Ratheniska were crowned Roinn 4 champions following a chaotic fourteen-goal finale in O'Moore Park on Tuesday afternoon.
Ratheniska wasted no time as they went 1-3 ahead through an Aoibheann Szwaglis goal and points from Tara Byrne (2) and Shannon Fitzpatrick. Ballyroan eased themselves into the proceedings with a Louise Doyle goal to settle the nerves.
Shannon Fitzpatrick and Orla Looney were on hand to lift green flags for Ratheniska, but Louise Doyle interrupted with an excellent point. Tara Byrne added 1-1 to the Ratheniska account, before Fitzpatrick almost had another had it not been for the reflexes of Carragh Concannon.
Ballyroan grabbed a goal through Tara McDonald before the break as they trailed by 4-4 to 2-1.
Tara Byrne continued to impress after the restart with two goals in the opening two minutes. Fitzpatrick and Byrne exchanged points with Emma Carney (2) before Faye McEvoy fired two goals for the Ballyroan cause.
Shannon Fitzpatrick hit Ratheniska’s final goal five minutes from time, but Ballyroan continued to fight with goals from Louise Doyle’s free and Tara McDonald’s rebound. Doyle concluded the scoring with a late sixty-five but Ratheniska proved too strong as they claimed the title.
SCORERS - RATHENISKA: Tara Byrne 3-3; Shannon Fitzpatrick 3-2; Aoibheann Szwaglis 1-1; Orla Looney 1-0. BALLYROAN: Louise Doyle 2-2 (1-1f); Faye McEvoy and Tara McDonald 2-0 each; Emma Carney 0-2.
RATHENISKA: Emma Ramsbottom; Eimear Brennan, Roisin Bracken, Tara Byrne, Shannon Fitzpatrick; Aoibheann Szwaglis, Orla Looney. SUBS: Anna Sheehan; Ciara Lalor; Alison Dalton; Katie Lalor; Lily Duff; Roisin Lalor; Grace Connolly; Hannah Guinan; Riona Duff.
BALLYROAN: Carragh Concannon; Grace Harte, Ella Shore; Louise Doyle, Faye McEvoy; Emma Carney, Tara McDonald. SUBS: Ruby Nuzum; Ava Churchouse; Lorna Kelly-Phelan; Ava Clerkin; Niamh Scully; Clodagh Gee; Mary Lanigan-Keegan.
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