Down Ladies Junior Championship Report


Down Ladies Junior Championship Final Report


Down Ladies Junior Championship Final

Downpatrick RGU at 3pm – Sunday 2nd September

Kilcoo 2-10 Rostrevor 6-02

The Rostrevor Ladies team survived a last minute scare to
clinch their first Ladies Junior Championship title. Playing
in front of a bumper crowd in Downpatrick, a determined Kilcoo
side pushed Rostrevor to the end, scoring a goal and hitting
the post with minutes to go but the reds recovered their composure
to win by four, delighting their many fans. Kilcoo were first
to get off the mark, with a point from nippy half forward
Kylie Doherty. Rostrevor equalled matters quite quickly with
an excellent score from in front of the posts from Natashya
Daryaie. That was to be their only score of the half, a fact
that mattered little as they went on a goal scoring run. Goals
from former Down All Ireland winner Brenda Russell and corner
forward Aisling McGeough gave them the upper hand although
Kilcoo did respond well with a trio of scores from midfielder
Leon Doherty, who notched up an impressive 1-3 in the first
half. With half time approaching, Rostrevor’s Aisling McGeough
popped up in front of goal to fire the ball into the top left
hand corner.

The Rostrevor score sheet was propped up well by their back
line, particularly full back Teresa Parr who made two goal
saving blocks in the half, and Danielle Sherry who held the
line well from half back.

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Half time, Kilcoo 1-6 Rostrvevor 4-1

It was the reds who came out of the blocks quicker in the second
half. From the throw in, Carina Gannon found her midfield partner
Rosie Markey who hit a great through ball to Aisling McGeough.
The forward struck the ball low at the ‘keeper’s feet, who was
unlucky not to be able to hold on to the ball in the slippy conditions,
as it rolled into the net. Rostrevor followed this with a number
of point chances, which fell into keeper Roisin McGreevy’s hands,
who cleared the danger well. Rostrevor came close to getting on
the score sheet again as a long ball in from Russell dipped under
the crossbar, only for a square ball decision to be awarded. To
their credit, the young Kilcoo team came back into the game, with
the excellent Cara Laverty making several excellent solo runs.
Kilcoo’s excellent midfielder Leon Doherty continued her impressive
play into the second half, causing difficulties for the Rostrevor
defence. A strong run into the fourteen yard line resulted in
a goal attempt, well blocked by the blanket Rostrevor defence.
However, a resulting foul gave centre half forward Catriona Devlin
the opportunity to score, which she duly did. Kilcoo continued
to press forward, with Iona McEvoy showing well on the wing. A
Rostrevor point from Ann Marie Reilly was quickly cancelled out
as Cara Laverty drove forward and found McEvoy. A free awarded
for a foul on her was converted by the reliable Doherty.

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Probably the turning point of the half came from captain Brenda
Russell. She thumped the ball from 35 yards and while it looked
to be heading over the bar, it dipped at the last minute just
below the crossbar giving the Kilcoo Keeper no chance. Kilcoo
didn’t give up though, clawing back another point through a free
from Doherty to reduce the gap to eight points. With just five
minutes remaining, Kylie Doherty took possession of the ball on
her own half back line. She took off on a solo run right up to
the opposition’s fourteen-yard line, where she hit probably the
score of the day. With seven between them, Kilcoo again attacked
through a goal effort from Doherty which was well blocked by Teresa
Parr. Doherty did claim her goal though, as their next attack
saw her belt the ball to the top corner of the net, testing both
the net and the nerves of both team’s supporters. With four between
them and three minutes left, Kilcoo pushed forward again only
to see another great goal effort rebound off the post to safety.
With their chance seemingly gone, the Rostrevor team regained
their composure. A foul on Russell in the middle of the field
saw them calm the nerves and play the ball to the corner using
up the last seconds.

While the game was eventually won by four points, they were mightily
relieved to hear referee Frank McMullan’s final whistle, giving
them the title. Final Score Kilcoo 2-10 Rostrevor 6-02. Great
credit must go to both teams for a highly entertaining game of
football. Their achievements in reaching the final were all the
more impressive as both teams only joined the ladies league earlier
this year. Most impressive for Rostrevor were forwards Aisling
McGeough and Brenda Russell while credit goes to their backs,
particularly Danielle Sherry and Teresa Parr for keeping them
always that step ahead on the score sheet. The Kilcoo team can
be very proud of their first championship final outing. Forwards
Catriona Devlin, Cara Laverty and Kylie Doherty were excellent
while midfielder Leon Doherty deserved a winner’s medal for a
tremendous personal tally of 2-5.

Rostrevor: Kerri-Anne Magee, Stephanie McConville, Teresa Parr,
Colleen Magee, Siobhan Magee, Danielle Sherry, Siofra Mooney,
Rosie Markey, Carina Gannon, Claire Daly, Brenda Russell (Captain),
Anne-Marie Reilly, Tracey Rice, Natasha Daryaie, Aisling McGeough.
Subs used: Aideen Collins

Kilcoo: Roisin McGreevy, Deirdre McEvoy, Noreen Brogan, Sarah
Grant, Michelle Boden (Captain), Fiona McNeill, Niamh O’Higgins,
Leon Doherty, Elaine McNeill, Emma McNeill, Catriona Devlin, Kylie
Doherty, Tierna Carlin, Orlaith Clarke, Cara Laverty Michelle


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