The Murroe-Boher ladies football team were crowned All Ireland junior club champions on Saturday.
The East Limerick side continued their impressive season thanks to a comprehensive 3-11 to 1-1 win over Roscommon champions St Ciaran’s in Ballinasloe.
First-half goals from Lisa Leonard and Michelle Norris helped them to a 2-4 to 1-0 lead at the break and second Leonard goal wrapped things up early in the second half.
Manager Noel Regan was visibly delighted afterwards but still extremely calm after his team’s victory, but he could afford to be after his charges had produced an incredible performance that wrapped up the victory long before the final whistle. Speaking to the Limerick Leader, he was quick to pay tribute to the beaten Roscommon side, while lauding his players for their efforts in delivering such an impressive performance.
“It was just our day today. The girls were brilliant all through the game, we had a game plan using the same style of football that we’ve worked with all year and I thought that the girls were absolutely outstanding, from one to twenty four, in the way that they applied themselves.”
“That’s a very good St Ciaran’s team that we’re after playing and we’re after keeping them to two scores in the entire game” he continued. “That’s just two scores we’re after conceding in two hours of football and that’s incredible going by any measure and it’s all down to those players.”
Such an excellent defensive record is all the more remarkable since he didn’t set up his team with lots of covering players or sweepers, instead trusting his footballers to win their individual battles and to cover every inch of the field over the course of the hour.
“We play our own style of play and we’re not going to change,” he said. “If we’re beaten playing that style then at least we’ve gone down our own way. They’re fantastic footballers, led brilliantly by Louise our captain, but I thought we were excellent all over the field. Our passing, our coming in off the shoulder, our support play was all excellent and that’s in an All-Ireland final where nerves can be a factor. For such a young team, they dealt with the nerves brilliantly.”
- For a full report on this game, along with more photographs, see the weekend print edition of the Limerick Leader