Geraldines captain Nina Slowey gets presented with the trophy by Ladies County Board chairman Dermot Woods. (Pic: Geraldines Facebook)
Louth Ladies Minor Shield final
Geraldines 3-11 Naomh Máirtín/Mattock Rangers/Glen Emmets 3-4
The Geraldines Minor Ladies won a tough and exciting battle against the Naomh Máirtín/Mattock Rangers/Glen Emmets combination in Mountrush on Sunday morning to claim the Minor Shield title.
The first-half was end-to-end with both teams guilty of some bad finishes before Amy Kerley’s goal gave the Geraldines an early lead.
However, the combination side came back and scored two goals either side of a Kerley point to put themselves two-points clear. Their second goal came following an impressive Aoife Russell run, with the ball eventually eluding the Geraldines goalkeeper Rebecca Mooney. But Mooney performed very well after this, especially considering it was her first ever game between the sticks.
The teams exchanged points with Russell responding to Sarah Morgan's point to keep the margin at two-points. Geraldines then kicked on with a goal from the eager Aislinn Connor and two-points from Ava Kiernan, the second after great work by Jade Reddy.
A late point from the combination wasn't enough to prevent the Gers from taking a slender lead to the interval - 2-4 to 2-3.
The second-half again saw the Geraldines miss some good chances and the opposition were there to capitalise, drawing level before their third major put them in control of the contest.
The Blackrock/Haggardstown outfit needed leaders at this stage and the spine of the team really stood up with captain Nina Slowey cutting out every attack and centre-half Abbi O'Connor getting on top in her battle with Russell.
Kiernan's third point and a monster effort from Reddy saw the Geraldines come right back. The decisive score came with 15 minutes to go when Kieran got her hands to a long delivery from the impressive Fionnuala Cafferty for the sixth and final goal of the contest.
The Geraldines kicked on and with Reddy and Gemma McCrave winning the midfield battle, it allowed Cafferty and Kiernan drive at the opposition defence. Scores from Kiernan, Sharkey (2) and a fine long distance score from Cafferty gave the Geraldines some breathing space as they ran out seven-point winners.
County Board Chairman Dermot Woods presented the trophy to the winning captain, Gers' Nina Slowey, at full-time.
Geraldines: Rebecca Mooney; Emma Duffy, Nina Slowey, Ciara McQuillan; Amy O'Donoghue, Abbi O'Connor, Megan Scully; Jade Reddy (0-1), Gemma McCrave; Victoria Fee, Fionnuala Cafferty (0-1), Ava Kiernan (1-4); Aislinn Connor (1-0), Amy Kerley (1-2), Sarah Morgan (0-1)
Subs: Holly Lambe Sally, Blaithin Sharkey (0-2), Aoife Purton, Zoe Reid, Meabh Hodgers, Orlaith Foran, Jade Marron