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Scariff/Ogonnelloe’s senior success ‘an unreal achievement’

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*Holly McGee kept under pressure by Zoe McInerney. Photograph: Veronica McMahon

Tasting championship glory in their first senior decider appearance is “an unreal achievement” for Scariff/Ogonnelloe.

“It’s fantastic, it’s great to get out on the right side of the result in a county final,” manager Jim Minouge remarked following their six point win over Newmarket-on-Fergus on Saturday. “We were just looking at our own performance to try and play our own game. We know it was going to be a massive battle, Newmarket came back at us. We had the wind and getting the early scores was vital”.

A secondary school teacher at St Cuans College in Galway, Jim remained a calm figure on the sideline throughout their the club’s first senior championship final. The message in the lead-up to the final was a simple one. “Every one of the girls was fantastic, they gave it everything. We had just said to do the simple things well, nothing had to be spectacular, do the basics well and we’d come out on top”.

He was part of the management team that led the side to Munster Junior glory and a one point All-Ireland final defeat in 2016. Three years on, to make the step up to senior and win is “an unreal achievement,” he maintained.

Newmarket-on-Fergus native, Páraic McMahon is a freelance journalist and broadcaster currently working for numerous national and local publications including The Clare Echo, The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent, The Irish Times, RTÉ, TheJournal.ie, The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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