IF you’re going to win a first All-Ireland title, you might as well do it in the most dramatic of ways. The ladies of Lisnaskea certainly did just that last weekend when their late, late winner secured victory over Stabannon to make them All-Ireland Intermediate club champions of 2011.
The win carried added significance for the Woods sisters, Shauna (29), Claire (24) and Lorna (16), with all three lining out on the starting team and playing their part in the historic win. Coming just 16 months after the tragic death of their older brother Ciaran, their former manager in July last year, the final whistle proved to be a roller-coaster of emotions for the whole Woods family including their parents John and Briege, as Shauna reveals.
“There’s no doubt that it was extra special for us. Ciaran trained us last year and he was a big football head. He always wanted the best. His dream was to have the three sisters all playing together on the senior team, so for that to have come true on the biggest stage was fantastic. Daddy was so proud of us, because we all played our part on the big day. All three of us had played well, and contributed to the cause. It was a once in a lifetime experience, and one which our family will never forget.
“A lot of the family were down for the match. When my brother John was playing for Lisnaskea in their All-Ireland final earlier this year, they came out in their numbers, so they did the same for us last weekend. There’s 11 of us in the house, a lot of them live across the country, so I think half of the pitch were probably my connections by the time you count grandchildren and the likes.”
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