The Banner seek first title as Inch Rovers eye fourth triumph

Clare champions, The Banner, go in search of their first Munster Senior A ladies football championship title tonight in Kilmallock (8pm).

Opponents, Inch Rovers of Cork, however will be aiming for their fourth crown, which they last won in 2010 en route to claiming All-Ireland title bragging rights.

Tonight’s fixture, which was due to be played at the weekend, was brought forward with three players in action due to attend tomorrow night’s LGFA All-Star awards at the CityWest Hotel in Dublin — The Banner’s Louise Henchy and Niamh O’Dea, and Rovers’ Annmarie O’Shea.

O’Dea, 19, will be joined on the pitch tonight by her younger sister Eva, 15, while their father JJ has been instrumental in coaching the side alongside manager Joe Reidy.

Inch overcame provincial champions Donoughmore in the county final two weeks ago, while the Ennis-based side defeated Cooraclare in their domestic showdown.

The Cork winners automatically qualified for the Munster final, while Banner had to overcome Ballymacarbery of Waterford last weekend to book their place in the final.

Inch Rovers’ coach Pa O’Shea and O’Dea for the Banner have both reported a clean bill of health ahead of the clash. Extra-time will be played if needed, and the winners will face an away game against the Mayo andConnacht champions Carnacon next weekend in the All-Ireland semi-final.

In the second semi, Donaghmoyne of Monaghan face Shelmeliers ofWexford.

Meanwhile, All-Ireland champions Cork host a golf classic on Wednesday, December 5 and Thursday, December 6 at Castlemartyr Golf Club to raise funds for a team holiday to Budapest.

For more details, ring 087-2237991 or email renabuckley@hotmail.com.

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