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A day to remember for Burrishoole


UP WITH THE CUP Burrishoole captain, Sarah Baynes, raises the trophy. Pic: David Farrell Photography

Oisín McGovern

THE legendary Colm McManamon knows all about the bitter taste of football heartbreak, from county final defeats with Burrishoole to All-Ireland final losses with Mayo.
Now, as his club’s ladies’ manager, he has guided a group of young women who started off as Under-12s to the most coveted prize in Mayo ladies’ football.
Colm Mac’ summed up this joyous occasion with eloquence and pride in his eyes.
“We knew coming into the game that it was going to be a pure dogfight, and that’s exactly how it panned out,” he told The Mayo News.
“We went into the dressing-rooms at half-time knowing that we hadn’t performed to our ability. We knew there was a lot more in us. In fairness to the girls, they came out and they really proved their worth in their work rate and their tackling, just in their general patience with the ball.
“It’s an amazing feeling, and one that’s been a long time coming for myself and for Enda [McManamon],” his right-hand man.
“We’ve been to plenty of finals before and come away on the wrong side of it.”
Equally besotted was team captain Sarah Baynes, who has been part of Burrishoole LGFA ever since she togged out with the first Under-12 girls’ team to represent the barony.
“There aren’t really any words to describe what happened out there. It’s just unbelievable, relief and delight all mixed into one,” the 24-year-old told The Mayo News.
“When the final whistle went, I honestly couldn’t believe that we had made it over the line. It just means so much to all of us, to our families to everyone in Burrishoole. It’s history really.”
There may have been a few doubters who didn’t think Maria Cannon could deliver the winning score with a right boot from the right wing.
Anyone who knows her knew that Burrishoole were in safe hands when the moment she eyed up the posts.
“She’s right footed, but strangely enough she’s better coming from the right-hand side than over on the right, the way she just curls the ball it’s a perfect position for her,” revealed the captain.
“I know that she loves that spot where she landed for the free-kick, so I had every confidence in her.”
“Not many know, but Maria goes in a lot of evenings and does kicks by herself, and she’s just given it so much all year. She deserved to win it at the end for us and I’m so, so proud of her,” added Burrishoole goalie Caroline McManamon, who has won multiple county titles with Carnacon.
Sarah Baynes knows not what the future holds for this group of players, but she knows for certain that they have created an enduring legacy.
“On a bigger level this just means so much for Burrishoole, for the Burrishoole ladies, for our club, for the younger girls who were there to support us today. For them to see what can be achieved, it’s great to have something for them to look up to and strive towards.”


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