*Louise Henchy. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill

“Incredible heart” was referenced by player of the match, Laurie Ryan as Banner Ladies were crowned Clare senior ladies football champions for a twelfth time in fourteen seasons.

By Derek Dormer

Despite a hard-fought opening half, Banner Ladies gave a commanding and clinical second half display to defeat 2019 champions Kilmihil on a score of 3-09 1-05.

Speaking to The Clare Echo, midfielder Laurie Ryan noted, “It’s actually amazing, to come out on top here today without Niamh O Dea and losing Louise Henchy so early, the heart the girls showed was incredible”.

It took the Banner a while to match Kilmihil’s intensity, the former Clare captain outlined. “We didn’t feel like we played well in the first half and we just couldn’t match Kilmihil’s early intensity. We settled into it though and pulled it out in the end”.

“It’s a massive win for us as a club and it puts to bed what happened here two years ago . A word of mention for Louise Henchy, nobody has given more to this club and when she went down today we said we would do it for her,” Laurie added.

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