Tipperary LGFA Lidl Division Two League Champions 2018

We extend our congratulations to the Tipperary LGFA side on winning the Lidl division two league title this afternoon in Parnell Park

Lidl Division Two League Final

Tipperary 0-21 Cavan 3-11

Are there enough superlatives to describe the Tipperary LGFA side? The grit, determination and no end of skill has seen them capture the Division Three title last year as well as claiming the All-Ireland intermediate crown before today, at the first time of asking, they have won the Division Two trophy and will be playing top flight league football next year. They truly are a remarkable side.

Kevin Hanly with player of the match, Aisling Moloney

And yet they do so while giving supporters plenty of reasons to think they might be having a heart attack and no more so than right at the finish when referee Stephen McNulty out stretched his arms to indicate a Cavan penalty with a mere thirty seconds left on the clock and one point separating the sides. However, after consulting with his umpires he decided to throw-in the ball instead and Tipperary gained possession before the final whistle gave the signal for well-deserved celebrations. Match officials are easily criticised but in this case the referee deserves huge plaudits and a lot of respect for consulting with his match officials and admitting he was wrong and throwing in the ball.

The Cahir duo of Aishling Moloney and Aisling McCarthy were in fine form kicking over an amazing fifteen points between them with Moloney deserving the player of the match accolade. Indeed, her second-half point from forty yards and superb catch under pressure was worth the admission fee alone and shows why she is one of the top forwards in Ireland right now. Orla O’ Dwyer is another who deserves huge credit after playing for the Tipperary camogie side last night in their Munster semi-final win over Limerick and coming out again today and performing heroics for the county.

Fittingly, captain Samatha Lambert paid tribute to the late Rachel Kenneally in her acceptance speech, a tribute that was widely endorsed by all the panel and supporters. The team can now look forward to the championship with huge confidence and who’s to say that we wont be singing their praises again in Croke Park later this year?

Tipperary Scorers A McCarthy (0-10, 6f), A Moloney (0-5), M Morrissey (0-2), G O’Brien(0-1), R Howard(0-1), J Grant (0-1), N Lonergan (0-1).

Cavan Scorers  A Sheridan (2-0), B Sheridan (0-5, 2f), R O’Keeffe (1-2), A Maguire (0-2, 2f), D English (0-1), S Greene (0-1).

Tipperary L Fitzpatrick, AR Kennedy, M Curley, E Buckley; B Condon, S Lambert (C), C Condon, J Grant, G O’Brien (S Condon 52), M Morrissey, A McCarthy, N Lonergan; O O’Dwyer, A Moloney, R Howard. Substitutions K Davey for Howard

Cavan E Baugh; R Doonan, L Fitzpatrick, J Moore; S Greene (capt.), S O’Sullivan (A Cornyn, 49), N Byrd; C Dolan, D English; G McGlade, B Sheridan, A Sheridan; R O’Keeffe (B Farrelly Magee, 43), A Maguire, C Finnegan. Substitutions: C Smith for Finnegan

Referee: Stephen McNulty, Wicklow.