Pictured are the jubilant Clonguish squad and mentors after winning the senior ladies cup, beating Ratoath in the final at the Lidl Comórtas Peile Páidí Ó Sé 2022
Clonguish Ladies took home silverware once again by beating Meath’s Ratoath in the Senior Football Ladies Cup at the Lidl Comórtas Peile Páidi Ó Sé, the famed adult men’s and ladies club tournament which took place all over the Dingle Peninsula last weekend.
The Clonguish girls beat Sarsfield Ladies of Newbridge, County Kildare in the first round by 5-17 to 1-10 with Oonagh Shanley leading the charge up front. Their semi-final in strong winds at Pobailscoil Dingle pitch was a one-sided affair once again with the Longford ladies winning by a whopping 8-18 to 0-2 against Galway’s Caltra Cuans.
This year’s competition was all played off on the Saturday but Clonguish seemed to have plenty in the tank for their third game of the day against Meath’s Ratoath in the final who had beaten Kerry side Corca Dhuibhne and Laois’s Ballyroan Ladies to book their spot in the title decider.
The Meath girls were to the fore from the start going ahead by two points early in the first half with the help of a huge wind in the otherwise dry Gallraus pitch, home to tournament hosts An Ghaeltacht of West Kerry.
However, Clonguish gradually gained control, taking over in the second half, and Ratoath had no answer with the Longford ladies winning out by 4-9 to 1-4.
The football festival, which is supported by Lidl Ireland, McKeever Sports, EJ Menswear, Kerry County Council Tourism Unit, Údarás na Gaeltachta and Lee Strand Milk, was founded by Kerry iconic footballer Páidi Ó Sé and has attracted over 17,000 club players over 33 years, growing into a major GAA event with senior, intermediate and junior adult club competitions as well as teams attending social events at Comórtas HQ, Páidí Ó Sé’s pub in Ventry, Co. Kerry.
Comórtas Chairman Pádraig Óg Ó Sé said, “We are delighted to have Clonguish bring home the bacon this weekend once again following their victory in 2020. They are a credit to Longford in the way they conducted themselves. They enjoyed themselves by night and had a never say die attitude on the field of play. The locals in attendance got great value from the final and as winners, they get a direct invitation to take part once again in 2023.”
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