition sponsors Tesco who have come on board this year and will play an important role in developing the club game over the next three years. I have no doubt they will be a huge asset to the club competitions and to Ladies Football alike.” Kenny Jacobs, Marketing Director, Tesco Ireland, commented, “We are delighted to be the new sponsors of the Club Championships. I would like to congratulate all four teams in reaching the finals and I would like to wish everyone involved the very best of luck next Sunday.”