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St Macs crowned Ulster champions

St Macartan’s celebrate their Ulster success

A DREAM hatched 25 years ago finally reached reality as St Macartan’s ladies won their first Ulster club title over holders Donaghmoyne at Emyvale yesterday.

Sunday’s success brought joy to many, including manager Ryan McMenamin and wife Maura who played on the team.

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Paula Donnelly repeated her two-goal feat from the semi-final and sister Cathy netted a goal too, plus brilliant team work overall helped seal success.

‘Ricey’ took time to gather his thoughts amid jubilant scenes for a club that have waited more than two decades to enjoy such a moment.

“These girls could not have worked any harder or trained and prepared any better,” he said.

“Each player throughout the entire squad started the long haul after Christmas and they have received their just rewards today.

“It was hard gained as Donaghmoyne showed why they are such a great team through their second half comeback there.

“We learned lessons from last year’s defeat and took our chances more clinically today. Yet, the girls had to really dig in and work like lions to hold off Donaghmoyne.

“St Macartan’s have been a long time chasing this title and thankfully got over the line for the first time at Ulster level in 2017,” enthused the proud manager, who teamed up with Chris Kelly and Conor McCarroll to deliver this first-ever Ulster crown.

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The management team and the St Mac’s girls were going to enjoy this Ulster victory before turning to their thoughts to an All-Ireland campaign.

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