Ladies league final day a huge success

Division 1 Confey 4-11 Balyna 1-4

The much anticipated final of the day took place as the final game in Hawkfield at Kildare ladies football day of league finals. Confeys Aine Gately put down her sides intentions with a well taken goal to open proceedings. Balynas Miriam Murphy opened her sides account with a free. Aine Gately was on free taking duties for the game and excelled in this role scoring a total of nine points from frees. Balyna were awarded a penalty where Holton stepped up to take it but McGuinness in the Confey goals had no problems in stopping the shot. Confey had built up a six point lead by half time on a scoreline of Confey 2-4 Balyna 0-4. Balyna never really got going in the second half. They made some great attacks but were unable to convert chances to scores. Confeys big names produced the goods on the day but their younger players were well able to stand up and make a name for themselves. Balyna only managed a goal in the second half, where a scrappy piece of play resulted in the ball in the back of the Confey net. Confey kicked on and scored a total of 2-7 in the second half and well deserved this division 1 league title. Confey scores came from Aine Gately 1-9, Jill Behan 2-1, Deirdre Gately 1-0, Rachel Divilly 0-1. Balyna scores came from Siobhan Hurley 0-2, Miriam Murphy 0-2. 

Division 2 Castlemitchell 2-10 Carbury 0-6

The Mitchells Mary Lawless ability to take scores made this outing an easier than expected victory for the south Kildare side. Carbury gave a good account of themselves in the opening half and battled hard but failed to convert scores from a lot of possession they had. Karen Cummins battled hard for Carbury and was assisted with a supply of ball from Catherine O Malley but Castlemitchell defended well throughout. 1-3 from Lawless in the opening half put the Mitchells well on their way to winning this title. Half time score Castlemitchell 1-3 Carbury 0-4. Both teams lost a player each due to a yellow card but this didn’t appear to have a major impact on the game. Castlemitchell got the start Carbury needed scoring 1-4 unanswered. Catherine O Malley battled hard for Carbury and was rewarded with a well taken point. Lawless finished out the game with a further two points from frees, Nicola Lawless added the Mitchells final point and Carburys Karen Cummins added her third of the day. This was a fine performance from Castlemitchell who battled hard throughout. Carbury never gave up the cause and battled hard to the end but it just wasn’t to be their day. Castlemitchell scores came from Mary Lawless 2-7, Aisling Hyland 0-2 and Nicola Lawless 0-1. Carbury scores came from Karen Cummins 0-4, Catherine O Malley 0-1 and Joanne McLoughlin. 

Division 3 Kilcock 3-7 Suncroft 1-7

This division 3 final was a very entertaining game of ladies football featuring two extremely fit teams with some fantastic footballers on display. All the early pressure came from Suncroft and within the opening minute, county U16 star Ellen Dowling had opened her sides account with a well taken point. Louise Keane opened the scoring for the north Kildare side after six minutes. Kilcock showed early signs of nerves and Suncroft created several attacks but during the opening ten minutes had clocked up five wides. Trina Duggan secured the second Suncroft point after an abundance of possession. Emma Hoare had a fantastic game for Kilcock covering every blade of grass on the Hawkfield pitch. She equalised the sides with 24 minutes gone. The next two points of the game came from well taken frees from Duggan for Suncroft and Grace White for Kilcock. Eimear Kelly in the Kilcock net pulled off a fine save for her side following a powerful shot from Amy Dunne. Kilcock replied with a well taken score from Emma Robinson at the other end. Trina Duggan in flying form added another for Suncroft before Conway closed the scoring of the half with a well taken score making the half time score Suncroft 0-5 Kilcock 0-4. Louise Keane received a yellow card early on in the second half but this seemed to drive Kilcock on and throughout the second half, they produced some great moves with perfect passing and put severe pressure on the Suncroft backs. Although Suncroft never gave up, it was to be Kilcocks day as they outscored their opponents in the second half 3-3 to 1-2. The Kilcock goals came from Noelle Conlon, Sheena Byrne and Grace White and Dowling snatched the Suncroft goal. Suncroft scorers were Trina Duggan 0-4, Ellen Dowling 1-1, Amy Dunne 0-1 and Aine Conway 0-1. Kilcock scores came from Grace White 1-1, Sheena Byrne 1-1, Noelle Conlon 1-0, Emma Robinson 0-2, Emma Hoare 0-2, Louise Keane 0-1.

