By Daragh Ë Conch·ir
Limerick came out on top of a tough battle with Antrim to win the minor B final in Ashbourne. The Shannonsiders had goals from Martina McMahon and Niamh Ryan in the first half to lead by 2-6 to 2-5 at the break, with Ruby Marie Rice and Orlagh O’Hara having scored goals for Antrim.
McMahon’s scoring contribution was vital to Limerick’s win as she recorded a personal tally of a goal and seven points, a tally that included three points frees and two successful 45s.
Antrim had much of the play in the second half but failed to capitalise on some excellent scoring opportunities. Indeed, they only managed three points in the second half and that was never going to be enough to win a coveted All-Ireland.
Caoimhe Costello struck for a goal which gave Limerick increased confidence. With centre-back Lisa Scanlon giving a player-of-the-match performance, Limerick kicked on in the final final 10 minutes and Ryan bagged her second goal to confirm the result.
Scorers – Limerick: M Mc Mahon 1-7(0-3fs, 0-2 45s); N Ryan 2-0; C Costello 1-1; B Hannon, L Scanlon (f) 0-1 each
Antrim: O O’Hara 1-1; M Laverty 0-3 (1f); RM Rice 1-0; M Cotter, C Drain 0-2 each
Referee: C Ë CÚadaigh (Wicklow)