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U14 girls are West Cork Champs!   25/05/2015

Those who travelled to Clonakilty yesterday witnessed one of the most amazing comebacks in the history of Kinsale Ladies GAA. The first twenty minutes saw a very even game and Kinsale had every right to feel happy about their performance . Playing against the wind they were keeping a very pacey Skibb team at bay. However as the half wore on , Skibbereen started to take control despite goals from Faye Ahern and Niamh Cronin.  At halftime , Kinsale were down by seven points but with the prospect of having the wind in the second half, there was a feeling around the ground that we could do better.

The Second half started and the opposite happened.O Donovan Rossa again took control and suddenly with fourteen mins to go we were 11 points down. If this was an intercounty game held in Croke Park , the crowd would be heading to the exit gates. However this is the Kinsale Ladies Football team we are talking about and those of us lucky to witness Kinsale V Bandon last year  and Kinsale V Bantry three years ago, know that these girls play until the final whistle. For the Mentors involved this was a game of tactics. The Skibbereen goalie kicked short very much in the Stephen Cluxton style and by doing this avoided kicking to Cork midfielder Faye Ahern. In a last gasp effort , Kinsale Mentors switched Sophie Neville and Jenny Murphy forward and suddenly the scores started coming. In hugely dramatic fashion Jenny Murphy, Dara Tyner, Sophie Neville and Niamh Cronin all got goals. Suddenly Kinsale were 2 points up and the Skibbereen team, mentors  and a huge number of supporters that had travelled from the West Cork town were left reeling. The gap was narrowed to one point and Skibb had more chance to level the game but they sent it wide. 
The final whistle blew and tears of joy flowed. Captain Aoife O Leary received the cup on behalf of the girls. There were lots of neutral supporters there from other clubs in West Cork watching the game yesterday and lots came up afterwards to offer their best wishes to the girls . They too were amazed by what they had seen. They would have loved to see it go to a replay. 
The traditional spin around the town was so well received by the tourists and the locals. One of the first people to wave to them was Skibbereen native Garda Noelle O Dwyer . This is what makes the GAA so special . Two of the O Donovan Rossa Mentors spoke to the Kinsale girls after the game  and Tome Finn spoke to their team. We will meet again in the future but for the moment we can only toast the Under 14 Kinsale girls of 2015. They are a huge credit to themselves, their club and their parents. 

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