Division 4A Monasterevan 2-13 Athgarvan 3-7

The spectators watching this final were in for a real treat as both Monasterevan and Athgarvan played out a thrilling game of football. The skill and fitness level of both teams was a joy to see. Doing the simple things well was the order of the day with great displays from both teams of blocking, tackling, kick passing and movement of players into space off the ball which is a credit to players and mentors from both clubs because it made the game free flowing and a joy to watch. Athgarvan opened the scoring with a goal from Rachel Burke, this stung Monasterevan and they quickly replied with points from Simone Bell and Sinead Melia. Athgarvan just could not break through a tough Monasterevan defence and as a result, up popped Simone Bell to score an impressive 2-1 followed by another point from Sinead Melia putting Monasterevan into a commanding lead 2-4 to 1-0. Athgarvan composed themselves and got to grips with the game and hit back without reply finishing the half the stronger scoring 1-5 with a goal from Ber Coffey, 4 pts from Tracy Noone and 1 point from Rachel Burke, leaving the half time score Monasterevan 2-4 Athgarvan 2-5. Monasterevan started the 2nd half strongly and scored 3 quick points from Freeman, Kelly and Melia putting them into a 2 point lead. Tracy Noone pointed a free for Athgarvan and Monasterevan replied with 2 points from Bell. Monasterevan were playing great football but they lost possession and Athgarvan worked the ball well up the field and Coffey calmly slotted the ball past the keeper to level the game. Monasterevan didn’t panic and hit back with 2 points from Melia, Athgarvan replied with a fine point from Noone to leave just 1 between them with mins to go. Try as they could Athgarvan could not find the elusive equalizer and Monasterevan added 2 more points from Kelly and Melia to run out 3 point winners in the end. Scorers for Athgarvan were Ber Coffey 2-1, Rachel Burke 1-1 and Tracy Noone 0-5. Scorers for Monasterevan were Joanne Kelly 0-2, Sinead Melia 0-6, Simone Bell 0-6 and Sarah Freeman 0-1

Division 4B Moorefield 5-14 Celbridge 4-4

This Division 4B final was going to be a tough one to call, Moorefield were probably slight favourites having beaten Celbridge in their two previous encounters in this league. Moorefield were the first to get their names on the score board with a fine point from Dearbháil Kelly. Despite Moorefield having a lot of possession in the opening ten minutes and creating numerous scoring chances it was Celbridge’s Sarah McNiff that found the net first. Moorefield responded quickly with two points from Ciara Conaty and another from Dearbháil Kelly, putting them a point ahead after 15 minutes. Celbridge were very quick to move the ball on the counter attacks and Moorefield’s backs were forced to work extremely hard to defend their lead.  Moorefield’s keeper Niamh Doyle was putting in a fine performance to keep Moorefield in the game; she was well assisted by her full back line Laura Hannon, Shauna Doyle and Clodagh Cummins. However, Moorefield were exposed at times by the speed in Celbridge’s half forward line of Leah and Ailbhe Earley and Orla Gowran and conceded two more goals despite the tireless efforts from Moorefield’s Shauna Doyle, Amber Masterson and Michelle Curley. Moorefield’s Dearbháil Kelly was quick to respond with a fine pass from some excellent forwards movement and was rewarded with a goal.  Celbridge finished the half with a point from their ever threatening half forward, Orla Gowran.  Half time score was Moorefield 1-4 to Celbridge 3-1.  Moorefield started the stronger in the second half with Dearbháil Kelly scoring three unanswered points. The half time switch of Aisling Curley to centre half back ensured Celbridge’s attacks were broken down and Moorefield were now more clinical in front of goals. Moorefield’s new midfield pairing of Sheena O’Brien and Amber Masterson covered every blade of grass to ensure that Moorefield’ s half forwards Hannah Quirke, Dearbháil Kelly and Ciara Conaty got a plentiful supply of ball despite the enormous efforts of Celbridge’s  Sinéad McCabe, Aisling Brophy and captain Dervilla Byrne to mention but a few. Hannah Quirke was unlucky not to find the net but was rewarded a penalty for her efforts, which Dearbháil Kelly converted. Celbridge’s Orla Gowran got another point from play, however, Moorefield began to dominate all over the field and the reintroduction of Emma Curley to the full forward line at 40 minutes made a difference straight away. She scored two goals within five minutes of her reintroduction to put some daylight between the sides.  The Moorefield full forwards were always threatening, particularly Eliza Kelly, Emma Curley, Demelza Callaghan, Ciara Cusick and Rowena Hurley-Lynch who all contributed enormously to every score Moorefield won and kept up the intensity right to the end. Dearbhail Kelly adding another 1-2 to her tally, Ciara Conaty another 4 points and Hannah Quirke deservedly getting her name on the score board with a well taken point. Celbridge’s Sarah McNiff added another 1-1 to her tally while Chanice Corcoran got a fine point from play. These are two very young teams and gave spectators a fine clean display of ladies football and the final score may not reflect fully the level and intensity at which this game was played by both teams. Full time score was Moorefield 5-14 Celbridge 4-4. Moorefield: Niamh Doyle, Laura Hannon, Shauna Doyle, Clodagh Cummins, Michelle Curley, Amber Masterson (Capt.) Shauna  Doyle, Aisling Curley, Sheena O’ Brien,  Hannah Quirke (0-1), Dearbháil Kelly (3-7), Ciara Conaty (0-6), Ciara Cusick, Demelza Callaghan, Emma Curley (2-0), Eliza Kelly, Rowena Hurley-Lynch, Éadaoin Cummins, Lorraine McSorley, Kate Hannon, Rodica Brodetchi. Celbridge: Kate McGuinness, Aoife O’Brien, Avrill Carroll, Aisling Naughton, Aisling Brophy, Dervilla Byrne (Capt.), Sinead McCabe, Gillian Brooks, Grainne Cuniffe, Ailbhe Earley, Leah Earley, Orla Gowran (2-2), Sarah McNiffe (2-1), Lorraine McIntyre, Nicola Farrell, Caoimhe Daly, Andrea Clarke, Fiona White, Chanice Corcoran (0-1).


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