St Ciaran's taste elusive All-Ireland title success
St Ciaran's College ladies team of Ballygawley in Tyrone at last tasted All-Ireland glory with a memorable 5-8 to 2-9 victory at Mullingar over the weekend.
The Clogher Valley-based side faced Colaiste Dun Iascaigh from Cahir in the Tesco All-Ireland 'A' U16 final as they endeavoured to win a first national title at this level.
It turned out to be quite a contest as the Tipperary girls tried all in their power to resist the Tyrone team but it was St Ciaran's day on this occasion.
Goals from Maria Canavan and Eimear McAnespie laid a solid foundation for the Ulster champions but Cahir stayed in contention as St Ciaran's reached half-time two points up.
A Shannon Monaghan goal double increased the Tyrone team's advantage as the last half gathered pace but Cahir fought back through a Caoimhe Ryan three-pointer.
The match still remained in the balance when Monaghan struck for her hat-trick goal that confirmed victory.
St Ciaran's scorers: Shannon Monaghan 3-1, Maria Canavan 1-3, Eimear McAnespie 1-0, Chloe McCaffrey 0-2, Cailin McCann 0-1, Slaine McCarroll 0-1
Cahir scorers: Roisin Howard 0-4, Aisling Mooney 0-4, Linda Murphy 1-0, Caoimhe Ryan 1-0, Aoife Corcoran 0-1
* In ladies National League football, the pairings have been confirmed for the forthcoming semi-finals that feature four Ulster teams in total.
Easter Sunday will see the start of the ladies National League semi-finals as Antrim play Limerick and Roscommon encounter Wicklow in the Division Four play-offs.
The rest of the divisional semi-finals follow seven days later with Monaghan v Dublin and Kerry v Cork in the top flight last four.
Its Westmeath v Down and Galway v Meath in Division Two plus Armagh v Tipperary and Leitrim v Waterford in the third tier.