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Saturday February 11th saw the Senior Ladies Footballers of Colaiste Ide agus Iosef Abbeyfeale play Fermoy in the Munster Senior A Final at Mallow.

In heavy underfoot conditions at the main pitch in the Mallow Complex, Fermoy were first to score with a point in the 5th min.  This was quickly followed by a score from the Abbeyfeale College from the boot of Megan Carroll.  The next score came as a result of a sweeping move from the Abbeyfeale ladies that saw link up play from Chloe Dalton, Tina Mangan, Eibhlis Dillon and Mariah Stack set up Rebecca Daly who rounded the keeper for a well taken goal. 
Further points from Eibhlis Dillon, Leanne Mangan (1 play, 1 free) and a long range effort from full back Sinead Guiney saw the Abbeyfeale side take a half time lead of 1-04  to 1-01. 

The second half began where Colaiste Ide agus Iosef had left off with a pointed free in the 3rd min from Leanne Mangan and another from play 2 mins later to give the Abbeyfeale ladies a 5 point advantage.

However, the physical strength of the Fermoy was now beginning to show with 4 points in 15 mins to leave just one between the sides.
A driving run up the middle in the 21st min saw Laura Sheeran give the Abbeyfeale side a 2 point advantage once again.
Points were then swapped by both sides, the latter coming from a superb team move from Abbeyfeale and pointed from 30 meters by Sinead Guiney who was now very influential at centre back, along with the excellent Sorcha McNulty who kept Cork inter - county star Jennifer Barry scoreless. 
However, just as Colaiste Ide agus Iosef had started to take control of midfield they were shell-shocked by a Fermoy goal with 4 mins remaining to leave them one behind for the first time in the game.  With defeat staring Abbeyfeale Tina Mangan won the next kick out to pass to her sister Leanne to draw level.  With 1 min remaining the Abbeyfeale college won possession and a great passing move involving Megan Carroll, Lisa O Connell, Laura Sheeran and Mariah Stack ended with Eibhlis Dillon driving through the Fermoy defence to score a match winning point from a tight angle out on the right.  The final whistle blow immediately to cheers of jubilation from Abbeyfeale supporters who saw the Colaiste Ide agus Iosef ladies footballers crowned Senior A Munster champions on a score line of 1-10 to 2-06.
Munster Chairman Dan O Mahony presented the cup to captain Laura Sheeran and Player of the Match to midfielder Eibhlis Dillon.

Afterwards coach Con Healy praised the team for their wonderful character and "never-say-die" spirit which helped clinch victory for them in the final minutes.

The Colaiste Ide agus Iosef ladies now play St. Leo's of Carlow in the All-Ireland semi-final on March 3rd at a venue to be decided.

Our Girls Rugby squad took part in the Munster Girls Rugby Blitz day in CIT Cork last week.  The Senior Girls A won their two matches very convincingly and our Senior Girls B drew their first match and were denied a second match due to the weather conditions.

Junior Girls team A won both matches and the Junior B team drew one and won one match.  This was the first time the girls teams were playing as part of the school. It was a most successful and enjoyable day.

Our girls senior and cadet basketball teams are nearing the business end of their respective seasons. Both teams will be participating in the league play-offs with the cadet team travelling to Cork on Saturday 21st while the seniors are Dublin bound on Saturday February 4th. In the meantime the 1st and 2nd year teams kicked off their campaigns with matches against Presentation Tralee. Our 1st years recorded their maiden win while the 2nd years went down valiantly against last year's All-Ireland finalists.

Colaiste Ide agus Iosef in Abbeyfeale are county champions for the
first time after a convincing 1-15 to 0-6 win over St Munchins in
Rathkeale yesterday (11th of January). The new community college which is open
since September 2011 led the Senior Gaelic Football decider at half
time by 1-7 to 0-5. Top scorers for the victors were Eamon Prendiville
with 1-2 and Adam Barry with 0-4. Ryan Carroll and Adrian Enright
scored (0-3) each.
Team: J O’Mara, S Fitzmaurice, M O’Connor, T O'Keeffe, D Greaney, J
Quirke, K Harnett, A Barry, S Cahill, G McCarthy, A Enright, D Daly, R
Carroll, E Prendiville, J Breen, Subs: C  Kiely, S Murphy, D
Fitzgerald, K O’Mahoney, TJ Lane, D Harnett, P Browne, D Foley, P
Lane, C O’Sullivan, G Nash, M Brouder, K Lucey, D Keane

More photos from the match are available by clicking here.

The Colaiste Ide & Iosef first year girls claimed their first silverware of the season at the recent first year basketball blitz in Castleisland. The Colaiste team coached by Claire Sheehy took a highly commendable runners-up spot after falling just short in the final to hosts Presentation Castleisland. Impressive wins against Listowel, Dingle and St. Angela's Cork paved the way to the final. This fine preseason form augurs well for the league which commences January next.

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