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3 Mayo ladies who impressed against Cork


HAPPY DAYSKathryn Sullivan, left, and Sarah Mulvihill celebrate last Saturday. Pic: Sportsfile

Michael Gallagher

THE 19 year-old student kicked a crucial point midway through the second half, but it was her tenacity and ball skills down the frantic finishing straight which really caught the eye.
As chaos reigned all around her, she showed great composure to retain possession and then pick out perceptive passes.
However, one pin-point pass to her twin sister Ciara in the closing moments owed nothing to coaching or technical ability — that pass had been created in the womb, it was a ‘twins-thing’!

TO have the legs, the composure, the skill and the nerve to kick Mayo’s final point of the day on Saturday said everything one needs to know about the 26 year-old primary school teacher.
The game was there for the taking. Cork were just a point behind and swarming forward. Then, Mayo broke out. The ball was worked through midfield and on towards Mulvihill on the right. She immediately knew what was required and sent the ball straight between the sticks.
On any other occasion, in any other setting, it would have been a good score. On Saturday, in the dying moments of an All-Ireland quarter-final it was something else entirely.

ORDINARY mortals were surprised to see the Davitts star named in Saturday’s line-up. Just a few short weeks ago, she left the field with a dislocated elbow and we thought her season was over. On Saturday, the 23 year-old student patrolled her corner of Cusack Park like a lioness stalking her prey and that type of tunnel-vision played a huge role in Mayo’s success.
Ronayne did her job. She accomplished her task. She was a vital component of the team and the squad, but more importantly, she showed the hunger and desire required for success at the highest level. Nothing was going to stop her on Saturday.


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