The first girls football teams, started in the 90’s, when Dernakesh N.S. School entered teams in the schools league. This led to some former students, organising a Ladies team to represent Drumgoon.
Aisling Mc Dermott organised the first Drumgoon game, a challenge match away to Donaghmoyne. Training commenced on Parker’s meadow, next field to Foy’s green, as Boyle Park was out of action, for a year, due to re-surfacing. Their first manager was Tom Farrell. Tom trained them at the same time as the u14 boys, and they played highly enjoyable practice games against each other. Their first official game in Drumgoon colours was played on the pitch at the Comp against Ramor and Tom also refereed it, luckily he cannot remember the scoreline. The girls quickly improved and in 2000, trained by Philip Mc Dermott, Seamus Morris and Charlie Coyle, they brought the first adult football championship cup to the parish, beating the men by one year. In Killygarry, they defeated Knockbride in the final and were captained by Blathnaid Farrell.
Cavan GAA – Drumgoon
|SENIOR LADIES SHIELD 2004|
|Drumgoon are county champions Drumgoon 1 – 12 Ballyhaise 2 – 04|
|Drumgoon ladies put in a very good performance on saturday evening last in Ballyhaise on a glorious sunny afternoon to capture the senior shield. Despite going in as underdogs, Drumgoon dominated the game from start to finish, were first to the ball all over the pitch and thoroughly deserved their win.|
Drumgoon start strongly with 15 year Siobhan Mc Gorry dominating midfield with great support from the energetic Aisling Mc Dermott. Playing the long game and continually hitting the ball into space Drumgoon started racking up the scores. Muireann Mc Dermott was in great form at corner forward and she quickly shot over two points. Drumgoon had two further points from Teresa Clerkin and Ciara Farrell before Ballyhaise opened their account througha goal from julia leddy. Balyhaise were not going down without a fight and soon drew level with a point from Collette mc Caul. With both sets of defences now in command scores were hard to come by. Ballyhaise applied the pressure but great work at full back by Catherine Mc Bride kept the tide at bay. Catherine got good support throughout from Sarah Mc Cabe and Margaret Mc Bride. Michelle Murray had a point for Drumgoon shorlty before the break to leave the scores 1 – 03 to 0 – 06 at half time. Drumgoon hit a purple patch after the break and ran into an unasailable lead. Siobhan Mc Gorry went a great run upfield and passed to the equally youthful Doireann Farrell, who cooly slotted home to the net. From the kickout Fiona Murray set up Doireann again to shoot over the bar. Aisling Mc Dermott added another for Drumgoon before Ciara Farrell shot over three unanswered points. Drumgoon were now playing some of their best football in years and the large attendance thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. Ballyhaise to their credit did not give up and had a late goal from Roisin Greenan, but it was a case of too little too late. Chairperson of the county board, Cepta Traynor presented the shield to the winning captain Teresa Clerkin.
Drumgoon:- Caroline Clarke, Niamh Farrell, Catherine Mc Bride, Karen Boylan, Sarah Mc Cabe, Margaret Mc Bride, Tara Cunningham, Aisling Mc Dermott, Siobhan Mc Gorry, Fiona Murray, Ciara Farrell, Teresa Clerkin (Capt.), Muireann Mc Dermott, Michelle Murray, Doireann Farrell,
Subs: Michelle Cunningham, Clare Mc Caffrey, Paula Lynch, Cora Mc Bride, Anita Mc Kitterick
Ballyhaise:- Sarah Pickett, Sinead Lyons, Maired Mc cabe, Laura Masterson, Aileen Smith, Emma Nevin, Elaine O’ Reilly, Aisling O’ Reilly, Elaine O’ Reilly, Blathnaid Dunne, Aoife Costello, Yvonne Donohue, Julia Leddy, Collette Mc Caul, Roisin Greenan