Down ladies celebrate All-Ireland triumph: Down 6-16 Fermanagh 1-10

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Monday, September 29th, 2014
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Down ladies’ footballers triumphed against Fermanagh after producing a dominant display to win the All-Ireland Intermediate Final at Croke Park yesterday (Sunday). The Mourne county collected the honours after an emphatic 6-16 to 1-10 victory over Fermanagh in the final at Croke Park yesterday afternoon in what was Down’s first victory in the competition. In a one sided contest the Mourne women took a ninth minute lead with a goal from Aileen Pyres. A goal from Lauren Cunningham and a penalty from Lisa Morgan meant the ladies went in at half time 3-6 to 0-6 in front. A fourth found the back of the Fermanagh net after a Sinead McNamee chipped shot and Kyla Trainor smashed two further goals in to put the tie to bed in Croker. Newry Mayor Dáire Hughes sent his congratulations to the Down ladies. “Congratulations to all involved in this great All Ireland victory. “Coming on the back of the recent All Ireland Championship win by the Down Camogie team, it can be said the the female Gaels of Down have had a memorable year. As Mayor of Newry & Mourne I am delighted that further All Ireland glory has come to this area.” SDLP MLA for South Down Karen McKevitt also congratulated the ladies. “The Down ladies were imperious in the final. I congratulate their exceptional players, management, and fans. “I am extremely proud of the ladies who have once again done the County proud. To win by a margin of 6-16 to 1-10 is a spectacular result. I am so pleased to see the Ladies bring the cup back to County Down for the first time since 2005,” she added. Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín also congratulated the Down Ladies footballers. “This was a tremendous victory by the Down Ladies with a commanding performance in the final. “They showed great skill all over the field and were worthy winners. I congratulate manager Mark Copeland and his backroom team, joint captains Niamh McGowan and Kyla Trainor and the entire panel of players. “This success is due reward for the effort and commitment you have given all season. It has been a great two weeks for the ladies of Down following their victory in the Premier Junior Camogie final a fortnight ago and special praise is due to Karen McMullan who played in both finals. I congratulate her on this special personal achievement. ” Come out and greet the Down Ladies on Monday night when they bring home the Mary Quinn All Ireland Trophy to Down. They will arrive at Saval Pitch 6pm, Mayobridge Pitch 6.30pm, RGU Downpatrick Pitch 7:30pm-8:00pm, Castlewellan Upp Sq 8:15pm-8:45pm.
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