Goals win games and that was certainly Granemore’s motto as they marched towards Championship glory this season. Their forwards displayed an electrifying knack for placing the ball into the back of the net, no more so than on the biggest day of all when they put 8 past Mullaghbawn in the Intermediate decider.
Six second half goals put the game beyond doubt and it wasn’t the first time all year that Granemore pulverised the opposition net minder. In three Championship games, they raised the green flag on 21 occasions, 4 against Forkhill in the Quarter Final, 9 in their semi final win over Ballyhegan and 8 in the final.
Their goal scoring ability also got them the runners up prize in the Division Three league, when they were just piped at the post by Killeavy. Like the Championship, Granemore rattled the net quite often, scoring 39 league goals across 10 games, and ended the league with a record of 6 wins, 2 draws, 2 loses.
At the forefront of a lot of Granemore’s attacks was youngster Corinna Doyle who certainly made a name for herself with her impressive performances through the League and Championship. The corner-forward ended the final against Mullaghbawn with 2-4 to her name, and earned herself the Player of the Match award.
Doyle’s displays also saw her pick up the Division Three Player of the Year and the 17 year old was delighted to have been rewarded for her efforts and that she could give a helping hand in allowing Granemore to dominate the Intermediate Championship and eventually lift the trophy at the end of the season.
“It’s a great achievement, especially when our club won the Championship this year; it’s good for us all to get our All-Star nominations. It was a great year. We messed up in a couple of league matches with some players being away but we’re glad to have come runners up.”
Granemore’s domination saw them earn nine nominations for All-Stars, with four picking up awards. Alongside Doyle on the Intermediate Team of the Year was her Granemore teammates Orlaith Gorman, Ciara Hill and Edel Hagney who helped form such a deadly forward division.
“All our players, our backs, our forwards and midfielders, everyone just played really well and we’d a really strong team this year. It was a great achievement for our club (to win the Championship) because we haven’t been competing in the last few years and to just win the Championship meant a lot to us as a club”.
While Granemore may have struggled to compete in the last few years, Doyle thanked her management team for getting them across the line, “I suppose last year was really our first year with the young ones coming into the team and our managers have been with us a couple of years and they just pushed us on this year and we gave it a big push.”