(Match Report by John Burke)
The game was exciting and tense from the first whistle despite the long break since both teams had played their last games due to issues with grading of Four Roads players that had held up the competition. The first half was low scoring with Mellows leading at the break 0-5 to 1-1 with the Brideoga goal of the fortuitous variety.
The second half was a more open affair as both teams had periods of domination but Mellows had made theirs pay and had kicked into a five point lead with about ten minuets remaining. Na Brideoga never say die attitude saw them claw back the lead and put them one point up deep into injury time. Mellows summoned one more attack and Sinead Minihan landed the equaliser to force the extra time.
Some positional switches and the earlier introduction of Ellen Burke gave Mellows fresh impetus for the extra time and an early goal from Sinead Collins gave Mellows an advantage that they weren't going to give up. Despite Na Brideoga best efforts Mellows answered their scores with scores of their own to run out winners in the end 4-10 to 3-07.
This was a real team performance from a very hard working group of girls and in the process created s bit of history to be the first adult team to win a Connacht championship joining the u16's who captured the Connacht 7 a side competition during the summer.
Days like last Sunday don't happen by accident and a massive thank you goes to the Committee, the Executive, Galway County Board and Connacht Councils, the Management Team & Joe Reilly and to Galway Bay Physio Maria Farrell for keeping the girls fit and healthy. To the parents for bringing the girls to training and matches and helping out on match days as required. To the girls themselves for the marvellous effort to get us to where we got. It's been a long year from first week in February to last week in November but it was worth it just if only to see the smiling faces after an epic victory. Enjoy the break and onwards and upwards on your return in the New Year!