Match Reports - Munster Club Championship 2020 Finals

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Senior Club Final

Inagh Kilnamona, Clare 1-8 Drom & Inch, Tipperary 1-9

Inagh Kilnamona and Drom &Inch met in the long awaited 2020 Munster Final in a blustery Killeady on Sunday afternoon.  Unfortunately, it was not to be third time lucky for Inagh Kilnamona as they came out the losing end on a scoreline of 1-9 to 1-8.

It was level pegging at the first water break with Inagh Kilnamona's scores coming from Aoife Keane when she collected a sideline ball from Andrea O'Keeffe. O'Keeffe followed up with a point in the sixth minute and a free from Aoibhin Ryan after the hard working Keane was brought down in the twelfth. Drom &Inch scores all came from placed balls which were put over by Eimear McGrath

Drom & Inch went in front on the resumption of play.  A tackle on Fiona Lafferty in the twenty fourth minute saw Drom & Inch McGraths get a yellow while Ryan split the posts.  Drom & Inch added two more before half time to lead 0-6 to 0-4.

Drom & Inch pushed further ahead with a point in the fourth minute.  Lafferty was fouled again to give Ryan the opportunity to point from a placed ball.  Amy Keating was brought down in the square fourteen minutes in and a penalty was awarded.  Ryan, stepped up and drove the sliotar past the Drom & Inch keeper Caoimhe Bourke.  Inagh Kilnamona were ahead by one at the water break. 

Drom & Inch drew level with a free and went ahead in the fifty third minute with a point.  A free from Ryan and a point from O'Keeffe put Inagh Kilnamona back in front by one with four minutes remaining.  A free from McGrath found the back of Rebecca Keating's net with two minutes of time remaining to see Drom & Inch lead by two.  Keane battled to bring it back to one.  However, Inagh Kilnamona were unable to break down the Drom & Inch back line to find the equaliser. 

Fiona Lafferty and Aoife Keane were outstanding for Inagh Kilnamona whilst both defences impressed throughout. 

Inagh Kilnamona:  Rebecca Keating; Laoise Ryan, Sinead Quinn, Michelle Mescall; Tierna Hegarty, Clare Hehir, Cathy Cullinan; Sinead Power, Fiona Lafferty; Andrea O'Keeffe (0-2),  Aoibhinn Ryan (1-4 (1p, 4f),  Aoife Keane (0-2); Clare Commane,  Amy Keating,  Danielle Griffin 

Sub: Helen Hehir for Commane (38)

Drom & Inch: Caoimhe Bourke; Maria Connolly, Maureen Ryan, Eimear cahill; Aoife McGrath, Mairead Eviston, Niamh Treacy; Mary Burke, Niamh Long; Deirdre Dunne, Eimear McGrath (1-4 1-3F), Joanne Ryan (0-2); Micvhelle Woodlock (0-1), Anne Eviston, Miriam Campion 0-1

Subs: Siobhan McGrath (0-1) for Long (38), A Kennedy for Eviston (51)

Player of the Game: Mary Burke, Drom & Inch

Referee: Andrew Larkin, Cork

Junior Club Final

Feakle Killanena, Clare 0-9 Clanmaurice, Kerry 2-6

Feakle Killanena’s hopes of winning a Munster title ended as they lost out to Clanmaurice of Kerry, in the long awaited 2020 final played at Mallow on Saturday. Having played with the aid of the breeze in the first half they were behind by one point at half time. With both defences predominantly on top throughout the game it led to a low scoring encounter finishing with Feakle Killanena 0-9 Clanmaurice 2-6.

Lorna McNamara opened the scoring with a point from a free immediately after the throw in. Clanmaurice replied with a point from play. McNamara slotted over another free. After good passing movement Clanmaurice’s Aoife Behan despatched a good shot into the top corner of the net for Clanmaurice’s first goal. Robyn Conway replied with a point from play for Feakle Killanena. Clanmaurice battled hard and within moments had the ball in the net again. McNamara converted one more free to leave the score at the first water break Feakle Killanena 0-4 Clanmaurice 2-1.

The second quarter was a low scoring period with Feakle Killanena adding two points, one each from McNamara and Laura McGrath, to see the Clare outfit trail by the minimum, Feakle Killanena 0-6 Clanmaurice 2-1.

This trend continued into the second half with both teams just adding a point each in the first quarter.

With Feakle Killanena playing against the strong breeze and Clanmaurice winning primary possession from their puck outs, this limited the supply of ball to the Feakle Killanena forwards. The sides were level at the fifty minute mark and the next score was crucial for either team. Good pressure from Clanmaurice’s defence forced Feakle Killanena into some poor wides. The experience of having previously competed at this level stood to Clanmaurice. They converted three points without reply to run out eventual winners.

Feakle Killanena: Roisin Quilligan; Rachael Mc Namara, Eileen Daly, Meave Brady; Aoife Tuohy, Regan Conway, Ella MacNamara; Evelyn Duggan, Zi Yan Spillane; Claire McNamara, Louise Keehan, Shauna Canny; Lorna McNamara (0-6F), Robyn Conway (0-2) Laura McGrath (0-1)

Sub: Louise O Callaghan for Louise Keehan (H/T)

Clanmaurice: Aoife Fitzgerald; Elaine Ryall, Niamh Leen Michelle Costelloe; Rachel McCarthy, Sara Murphy, Aine O’Connor; Patrice Diggin, Edel Slattery; Amm Marie Leen, Aoife Behan, Laura Collins; Jessica Fitzell, Jackie Horgan, Brid Horan

Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan, Cork

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