Aoife wins All-Ireland with her adopted club

A FORMER St. Martin’s and Wexford goalkeeper pocketed an All-Ireland medal on Saturday, when St. Jude’s of Dublin defeated Mullinahone from Tipperary by 3-9 to 1-8 in the ladies’ football Junior Club championship final held in Baltinglass.

oife McAuliffe wore the number one jersey for the Templeogue side, who had defeated Kilanerin at the north Wexford venue before Christmas on their way to Leinster honors.

And there was an additional local link to the final, as it was refereed by Na Fianna Clonard clubman Barry Redmond.

Meanwhile, similar to Kilanerin, two Wexford hurling teams were entitled to have ‘if only’ thoughts on Saturday, after the sides that dumped them both won their All-Ireland finals in Croke Park.

Naas of Kildare, who were commanding seven-point victors over Oylegate-Glenbrien in last month’s AIB Leinster Club Intermediate hurling final, survived a late Kilmoyley rally to claim outright honors by 0-16 to 1-11.

The outcome was a bitter disappointment to former Wexford boss John Meyler, who has been a mentor with the Kerry outfit for long stretches of the past two decades.

Earlier on that double-header, Mooncoin from Kilkenny pipped Ballygiblin of Cork by 0-22 to 1-18 to secure the AIB All-Ireland Club Junior hurling crown.

Tara Rocks had taken them to extra-time in the provincial semi-final in St. Louis. Patrick’s Park before Christmas, while Ballygiblin had qualified for the decider with a big win in Portlaoise over a Fullen Gaels (Manchester) side that included Simon Wallace (St. James’) and Greg Jacob (Davidstown-Courtnacuddy) in their half-back line. .


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