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Ramsgrange 'on cloud nine' ahead of All-Ireland decider

RAMSGRANGE Community School manager William Gillard insists his players "are on cloud nine" ahead of their Girls Senior 'B' Cup All-Ireland final next week.

The Leinster champions face Our Lady's Secondary School, Belmullet, in Leah Victoria Park, Tullamore, on Wednesday (1.0 KO).

Just days after capturing their first provincial crown, the New Ross school edged out St Peter's Community School, Passage West, in last Thursday's national semi-final.

Substitute goalkeeper Catherine Whelan, who was forced into action 10 minutes into the clash in Waterford in place of injured starter Ciara Roche, proved to be the hero on the day.

Whelan was excellent as the match finished 2-2 after extra-time and she came to the fore as she saved two spot-kicks in the shoot-out to ensure Ramsgrange victory.

Gillard insists he is battling nervous excitement ahead of next week's game against the Connacht champions - a school he once worked in - but admits his players are champing at the bit.

The Ramsgrange manager said: "I have to admit I am nervous about the game, in an excited way of course, but the girls are just on cloud nine.

"The FAI are taking us to the Ireland game against Poland that night and Umbro have organised special jerseys for them.

"It has been an incredible achievement to just get this far so we will go out to enjoy it."

The Wexford school twice led Waterford last week only for Peter's to equalise on both occasions either side of the break.

Fiona Rowe opened the scoring with a superb free-kick on 15 minutes, before a first-half equaliser was chalked off by Shannon Doyle's goal after the break.

RAMSGRANGE CS - Ciara Roche; Siobhan Rowe, Norean McMahon, Amy Butler, Elaine Whelan, Sinead Rowe, Rosin Murphy, Tara Walsh, Eimear Mullin, Fiona Rowe, Shannon Doyle. Subs: Lydia Hickey, Danielle Odham, Carrie Odham, Eilsih Fannucan, Chloe Butler, Catherine Whelan.