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Emma Farmer of Aghada lifts the cup as her team-mates celebrate. Picture: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Emma Farmer of Aghada lifts the cup as her team-mates celebrate. Picture: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
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Farmer is on air after Aghada's glorious All-Ireland victory

ANOTHER final, another medal, another chapter of history written. 

It has been an extraordinary year for Aghada, and captain Emma Farmer has done more than her fair share to make this season so memorable.

As she broke away from her celebrating teammates to speak with the Evening Echo, a broad, and likely now permanent, smile was etched across her face.

“I’m floating on clouds, it’s absolutely fantastic,” beamed Farmer, clearly struggling to come to terms with everything she and her teammates have accomplished this year.

“I can’t believe we actually went all the way this year and won it. 

"Little did we know back in January when we started out pre-season that we would be here today lifting the junior All-Ireland cup.

"It’s just a fantastic moment for the club.” 

Farmer certainly played a captain’s part here. 

She set up their only score in the first half, and proceeded to kick all five of their points in the second, all of them vital in breaking a stubborn Corduff resistance.

However, she knew once her young teammates calmed their nerves, they were good enough to carve out the victory. 

“It was neck and neck the whole way, we have a lot of young players and I suppose the occasion, walking around with the band, it was all new to them, and that probably put the nerves up a small bit.

“When we came in at half time and we settled down and talked things through, I think they really settled down and started to believe in themselves, and started to believe that we could go and win it, and we did in the second half, I thought that we were unbelievable.” 

If you had to pick a moment on which this game turned, it was directly after half time. 

Trailing by a point at the interval, Aghada stormed up the field straight from the throw-in, earning a free which Farmer pointed.

It set the tone for the remainder of the game, and Farmer revealed it was exactly what they set out to do after analysing things at the break. 

“You have to start strong, we said at half time we had to go out and start strong if we were to win this game, and that’s what we did.” 

While the joy of the victory was all-encompassing for Farmer and her teammates, the captain was already dreaming of where they can go from here.

“I can’t wait to see what’s to come, especially if we stick together.

"If we all stick together as a group because we have created such a tight bond, that I’m sure in the years to come we’ll be competing at a really high level.

"That's the aim.  We want to play senior, but for now, we will enjoy and celebrate this fantastic win."

Hannah Looney of Aghada in action against Naomi Cogan of Corduff. Picture: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Hannah Looney of Aghada in action against Naomi Cogan of Corduff. Picture: Matt Browne/Sportsfile