Date Time Competition Season
19 September 2021 11:00 am Leitrim Senior B FC 2021

Match Report

Josephs win Battle of the Saints

A goal three minutes from the end of normal time from St. Joseph's substitute Shannon Dolan was the key score in this tight but entertaining encounter played at Shane McGettigan Park, Drumshanbo last Sunday morning.

In a closely fought opening half, it was the home side who hit the front in the second minute with a pointed free from Ailish Cornyn, but St Josephs responded well with four unanswered points from Bronagh O’Rourke (2), Aine Heslin and Rachel McIntyre.

They were the better team and deserved their three point advantage but the losers ended the half the best, outscoring their opponents three points to one, their points coming from Eimear Gibbons, Ciara McPartland (2) with Carmel O’Rourke responding with a point to give her side a single point advantage at the break.

The third quarter belonged to the winners, Louise Maguire, Aine Heslin and two from Bronagh O’Rourke, with a single point reply from an Ailish Cornyn free to leave four points between the sides.

But as in the first half, the home team fought back, another Cornyn point left just a goal between them, and when a high ball was dropped by goalkeeper Mikala Mitchell, second half substitute Alannah O’Dowd was on hand to fire the ball to the net.

Teams level with seven minutes of normal time remaining, the next score was going to be vital and it came the way of Bronagh O’Rourke who hit over a free.

The next score was even more important when another substitute Shannon Dolan finished the ball to the net following a good passing move by the winners, but it all came from a wayward line ball for the home team which was gathered by Clare Owens and eventually found its way to Dolan for the all important score.

A free from each side ended the scoring to leave four points between the teams at the finish.

Aine Heslin was shown a black card by referee Vinny McMorrow late in the game but it made no difference to the outcome of the game.

St. Francis

1Niamh McDonagh Goalkeeper
2Nicole McGovern Defender
3Rachel McLoughlin Defender
4Edel O’Donnell Defender
5Niamh Morahan Forward
6Stephanie Reynolds Defender
7Aideen McKiernan Defender
35Eimear Gibbons Defender 25'
9Annette Reynolds Defender
10Ciara McPartland Forward 27', 29'
11Aine Flood Forward
12Lauryn McKeon Defender
13Ailish Cornyn Midfielder 2', 36', 49', 60+1'
14Ciara McTigue 33 Forward
15Amy Moran Defender
33Alannah O’Dowd 14 Forward 53'

St. Joseph’s

16Michaela Mitchell Forward
2Louise Quinn Defender 34'
3Vanessa Gallogly Defender
4Marina Gray Defender
5Siobhan McCartin Defender
6Shannen O’Rourke Defender
7Elaine McGovern Defender
8Aine Heslin Midfielder 17', 42'
9Clare Owens Midfielder
10Éadaoin Casey Defender
11Rachel McIntyre Forward 20'
13Brónagh O’Rourke Forward 9', 19', 38', 44', 55', 59'
15Carmel McGovern Forward 28'
19Celine Shortt 30 Forward
21Lorraine Heslin 22 Defender
22Aoibhe McCabe 21 Forward
30Shannon Dolan 19 Defender 57'


Shane McGettigan Park
Shane McGettigan Park, Drumshanbo, County Leitrim, Ireland

A former Leitrim GAA County Board secretary and public relations officer and a proud Drumkeeran clubman. Has reported extensively on club and county scene for local radio and newspaper.