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Doireann O'Sullivan of Mourneabbey is one of six of the champions' players in the All-Star 15. Picture: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Doireann O'Sullivan of Mourneabbey is one of six of the champions' players in the All-Star 15. Picture: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
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Some of the best-known ladies footballers in Cork have made the Rearden's All-Star 15

MARY White and a number of players, coaches, and supporters have compiled the 15 winners of the inaugural 2017 Rearden’s Ladies’ Football All-Star Awards.

The awards night will take place in Rearden’s on Wednesday at 7pm, and this section is a great addition to the annual event organised by owner, Paul Montgomery, and manager, Michael O’Sullivan.

Twelve Cork senior stars have made the list. However, there were a few standouts, namely Cork minor and West Cork stars, Eimear Kiely and Sadbh O’Leary, and 16-year-old Ellie Jack, of Mourneabbey.

REARDEN’S LADIES FOOTBALL ALL-STARS 15:

1. Martina O’Brien (West Cork): The Cork number one was the prime candidate for this position, given her great displays during the championship. However, 19-year-old Mairead O’Sullivan, of St Val’s, could be knocking on the door in a few years’ time.

Martina O'Brien makes a save for Cork against Galway. Picture: INPHO/Donall Farmer
Martina O'Brien makes a save for Cork against Galway. Picture: INPHO/Donall Farmer

2. Eimear Kiely (West Cork): The Valley Rovers player opted to step out for divisional football this season, and it’s paid off for her, competing in the toughest league in the county. Of course, she’ll be well used to the rough-and-tumble, having won a minor All-Ireland medal this summer, under John Cleary.

3. Marie Ambrose (St Val’s): It’s hard to fathom that Ambrose is just 21, but her calm and reassuring displays in defence were exceptional. Ambrose had a tough summer, suffering an eye injury, and Val’s were lucky to have one of their key defenders on form.

4. Melissa Duggan (West Cork): Doheny’s star, Duggan, was the find of the season for Cork coach, Ephie Fitzgerald. Her performance against St Val’s, in the semi-final, was solid, and this 20-year-old could be on this list for years to come.

5. Eimear Meaney (Mourneabbey): Meaney’s tight defending for the entire championship campaign was key for Shane Ronayne, and the 20-year-old was often tasked with marking key opposition players. A former player-of-the-year winner, Meaney is as steady as they come.

6. Bríd Stack (St Val’s): In this, her first season with St Val’s, Stack was key in their win over West Cork in the semi-final. In the final, against Mourneabbey, she was a key driver in Val’s first-half comeback against the reigning champions, at CIT.

7. Roisin O’Sullivan (Mourneabbey): A former skipper, O’Sullivan is the central figure in the Mourneabbey defence, and all campaign she was a platform on which the reigning Munster champions built their attack.

St Val's Ellen Coakley and Mourneabbey's Roisin O'Sullivan in action. Picture: Gavin Browne
St Val's Ellen Coakley and Mourneabbey's Roisin O'Sullivan in action. Picture: Gavin Browne

8. Louise Coholan (St Val’s): Coholan was superb in the county final, against Mourneabbey. Although she wasn’t on the winning side, and at times the game didn’t go their way, her physicality and ability to drive others on was vital to Val’s performance.

9. Niamh Cotter (West Cork): The Beara woman was a key performer for West Cork and, during the summer, she was able to match up with the best of them. Her aerial ability was on display, while her incredible stamina was, too.

10. Jess O’Shea (Inch Rovers): O’Shea is a multi-talented footballer and has played in a variety of positions for the former Cork SFC winners.

And, although Inch were denied by Mourneabbey in the semi-final, O’Shea’s displays throughout the championship were always lively.

11. Ellie Jack (Mourneabbey): Last year, 16-year-old Jack landed on the scene with two brilliant goals in her Cork SFC final debut last season, and the young flyer didn’t disappoint this year, either, snatching herself another goal and a fistful of points.

12. Ciara O’Sullivan (Mourneabbey): The Cork captain was her usual, reliable self for the entire campaign.

Her darting runs carved open a number of defences, and with Brid O’Sullivan and Doireann O’Sullivan operating off of her, she always delivered.

Ciara O'Sullivan of Mourneabbey scores a goal against Foxrock/Cabinteely. Picture: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Ciara O'Sullivan of Mourneabbey scores a goal against Foxrock/Cabinteely. Picture: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

13. Orla Finn (West Cork): Cork’s top scorer was there or thereabouts again for Kinsale. If it wasn’t for her free-taking, it was for her goal-poaching, and the Kinsale star helped West Cork light up this year’s senior championship in style.

Orla Finn, Kinsale in action against Moycullen. Picture: Larry Cummins
Orla Finn, Kinsale in action against Moycullen. Picture: Larry Cummins

14. Doireann O’Sullivan (Mourneabbey): O’Sullivan saved her best for last in the showdown against Val’s, setting up four goals, and tacking on three points. She linked up brilliantly with Laura Fitzgerald and Eimear Harrington, and her ability to bring others into the game is where she’s gone up again in estimation.

15. Sadhbh O’Leary (West Cork): This Kinsale and Cork minor star visibly enjoyed competing at the highest level of ladies’ football in Cork, and she didn’t shy away from the physicality of the game, and, no doubt, her performances were spotted by the Cork senior management.

Others to have come close to making the list included Mourneabbey’s Cathy Ann Stack, Maire O’Callaghan and Brid O’Sullivan, and St Val’s Ciara McCarthy and Jenny Brew Dinan.