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2nd, Dec, 2012
Heartache for Boherbue as Thomas Davis win Tesco Homegrown All Ireland Junior Final
Boherbue 0-7 Thomas Davis 1-12
Boherbue made the trip to Birr Co. Offaly on Saturday for a clash with Dublin and Leinster Champions Thomas Davis in the Tesco Homegrown Junior All Ireland Club Final. Unfortunately on this occasion Boherbue’s date with All Ireland Club Final destiny ended in disappointment despite a very brave challenge against a stronger Thomas Davis team on the day.
The opening exchanges in the game which was played in November sunshine on a beautifully maintained Birr pitch were even enough with both sides exchanging a number of wides before Boherbue’s Julie Dennehy opened the scoring with a pointed free. Boherbue continued to press and were unlucky not to extend their lead to four points when a Gillian Daly effort was saved well by Davis keeper Louise Curran.
Thomas Davis opened their account with a pointed free from corner forward Kate Fitzsimons and quickly followed up with a Miriam Liston point to take the lead. As the half progressed Thomas Davis began to get a foothold on the game with their half backline and midfield beginning dominate possession. With their forwards now enjoying a better supply of ball the Thomas Davis forward line began to show the threat they possessed with their lively inside forward line asking serious questions of the Boherbue defence. The decisive score of the first half came around the twentieth minute when centre forward Sinead Deegan stepped up to convert a penalty to open up a four point lead for the Dublin girls.
Boherbue battled hard but their forwards were struggling to breach a tight marking Thomas Davis defence. A fine point from midfielder Olwen Carey extended the Thomas Davis lead to five points. Two late points from Kate Fitzsimons and Ciara McGuigan completed the scoring in the first half with the Dublin girls leading by seven points on a score of 1-5 to 0-1.
Boherbue faced into the second half with a major uphill battle on their hands to turn this game around and once again they dug deep and called on the huge reserves of character and spirit which they displayed all season. Louise Dineen was introduced a midfield for Noirin Murphy as Boherbue took the challenge to their opponents from the off however it was the Dublin girls who scored first with a fine score from centre forward Sinead Deegan. With Beatrice Casey moving from wing back to the centre berth the Boherbue defence started to cut out the supply of ball to the dangerous inside line of the Thomas Davis attack and now launched more attacks of their own. Hopes of a Boherbue revival were raised when they enjoyed their best period of the match outscoring their opponents by 5 points to 1 with Julie Dennehy scoring a great point from play and 3 from frees with forward Gillian Daly adding another from play in answer to a Ciara McGuigan point for Thomas Davis. With the score now at 1-7 to 0-6 the contest was firmly in the melting pot however the Dublin girls rose to the challenge and two pointed frees from Fitzsimons and McGuigan stretched the lead back out to six with the clock now favouring the Dublin girls. Another point from McGuigan extended the lead to seven before Gillian Daly scored a fine point from play as Boherbue refused to yield.
With the game slipping from their grasp and needing a goal to rescue the situation Boherbue come agonisingly close to reigniting their challenge as a Julie Dennehy free from distance hit the underside of the crossbar and was cleared by the Thomas Davis defence. Catriona Casey replaced Marika Cottrell as Boherbue make a last ditch effort to rescue their title chances
Two late points from Kate Fitsimons seal the victory for Thomas Davis who ran out worthy winners on the day by 1-12 to 0-7.
Well done to the Boherbue team and their management who were very brave on the day against a strong Thomas Davis side. The Club had a fantastic season winning a County League and Championship Double as well as a Munster Championship and represented Cork with distinction in the All Ireland Championship.
Marie Murphy, Evie Casey, Christine Casey, Siobhan Browne (Captain), Orlaith McCauliffe, Beatrice Casey, Aisling Daly, Shauna Kelly, Noirin Murphy, Claire O’ Connor, Sinead Heelan, Caroline O’ Connor, Julie Dennehy, Gillian Daly, Cathriona Casey, Marika Cottrell,Theresa Breen, Louise Dineen, Siobhan Clifford, Aine Herlihy, Aoife McCauliffe, Louise Daly, Aoife Clifford, Emma Fitzgerald, Aoife Lenihan, Mary Murphy, Laura Kelly, Aisling O’ Keeffe, Shauna Moynihan