Park-Ratheniska 3-7 Ballylinan 1-5
2007 Ladies Intermediate Football Championship Final
This week’s Remember the Game takes us back 14 years to when Park-Ratheniska faced Ballylinan in the ladies Intermediate football championship final in O’Moore Park.
Park-Ratheniska had featured in the previous three finals but they came up short on each occasion.
However, on the fourth occasion they finally confirmed their Senior status when they defeated Ballylinan with two goals in the final ten minutes of the game.
Ballylinan took a three point lead in the opening stages of the game through points from Anna Moore, Lisa Connolly and Kelly Farrell.
Park-Ratheniska responded well with points from Louise Doyle and Margaret Mulhare (two) to level the game at 0-3 apiece.
The game came to life in the closing stages of the first half as both teams cancelled each other out with goals in either end to see the sides tied at the break.
Ballylinan got the opening goal of the game when Louise Doyle flicked the ball into the net. Maraget Mulhare and Maire Murphy then exchanged frees.
On the brink of half time Amy O’Callaghan drove through the heart of the Ballylinan defence and blasted the ball home to see the sides level at the interval – 1-4 to 1-4.
Margaret Mulhall gave Park-Ratheniska the lead after the break through a free.
But Balylinan replied with three points in five minutes – points from Lousie Doyle, Maire Murphy and Deirde O’Shea gave thema two point lead.
Park-Ratheniska then began to take control as Margaret Mulhare continued her accuracy from dead balls to level the game once again.
Caitriona Fogarty gave Park-Ratheniska the lead with eight minutes remaining when she scored her team’s second goal.
That was soon followed up by a goal from Laura O’Connell to seal Park-Ratheniska’s fate as 2006 intermediate champions.
SCORERS – Park-Ratheniska: Margaret Mulhare 0-6 (four frees), Amy O’Callaghan 1-1, Laura O’Connell and Caitriona Fogarty 1-0 each Ballylinan: Louise Doyle 1-2, Anna Moore (one free) and Maire Murphy (one free) 0-2 each, Lisa Connolly and Deirde O’Shea 0-1 each.
PARK-RATHENISKA: Carole Browne; Caitriona Ging, Anna Walsh, Helena Moore; Catherine O’Sullivan, Laura Hyland, Lynn O’Callaghan; Maire Barry Patricia Fogarty; Caroline Greene, Amy O’Callaghan, Margaret Mulhare; Laura O’Connell, Caitriona Fogarty, Siobhan Walsh Subs: Niamh Kelly for Ging (HT), Mary Mulhare for Greene (34), Danielle Keane for Fogarty (57).
BALLYLINAN: Sinead Brennan; Claire Johnson, Denise Mulhare, Karen Doyle; Tara Farrell, Alison Miller, Grainne Dunne; Deidre O’Shea, Anna Moore; Katie Dempsey, Louise Doyle, Mary Kealy; Lisa Connolly, Maire Murphy, Kelly Farrell Subs: Rachel Delaney for Doyle (26), Ciara Moore for Connolly (39)