Na Fianna has the edge in close game against St Colmcilles in Ladies Div2 round 3 game in Baconstown on Saturday 14th April
FT Na Fianna 2.7 St Colmcilles 1.8
HT Na Fianna 0.4 St Colmcilles 1.4
Na Fianna started and finished strongest in a very closely fought game where both team’s defences set up to minimise scoring opportunities and forwards were given very little time on the ball.
Na Fianna were two points ahead by the 5th minute. Cilles then levelled the score with points from play for Hannah Tobin Jones and Cliona Smith. Four additional points were exchanged during regulation time, Cilles with two frees from Cliona and Lauren Collier. The highlight came in first-half injury time; Denise Burtenshaw received a pass from midfield wide on the left and drove at the Na Fianna backs. A series of passes among the Cilles forwards looked to have been stopped by a fine save from the Na Fianna keeper but Denise pounced on the loose ball for a goal. Cilles ahead by 1.4 to 0.4
The second half started with a bang as Na Fianna scored 1.1 and had their centre-back yellow carded in the first four minutes. Cilles impressive young wing-back Niamh O’Callaghan scored a fine point after pressing hard up the left wing in the 6th minute. Na Fianna replied with their second goal in the 10th minute with a well taken shot after strong running through the Cilles defence. In a tense last 5 minutes Cilles full back Anna Rothwell stopped what looked like a certain goal with a diving save to deflect the shot to safety. Despite pressing hard for a winning score in the last few moments Cilles could not break the Na Fianna defence and the game finished with a two-point margin for Na Fianna. Cilles last points came from Cliona Smith (2) and Aishling Dyer.
St Colmcilles team and scorers: Saoirse McPeake, Sabhin O’Sullivan, Anna Rothwell, Enya Carroll, Ashling O’Donnell (C), Ciara Daly, Niamh O’Callaghan, Orla Deegan, Natalie Davitt, Denise Burtenshaw (1.0), Hannah Tobin Jones (0.1); Grainne Rice, Emma Brophy, Lauren Collier (0.1f), Cliona Smith (0.4 (2f)). Subs: Hannah Connell (for Hannah Tobin Jones), Ashling Dyer (0.1) (for Orla Deegan), Tara McHugh (for Lauren Collier), Danielle Sweeney (for Enya Carroll), Ciara Kilcoyne, Tara Short