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4th, Mar, 2013
Loreto Fermoy hold out to qualify for All –Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior “A” Football final
Loreto Fermoy 3-5 Loreto Grammar Omagh 0-13Munster Senior Ladies football Post Primary schools champions Loreto Fermoy have qualified for the Tesco HomeGrown All-Ireland Post Primary School Senior “A” Final after a thrilling victory over Loreto Grammar School Omagh at Athlone on Saturday last. Loreto Fermoy have bridge a four year gap having last contested the final in 2009 loosing to the Convent of Mercy Roscommon and also finishing runners up in their first appearance in the “A” Final in 2007 to St. Leo’s Carlow. Loreto who enjoyed a comfortable lead at half time after a slow start were there Ulster counterparts landed the first two points as Fermoy’s first point from the boot of wing forward Jennifer Cahill came in the 10th minute Omagh replied with three further points before Loreto Fermoy corner forward Abbie Scannell pounced for the first goal in the 15th minute to put the minimum between the teams. Omagh responded with a point before a magnificent Loreto Fermoy spell saw them register 2-3 before the interval. Goals by Saoirse Moore and Scannell while the latter also kicked one of the scores of the match when she intercepted on a defensive Omagh error to tap over a beauty. Jennifer Cahill added a brace of points after been set up by Cork Senior panellists Jennifer Barry who showed all her experience through out this pulsating encounter. At half time Loreto Fermoy 3-4, Omagh 0-6. In the second half Omagh came out all guns blazing and added four points on the trot before a pointed free from Jennifer Cahill steadied the Loreto Fermoy camp. Fermoy were unlucky during this period as they had four goal chances, on another day they could have found the net. Omagh added a brace of points to cut the deficit to 0-2 but found it difficult to make progress against the magnificent Loreto Fermoy defence and a mid-field duo where they were all excellent on the day. Omagh 2 pts in arrear were awarded a 30 meter free with a half minute left on the clock, their bullet like shot skimmed over the bar to leave the minimum between the sides, from the kick out referee Paul Fahy sounded the final whistle and the celebrations began for the Fermoy school. This has been a fantastic fairy tale for Loreto Fermoy having earlier achieved the Munster “A” double in both senior and junior, with their juniors playing their All-Ireland “A” semi-final on this Friday 8th March against St Pauls, Bessbrook, Co. Armagh. The seniors march on to the Tesco HomeGrown All-Ireland Post Primary School Senior “A” final where they will cross paths with PresentationCollege, Athenry of Galway in mid March.
Scorers for Loreto: Abbie Scannell 2-1, Jennifer Cahill 0-4, Saoirse Moore 1-0
Loreto Senior Ladies Football Team: Anne Brennan (Fermoy), Jill Blackburne (Glanworth), Claire Murphy (Bride Rovers), Julie Buckley (Captain), (Fermoy), Joanne O’Keeffe (Inch Rovers), Jessica Tonks (Fermoy), Una Blackburn (Glanworth), Patricia O’Sullivan (Bride Rovers), Aoife Heffernan (Watergrasshill), Susan Gleeson (Ballyduff), Jennifer Barry (Bride Rovers), Jennifer Cahill (Bride Rovers), Abbie Scannell (Fermoy), Saoirse Moore (Fermoy), Mairead Cronin (Watergrasshill)
Subs: Isobel Pyne (Fermoy) for Gleeson, 45th minute, Grace Culloty (Bride Rovers) for Cronin, 51st minute.