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Lidl CLGFA PPS Snr A Final.   16/01/2020

Coláiste Bhaile Chláir win first Senior A title by Billy Cross Tuam Hearld.

Coláiste Bhaile Chláir                      3-11

Sacred Heart, Westport                 3-8

HISTORY was made at a cold and blustery Swinford Amenity Park on Wednesday afternoon as the ladies footballers of Coláiste Bhaile Chláir captured their maiden Connacht Post Primary Senior A Championship with a three-point win over Sacred Heart, Westport.

Goals from Hannah Walsh, Laura Scanlon and Allanah Griffin, allied to five points from Kate Slevin were the key scores, while the winners were also indebted to 'keeper Ava Murray for a string of superb saves during the second half.

Hannah Walsh netted the winners' first goal in the 17th minute following a defence-splitting pass from Slevin, and their second major arrived in the 28th minute when Allanah Griffin set up Laura Scanlon. They kept the scoreboard ticking and made the most of string wind to engineer a commanding 2-8 to 0-3 interval lead against an over-worked Westport defence.

Sacred Heart eventually found the breakthrough when Ava Lambert beat Murray in the 43rd minute but Claregalway College responded and a third goal through Alannah Griffin left 11 points between the sides after 50 minutes.

Westport pressed and pressed during the closing stages 10 minutes and were rewarded with goals from Fionnuala McLoughlin and Lambert's second of the contest, but Claregalway College had enough scores banked by then and held out for a milestone victory.

COLÁISTE BHAILE CHLÁIR: A. Murray; L. Tunney, M. Flaherty, E. Murphy; A. Murphy, K. Kearney, S. Lawless; L. Scanlon (1-2), I. Claffey; S. O'Connell, K. Slevin (0-5, 0-4 frees), S. Brennan (0-1); H. Walsh (1-1), E. Mitchell (captain, 0-1), A. Griffin (1-1). Subs: E. O'Riordan, for Tunney, 46 mins; S. Cogley, for Griffin, 59 mins; B. Naughton, for Lawless, 62 mins.

SACRED HEART, WESTPORT: K. McNea; R. Browne, S. El Massry, J. Coughlan; L. Moran, R. Moran, L. Wallace; A. Geraghty (captain, 0-1), J. Cawley; M. Cannon (0-1), A. Lambert (2-2), M. Nugent (0-1); K. Chambers, A. Kennedy (0-3), F. McLaughlin (1-0). Subs: K. McHale, for Chambers, half-time; A. Browne, for Coughlan, 42 mins; A. Breslin, for Cawley, 46 mins; A. Kelly, for R. Browne, 57 mins.

REFEREE: Gus Chapman.

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