Photos by Damien Quirke
Fermoy 6-05 Glanworth 2-11
Glanworth were crowned Tesco Homegrown Junior A Champions in a thrilling Final with neighbours Fermoy in Castletownroche on Tues 10th Sept.
A five goal burst for Glanworth in the first half laid the foundations for this victory but a defiant Fermoy side made them work all the way to the final whistle to claim their title.
This was a game that had everything outstanding teamwork, great goals, great saves from Glanworth keeper Olivia Cahill and most of all terrific heart and spirit from two teams prepared to give it their all in search of County honours.
Fermoy started brightly and were two points to the good early on but Glanworth exploded into the contest with three early goals to rock the Fermoy girls as they opened up a 3-3 to 0-2 lead by the end of the first quarter.
Heart and character are qualities that Fermoy possess in spades and this was displayed once more as they picked themselves up to fire over 5 unanswered points to bridge the gap. With the momentum swing in their favour Fermoy laid siege to the Glanworth goal only to be denied on a number of occasions by a couple of outstanding saves from Glanworth keeper Olivia Cahill.
A break from the middle of the field saw Aine Sheehan put Jennifer Baker through for Glanworth's fourth green flag which was followed a few minute later for their fifth goal of the half.
With their defence struggling to cope with the quick counter attacking style of Glanworth and a mountain to climb to get their title ambitions back on track Fermoy dug deep responding with a goal and a point to cut the lead to 7 point at the break with Glanworth leading by 5-03 to 1-8.
A rejuvenated Fermoy team took the fight to Glanworth from the off in the second half. Striking a goal and two points without reply Fermoy through down the gauntlet to their neighbours with the deficit reduced to just two points after just ten minutes.
With the contest in full flight the momentum decisively swung back in Glanworth's favour when Jenny Baker broke through to notch up their sixth goal with a little over ten minutes remaining.
Try as they might Fermoy could not bridge the gap once more as Glanworth defended their lead with fierce determination to run out deserved winners on a score of 6-5 to 2-11
Congratulations to Joette Gallagher (Glanworth) who was the Tesco Homegrown Player of the Match
Glanworth now go forward to meet Clare Champions Banner Gaels on Sat 14th in Mungret, Limerick. Throw in at 12.30pm