Match Report 2010 Minor B Final Athy v Kilcock

Date: Saturday 12th March 2011 Time: 3 PM

Athy 7 – 10

Kilcock 2– 6

By Tom Ryan

Athy followed up on their Minor D and Minor C Championships they convincingly won the 2010 Minor B Championship in Milltown last Saturday. They got off to a great start after Kilcock were just short with an early free. Michaela Hubbock drove up the middle and placed Ciara Fingleton for a 4th minute goal and soon after Missy Nolan did the corner forwards dirty job stationed on the end line as a long free was set to drift wide.
Missy caught high and cut inside to find the net from a very tight angle. Athy had added 4 points to just one in reply when Athy struck for another brace after 20 minutes and on both occasions Emma Jane O’Shea in the Kilcock goals could be deemed totally out of luck. When Michaela Hubbock came storming through and powered a high shot Emma Jane did brilliantly to parry the effort only to see the ball drop back to the centre half forward to toe poke home. When Ciara Fingleton blasted low off a post Missy Nolan powered the rebound goalwards only to see the goalkeeper go full length to push the shot away but Ciara Fingleton was on hand to volley in the goal.

Adrift by 17 points at the break Kilcock came flying out of the blocks on the restart with 3 quick points only to be hit with a counter punch as Orla Moran made ground from her own half and Emer Farrell picked out Aoibheann Kelly who fired home. Kilcock replied with a goal of their own as Caoimhe Fagan-Hynes cut through the middle and laid off to Grace White to blast a great goal but Athy killed off the game with another brace, both by corner forward Aoibhin Kelly to complete a fine hatrick.

While Athy failed to add to their tally in the final 10 minutes they confined Kilcock to a Joanne Mulligan point and a Louise Keane penalty, planted high to the corner of the net. Athy had to defend in depth as Katie Devine and Caoimhe Fagan-Hynes drove their side forward but some of the Athy defending was a mite too much for the liking of Referee Garryowen McMahon who brandished 3 Yellow Cards, all to Athy players.

Athy were more than happy to have Niamh O’Brien and Ciara Fingleton home from their University studies in the UK and both impressed with Niamh helping team Captain Michelle Foley dominate midfield while full forward Ciara was more than a handful for the Kilcock defence, helping herself to 2 goals and claiming an assist in 2 others. Athy had excellent performers all over the park with Clair Purcell showing a cool head and a safe pair of hands between the posts while the Mackey sisters, Ciara and Shauna with Patriona Bolger and Niamh McEvoy were solid in defence. Emer Farrell and Orla Moran were flying wingers as Michaela Hubbock starred at centre forward and Missy Nolan was effective in the corner and did a fine job in defence when a colleague had a 10 minute enforced rest.

Kilcock fought to the end with even full back Katie Devine joining the attack in the final quarter Emma Jane O’Shea and half backs Yvonne Leonard and Emma Maguire.
Emily Milner battled bravely at midfield until forced off with an injury while alongside Caoimhe Fagan-Hynes impressed all through and had a stormer in the second half. In a forward division that were a bit too young and small Emma Robinson, Joanne Mulligan and Grace White caused most problems while Louise Keane was an accurate place kicker and fairly planted her penalty chance.

Athy team: Clair Purcell, Amy Mulhall, Ciara Mackey, Laura Fennin, Shauna Mackey, Patriona Bolger (0-1), Niamh McEvoy, Michelle Foley (Capt) (0-1), Niamh O’Brien, Eimear Farrell (0-1), Michaela Hubbock (1-5), Orla Moran (0-2),Aoibhín Kelly (3-0),
Ciara Fingleton (2-2), Missy Nolan (1-1).
Subs: Aishling Kelly for A Kelly (55 min), Jodie Black for A Mulhalll (57 min) and Rachel Fennin for L Fennin (58 min)

Kilcock team: Emma J O’Shea, Ciara Leonard, Katie Devine, Emma Maguire, Niamh Kelly, Yvonne Leonard, Ashling O’Connor, Emily Milner, Caoimhe Fagan Hynes, Laura O’Neill, Emma Robinson, Joanna Mulligan (0-2), Andrea McGrath, Grace White (1-1),
Louise Keane (1-3).
Subs: Derbhle Mulvihill for L O’Neill (49 min), Care King for N Kelly (51 min) and Shannon Farrell for E Maguire (55 min)

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