Our Junior C ladies team took to an overcast pitch in Slane on Monday night in a bid to secure the top spot in Group B. Morale was high following a strong performance against Seneschalstown in the previous game.
St Colmcilles started well, claiming the opening point of the game. It was tightly contested from the get-go with only a point separating the two sides as the Cilles led 0.4 to 0.3 at the first water break.
Rathkenny-Slane got the first point of the second quarter, but the away side responded quickly with a point of their own. The seasiders were forced into an early change when Cliodhna Cairns was switched for Naoife Lenihan who came off with an injury (speedy recovery Naoife!). The Cilles ladies showed great fight with scores coming from players all over the pitch. The suspense continued as Rathkenny-Slane scored a goal, putting them ahead before half-time (1.7 to 0.8).
The Cilles ladies did not let this dampen their spirits and came out fighting once again in the second half. Patient Cilles play was rewarded by a converted free following a shoulder on Aisling Haigney. The sin-bin for the home side halted what looked to be a very promising Cilles attack. A turned over kickout resulted in the Cilles full forward directing the ball towards the goal. In the absence of goal-line technology, umpire, Ollie, re-enacted the events (we’re expecting his Oscar nomination soon!), but the scoreboard remained unchanged. Physio, TJ, was preparing the AED for Mark as the Cilles hit the crossbar and the Cilles keeper was then called upon to make a classy save.
The Cilles ladies made superb use of the extra player with quick passing earning them a goal three minutes before the second-half water break to retake the lead. (1.09 to 1.10)
Both teams resumed the final quarter with 15 players each and fresh legs were introduced showing the depth of the Cilles panel. Rathkenny-Slane hit the crossbar in an effort that would have given them the lead, which was then followed by a Cilles penalty being well saved. Rathkenny-Slane had the momentum for the final moments of this nail-biting affair but brave defending from every one of the St Colmcilles players meant that the seasiders edged out by the finest of margins. The only thing more tense than this match was wondering if Pat Haigney would be reduced to tears (like a certain u15 final)! The final score was 1.12 to 1.11 which means that the Cilles ladies topped the group and will play in a home semi-final vs Kilbride on September 3rd.
Best wishes to Sabhín O’Sullivan who played her final game of the season as she will be travelling abroad. Although Greg opened up the competition for your jersey while you were still wearing it, we will all miss you!
Match Report and photographs by the Uber talented McPeake Media Sisters. Deadly on the pitch, creative off it!
Thank you Caoimhe and Saorise!!!