The east Cork outfit ousted reigning Munster champions Donoughmore and despite the sides being level at 0-8 apiece with 11 minutes remaining, Inch kicked five unanswered points to claim the cup for the fourth time in their history.
It was with much sadness that Inch took to the field however, with the mother of defender Lydia Williams and wife of selector Adrian having passed away earlier in the day. However, as per the family’s wishes, the game went ahead and Williams put in a solid performance having started at wing-back.
It was Pa O’Shea’s side that led throughout and at the turnaround — 0-5 to 0-3 — with points from freetaker Mary O’Connor giving them the edge. Defensively, Inch were superb in the second-half, and All-Star nominee Ann Marie Walsh was deservedly named player of the match for her display at centre back, while captain Annie Walsh collected the cup from county board chairman Neilus Carroll.
Inch must now await news from the Munster Council as to the re-fixed date of the provincial final.
Scorers for Inch Rovers: M O’Connor 0-6 (0-3 frees), N O’Donovan 0-2, A O’Shea 0-2 (frees), O Cotter, S Harrington, AM Walsh and C Keohane 0-1 each.
Scorers for Donoughmore: A O’Connor 0-3, J Murphy 0-3 (frees), O Healy, R O’Mahony and R Curtin 0-1 each.
INCH ROVERS: G Kearney; M Kennedy, AM Walsh, Aoife Walsh; Lydia Williams, Angela Walsh, D O’Shea; O Cotter, Annie Walsh (c); N O’Donovan, A McCarthy, S Harrington; J O’Shea, M O’Connor, A O’Shea.
Subs: C Keohane for A McCarthy (HT), J O’Keeffe for L Williams (49m), F Neville for J O’Shea (56m).
DONOUGHMORE: C O’Connell; E Walsh, A Barrett (c), AM O’Sullivan; L Barrett, R Buckley, M Dilworth; R Barrett, J Murphy; O Healy, A O’Connor, R Curtin; R Cogan, R O’Mahony, A Buckley. Subs: Y Twomey for R Cogan (HT).
Referee: G Buckley (Grenagh).