The O’Moore County girls had lost the previous two deciders and the weight of that history appeared to affect them at times as they sought to shake off their gritty opponents.
Indeed you could hardly say they were dominant in the first half and yet they led by 2-6 to 0-4 at the interval thanks to two goals in a minute from Sarah Ann Fitzgerald and Laura Marie Maher.
Niamh Farrell had a consolation goal for the losers.
L Mahony 0-9(7fs); SA Fitzgerald, LM Maher 1-0 each; E Mahony, N Dollard, A Burke 0-1 each.
K Hopkins 0-4(3fs, 1 45); N Farrell 1-0; A McGeeney, C Curley 0-1 each.
L Dunne, M Burke, R Bermingham, A Burke, E Mahony, E Delaney, S Creagh, O Parkinson, SA Fitzgerald, N Dollard, L Mahony, A O’Dea, A Burke, LM Maher, A Loughman.
D Mortimer for O’Dea (21), C Walsh for Creagh (60), S Moylan Burke (60).
C Connaughton, C Killeen, S Coyle, A Byrne, S Spillane, E Daly, J Beattie, N Coyle, R Fitzmaurice, K Hopkins, A McGeeney, R Brennan, C Curley, N Farrell, F Connell-Jones.
M Fannon for Connell-Jones (22), C Dowling for Brennan (42), M Brennan for Curley (57), N McCormack for Farrell (60), C Morriss for Killeen (60).
G Coulter (Down)