St Forcherns hold on for a 4 point win

St Forchern’s hold out for a 4 point victory


The floodlights were on last Wednesday night
in Crettyard, it was the performances of Carlow women’s champions
St Forcherns and Kilkenny representatives Railyard which illuminated
the Laois venue for this VHI Leinster intermediate women’s
football semi-final. Ten members of the St Forcherns team
and nine members of the Railyard team had featured in this
years (intercounty) Leinster final which Carlow won with an
injury time goal. Kilkenny savoured all Ireland success through
the All Ireland series however. These summer and early autumn
encounters and exploits upped the ante in motivational terms
in advance of this clash. The game began at a ferociously
quick pace indeed one wondered could it last. Right to the
end this game challenged the neck muscles of even the must
supple supporter such was the speed and determination of two
well prepared sides. In all the game produced four goals two
of which were of huge quality. The saints’ Mairead Hogan was
the first to rattle the rigging intercepting brilliantly and
then driving home the ball. The experienced Hogan put the
Fenagh / Ballinkillen women a clear six points to the good
as joint managers Carmel Meaney and Christy O’Neill were preparing
the halftime chat. (halftime St Forcherns 1-6 Railyard 0-3)
The champions of the Marble county will no doubt have been
reminded (at halftime) of their seven wides in the opening
period .The Cats did shoot three points the first within a
staggering 25 seconds from the galloping boot of Catriona
Grace, Alice Farrell and teenage star Marie Dargan made up
the quota. Eilish Meaney hit a pair of points for the Saints
including one from a most improbable angle two minutes before
Hogan’s goal. The pick of the carlow girls remaining opening
period points came form the boot of the pacey Lisa Miley seven
minutes in (to the game).

Miley’s next effort though on twenty three minutes was controversially
disallowed after consultations between the Dublin referee
and his umpires Carlow found the net again compliments of
an Eilish Meaney Penalty three minutes into part two of the
contest. Railyard responded with a goal of their own. Marie
Dargan lobbing successfully from thirty meters. Saints substitute
Margaret Murphy hit the games choicest point after ten second
half minutes, her huge effort from almost forty meters showed
drew gasps of amazement from the crowd in the well appointed
stand .Murphy’s white flag put Forcherns five points in front
and Railyard continued to attack with pace and with numbers.

Jenny Kelly’s experience proved vital when diving at full
stretch to prevent a second goal for the yard with a quarter
hour remaining. The yard attacked some more, Dargan pointed
again but frustration must have been setting in as five promising
chances were wasted. Five minutes remained; four points separated
the teams when veteran forward Niamh Dobbs scored a goal as
good as she has ever done. Gathering at forty meters the county
teams substitute keeper powered home from thirty five or so
meters.(St Forcherns 3-7 Railyard 1-6).

Dargan pointed a further three times before the end – but
the goal the cats craved never came. St Forcherns held on
for a four point victory (3-7 to 1-9).The Carlow champions
will revisit Crettyard next Saturday for a Leinster final
clash with Lilywhite champions Eadestown, the short grass
women have proven All Ireland and Provincial credentials.

St Forcherns look more balanced than when last they reached
the Leinster penultimate stage.

St Forcherns captain
Aoife Kane
The Carlow champions have plenty of talent,
having beaten the Dublin ,Westmeath and Kilkenny champions
enroute to the final they must believe that they can become
provincial champions . St Forcherns : Jenny ONeill,Georgina
Coleman,Aine Kinsella ,Mary Brooks, Maria Kinsella,Regina
McDonald,Aoife Kane Maria Kinsella,Laura Corrigan,Catriona
Corcoran, Teresa Meaney 0-1 ,Mairead Hogan 1-0, Kellie Dalton
0-2 Lisa Miley 0-1, ,Niamh Dobbs 1-0,Eilish Meaney 1-2. Subs
used Debra Foley and Mag Murphy 0-1. The VHI Leinster womens
intermediate club championship final takes place in Crettyard
next Saturday at 2pm .



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