Colaiste Bhaile Chlair qualifed for the All-Ireland PPS Senior C Ladies Football Final on Monday after a comprehensive dismantling of their Ulster opponents in St. Loman’s, Mullingar. 

Two goals each for Chellene and Andrea Trill, and Niamh Moran along with the seventh major on 36 minutes for Sinead Donovan ensured the Galway side’s victory was never in doubt.

Claregalway won the Junior C All-Ireland title in 2017 and will make it back-to-back All-Irelands should they get the better of St. Mary’s, Trim in the decider.

That game is provisionally scheduled for Sunday, 25th March but that date is expected to be changed.  Claregalway will hope so as their joint managers, Fabienne Cooney and Sarah Conneally, are members of the Galway senior ladies football squad who meet Dublin in the National League thta day.

“It’s one step,” said Conneally after the game.  “We’re in a final now.  It’s all to play for.  It was a super performance.  They’re a great bunch of girls.  They work very well together.  And they’re just happy to be in a final.

“They’d be two new girls in but they’d be on the panel.  But no, the majority of this team would have been here last year in the Junior C All-Ireland.  I suppose the experience of that has stood to them out there and they’re very composed.  There’s a great camaraderie amongst them.

“And they know each other very well and how each other plays.  And that’s really important to any team.  They put in a serious performance there today and we’re just happy to get the win and on to the next step.

“They like their goals.  But we wanted to steady the ship at the beginning.  We knew you’re always going to have a bad batch or maybe you don’t get the start you dreamed of.  But they know the game is 60 minutes long.  There’s plenty of time to recover and to keep their composure and to keep trying.

“And if goes over, it goes over and momentum then comes from that.  So, it definitely did when the goals went in and they settled really well and pushed on from there.”

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