St Ciaran's girls denied a slice of All-Ireland glory
St Ciaran's College, Ballygawley failed to land the first leg of what was hoped might prove an All-Ireland double for the school when they were beaten by John The Baptist, Hospital (Limerick) in the All-Ireland Ladies Schools 'A' final at Cusack Park, Mullingar yesterday.
The Tyrone seat of learning will also be involved in the All-Ireland Colleges 'B' football final a week hence and will hope to enjoy better fortune.
Yesterday, though, belonged to a fired-up John The Baptist team that took its inspiration from lethal strike force Andrea O'Sullivan and Anna-Rose Kennedy.
They each scored a goal in the first-half which underpinned their team's 2-2 to 0-4 interval lead.
Maria Canavan, niece of Tyrone legend Peter, landed three points for St Ciaran's with skipper Chloe McCaffrey picking up their other score.
The Limerick team's stamina and cohesion stood them in good stead in the second-half as they kept battling St Ciaran's at bay.
Canavan scored two further points which were complemented by scores from McCaffrey and Aine McAnespie.
But, just as they had done in the first-half, O'Sullivan and Kennedy shattered the St Ciaran's morale by landing the points which took their side to safety - and glory.
John The Baptist scorers: A Kennedy 1-3 (1f), A O'Sullivan 1-2, A Ryan 0-1.
St Ciaran's scorers: M Canavan 0-5 (2f), C McCaffrey 0-2, A McAnespie 0-1.