*Grainne Nolan. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill
QUALIFYING FOR the Munster club final was “one of the best days in the history of the Banner club”, manager JJ O’Dea admitted.
Banner Ladies take on Ballymacabry in Sunday’s Munster final which takes place in Mallow at 3:15pm.
Beating Cork side Mourneabbey in the semi-final was “one of the greatest days in the history of the club and we are very proud of all of the players, the ones that played and those that didn’t play today but may play the next day”, O’Dea told The Clare Echo.
He said, “this is a team effort from under 10 up to those in the background. The work put in by those in the background is serious. This year we have a panel of players. In the Munster final last year it didn’t happen for us. This year we said we were going to make it happen”.
O’Dea continued, “we beat them at under 13 and the came back the following year and beat us at under 14. This is our first win over them in a long time and its sweet. We will be up against Ballymac in the final and hopefully we can pull it off this time”.
Their extra time win over Mourneabbey will serve as an ideal test for their showdown with the Waterford giants, the Kilfenora man said.