Clonmel felt in confident mood and it showed from the start of the second half as Clonmel kept Highfield pinned back in their half with the aid of a strong breeze. Highfield could do little to relieve the pressure and when a way ward kick was caught brilliantly by Rebecca Hallahan she danced her past a number of defenders and set up what was to be a wonderful try. Bernadette Carrigan, Jean Lonergan, Sadhbh Dromey and Helen Quirke were all involved and it was Quirke who got the final touchdown in the corner. The conversion missed Clonmel led 10-0 and were looking completely in control. Natasha Oâ00Keefe, Jean Lonergan, Kate Oâ00Loughlin, and Laura Healy were really dominating up front while the backline were enhancing their reputations as a defensive unit by not letting Highfield break the gain line once. A chip over the top by Niamh Briggs allowed Bernadette Carrigan to touchdown in the corner. Highfield to their credit never gave up and tried running ball from their own 22, Clonmelâ00s defence stood strong as Highfield were penalised for holding on on a number of occasions. Niamh Briggs slotted two penalties to help Clonmel into a 21-0 lead. However for the last 15 minutes Clonmelâ00s concentration and discipline slipped as Highfield gained yards up the field and after a succession of penalties crashed over for their only score of the match.
This was to be Clonmelâ00s day as shortly after the referee blew the final whistle and on a day when the whole squad played out of their skins Clonmel were crowned All-Ireland Cup Champions!!