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Wicklow Championship Match Reports

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Senior Ladies championship Semi-finals.
Blessington 2.11 v Bray Emmets 0-4

Blessington blitzed their old enemy Bray Emmets in what was a very
one sided affair in Dunlavin on Sunday last, the Bray ladies had
no answer to Blessingtons determination to win ball throughout the
game, down 1-7 to a single point at the break, there would be no
way back for the Bray side in the second half. Blessingtons winning
margin of 13 points could have been greater only for a number of
point blank saves in the first and second halves of the game by
Brays keeper Christine Murphy. After an absence of a number of months,
the experienced Elaine Murphy was recalled in to the Blessington
side, and it was a move that payed off, Murphy dominated the midfield
area , supplying quality ball to Jessica Carroll, Jenny Foster,
Maura Reid and Grainne Ryan in the forward line. Blessington’s back
line of Marie Kavanagh, Brenda Kavanagh and Breda Reid also played
a big part in securing the win for the west Wicklow side, in particular
their center back Mary Whelan who ensured that her defensive wall
was not going to be breeched by Brays young forwards on the day.

Blessington will meet the winners of the second semi-final between
Arklow Geraldines/Ballymoney and Valleymount in the final on the
7th of August in the county grounds, Aughrim.
Blessington scorers: Jessica Carroll 0-4. Jenny Foster 0-3.
Elaine Murphy 1-1. Breda McEvoy 0-1. Marie Kavanagh 0-1. Niamh Ryan
0-1. Grainne Ryan 1-0.
Bray Emmets scorers: Mikaela Shelly 0-2. Aoife Heffernan
0-1. Niamh Coleman 0-1.
Referee. Eddie Craul

Focus Match
Arklow Geraldines/Ballymoney 3-8. Valleymount 2-5.

In their first year at senior level Arklow Geraldine Ballymoney
have booked their place in the Senior championship final against
championship favourites Blessington. In front of a large crowd in
Dunlavin, both sides put on a brilliant display of football, but
it was the Arklow girls who ran out eventual winners by a margin
of six points. Valleymounts top scorer Lizzie Brophy was first off
the mark, notching up a brace of points with in two minutes of the
throw in,Arklow quickly reacted to the threat from Brophy and assigned
wing back Nora O’Connell the task of shadowing the Valleymount number
13, O’Connells hard work ensured that Brophy only managed one point
for the remainder of the half. Having come through a tough first
round match against Carnew, the Arklow side were up for this game,
Ann Higgins pulled a point back in the fourth minute and then arklow
went in to the lead when Liz Fahy latch on to a well weighed pass
from Mary Forde to drive the ball past Mary Miley in the Valleymount

For the next nine minutes both side cancelled each other out, both
sides defences working extremely hard during this phase of the game,
Mary Miley made two point blank saves in succession to deny Arklow’s
midfielder Cathy Forde two goals in the tenth minute of the first
period, The stale mate was broken in the seventeenth minute,Valleymount’s
Janet Miley and Aisling hubbard worked the ball out of their defence
to Lizzie Brophy who notched up her third point of the half to put
three points between the sides,Arklow’s response came a minute later
from wing forward Sarah Forde, the Arklow girl run on to a quality
pass from Aisling Byrne to slot the ball over to put four points
between the sides. Arklow continued to press in the second quarter
of the half, and they were rewarded with three excellent scores
with out reply, Ann Higgins latched on to a Brenda Halligan pass
and jinked past a couple of defenders to slot the ball to the back
of the net, Higgins finished the half with a point two minute in
to injury time to give her side an eight point margin at the break.

Arklow were slow to come back on to the field for the restart, but
they were first on the score sheet, Liz Fahy popping a point over
from an impossible angle in the second minute of the half. Valleymount
fought back with a brace of points from Lizzie Brophy and Debbie
Green to pare Arklow’s lead back to six points. However as hard
as the west Wicklow side tried, they were unable to break down Arklow’s
defensive unit of Helen Hurley, Mary Furlong, Christine Byrne, supported
by Nora O’Connell, Naomi Ryder and center back Brenda Halligan,
who gave their all through out the game. The final quarter of the
game was probably the most tense time for both sides, while Arklow
were in control, the Valleymount side dug deep and were rewarded
with a goal in the twenty sixth minute after the Arklow keeper fail
to hold on to a well struck shot, and the final twist came three
minutes in to injury time when referee John Doran awarded Valleymount
a penalty for a foot block on Sheena Hubbard, the spot kick was
dispatched to the back of Tina Byrne’s net to finish the game.
Arklow 3-8 Valleymount 2-5.
Arklow Gers/Ballymoney scorers: Liz Fahy 2-3. Ann Higgins
1-2. Mary Forde 0-1. Cathy Forde 0-1. Sarah Forde 0-1.
Valleymount scorers: Lizzie brophy 1-4. Debbie Green 0-1.
Aishling Hubbard 1-0.
Referee. John Doran.

Junior championship finalists
Donard the Glen 3-1 Kilcoole 1-4

Donard the Glen had a three point victory over Kilcoole in Roundwood
to book their place in the junior championship final against Clara,
conditions on the day were far from ideal but the west Wicklow side
worked extremely hard for the win.Kilcoole will now go forward to
play in the B championship
Donard scorers: Vanessa Harney 3-0. Roisin Toomey 0-1.
Kilcoole scorers: Eithne Byrne 1-2. Pamela Maher 0-2.

Michael Forde. 10 Lamberton Heights Arklow. Co Wicklow. PRO Wicklow
ladies football.

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