Corner forward Laura Fitzgerald worked the oracle for Mourneabbey by shooting a 3-1 in a Munster final to maintain her goal streak in recent weeks.
ot even a gale might prevent Fitzgerald from deploying all his skill to constantly torment Aherlow’s rearguard.
âThe conditions were dangerous, we knew that heading into the weekend and had trained in the same bad weather in the past. With the elements we had to keep the scoreboard running which gave us a great foundation for the second half, âsaid Laura.
Throughout the hour, Mourneabbey was exceptionally well organized, their game characterizing the winners approach labor industry.
âThe pace of the girls’ work all over the field was insane, they never stopped running against the wind, most of the scores were literally from the corner-back high up the field in a massive, all-round effort.
âIndeed, the goals reflected the hard work of everyone, so it’s refreshing to see the ball moving efficiently, it’s something we’ve been working on in recent weeks to increase the number of goals,â a- she declared.
Against the elements, Mourneabbey enjoyed productive periods of good play, looking sharp and industrious amid the pouring rain and the howling wind.
âIt’s nothing new to us, it took a cool head, given the phenomenal training, we had the legs, we kept it simple and the game never escaped us,â said Fitzgerald.
Although no Munster campaign surfaced last season, Mourneabbey was on hold to represent Cork following a loss to the West Cork Division in the County Final.
Mourneabbey had a point to prove in retaining leadership status in the county and province, they did so impressively by stepping up considerably, a point recognized by Fitzgerald.
âLast year’s loss to West Cork was another nugget to turn things around, our appetites are stronger, we practiced ourselves during the lockdown and when the whole squad has come together, everyone was jumping off the ground and wanted to play soccer. âshe said.
With the county and provincial titles securely stowed away, Mournebbey setting their sights on the All Ireland series, the panel parades a mix of experienced and up-and-coming players keen to maintain a winning streak.
“These are young girls coming in, pushing us all for places on the starting squad, as the management is leading us too, that means we will be working to maintain our fitness over Christmas in preparation for the semi-final. All Ireland, âsays Fitzgerald.