DERRYLAMOGUE will have breathed a huge sigh of relief at the final whistle of this final. They looked firmly in control when they led by 4-3 to 0-3 at halftime.
But they hadn’t bargained on the way Clough battled on the restart. They totally controlled the game but just couldn’t turn that possession into scores due to a rock solid Derrylamogue full back line.
Clough will also rue a few missed goal chances but at the other end they have much to thank Aoife Finlay for as at times it was she who time and again single-handedly frustrated Derrylamogue.
Two goals in the opening five minutes from Chloe Dwyer and Christine Wren gave Derrylamogue the early initiative. Two Finlay points sandwiched a Dwyer point before Wren struck for the winners’ third goal.
A brace of Aibhilin McEvoy preceded a converted Finlay free to leave Derrylamogue with a three-point cushion. And that was to be increased to four just before the break when Emer Feighery’s free found the back of the net.
Clough may have faced an uphill battle but this never dampened their spirits as they tore into Derrylamogue on the restart. Despite playing into the stiff breeze they peppered the Derrylamogue defence, but with little success.
Derrylamogue scored a point followed by a second goal from Feighery. Just prior to that goal Clough keeper Rebecca Pearson made a magnificent save from Dwyer.
But even these scores did nothing to halt Clough’s drive to haul back the difference. They were eventually rewarded when Paige Hyland scored a great goal five minutes from time. Within a minute, Ellen Hennessy took a pass from Hyland to again ripple the net. Clough were desperately unlucky not to grt another when Hyland rattled the upright.
In the end the efforts were all in vain as Derrylamogue closed out the game with a late point from Roisin McEvoy.