THEY staged a terrific rally in the final moments of this All-Ireland intermediate ladies football semi-final last Sunday, but Moycullen’s hopes of national silverware came up just short.
Trailing 0-18 to 1-9 deep in injury time, the Galway champions’ race looked run, the home support prepared to celebrate, even changing goalkeepers, as their substitutes got ready to pour on the field.
Others would have thrown in the towel but Moycullen’s young charges have a resolve built from four promotions in five seasons. Their inexperience told at times but the Cork champions had a nervous sweat before referee Niall McCormack finally ended affairs.
Aine McDonagh led the charge sending a well-struck ball towards the posts on 62 minutes only for the liathroid to shade over the crossbar. Molly Hynes then attacked from the right but found a similar result, leaving four between the teams.
Even though they outscored their opponents in the green flag tally, Moycullen needed more majors and the second eventually arrived when McDonagh struck the net. Suddenly, the final bookings were on hold as Kinsale fell quiet fearing extra-time taking all momentum from them.
Moycullen, however, couldn’t squeeze out the necessary equaliser. Their dreams ended in heart-breaking fashion but they won many admirers with their character. Kinsale produced a massive occasion worthy of an All-Ireland semi-final for two clubs competing in the biggest games in their history.
With Cork’s dominance on the national scene, the Munster champions already had some noteworthy names in county senior Orla Finn and minor Sadhbh O’Leary. Both tormented maroon and white sides this summer and they registered 11 points between them on Sunday.
Against the wind, Hynes opened the scoring with a Moycullen free after 50 seconds before Finn played a one-two with Nicole Quinn for the equaliser. Subsequently, another Hynes placed ball had the visitors 0-2 to 0-1 ahead.
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