Bunclody win a top contest
Late rally stuns Horeswood
HWH-Bunclody ended the ladies' football Under-14 Division 1 championship final with a run of 1-4 without reply to edge out a gallant Horeswood and take the trophy in St. Patrick's Park.
HWH-Bunclody 3-12 Horeswood 2-08
With the game tied at 2-8 each with three minutes of normal time remaining, the victor was anything but certain.
Horeswood had battled back from 2-8 to 0-6 down after seven minutes of the second-half to draw level entering the last ten.
However, they just ran out of steam after the monumental effort exerted to drag themselves back to parity and Bunclody weren't going to let the title slip out of their grasp.
There wasn't a great deal between the two sides.
Both defences played superbly, with just five goals going in a testament to that.
Yet the forwards looked dangerous too and, while Bunclody probably had more depth, 15 wides after some poor shot choices halted their progress.
In Eadaoin Kent, Horeswood probably possessed the most dangerous player on the field. When her ideal foil, Amy Ennis, started to motor in the second-half they were a joy to watch, breaking with pace and precision down the left wing.
Ennis was involved in the opening score, picked off by Sarah Foley in the second minute. Bunclody slowly settled and, after Muireann Doyle pointed, Aoife Mahon finished well past Molly Crowdle, after a fine Deirbhile Ní Cheallaigh pass, to make it 1-1 to 0-1.
Mahon and Doyle added further points before Crowdle saved from the former as Bunclody pressured. Yet Horeswood responded with the next pair of scores from Kent and Kate Foley to leave just three between the sides.
While Doyle and Rachel Murphy (two) pointed, Bunclody missed several chances to further enhance their lead. Kent gave her side hope on the stroke of half-time, scoring a classy point to leave five in it at the interval (1-6 to 0-4).
A Kent brace right after the turnaround gave her side hope that seemed to be snatched away minutes later. Róisín O'Sullivan created the goal that Muireann Doyle scored and it was followed by points from Lisa Kelly and Ola Bialko.
Leading by eight points, Bunclody looked comfortable. However, Horeswood are made of solid stuff and responded with 2-2 in a ten-minute spell to level the game. Suddenly they were winning individual battles all over the field as confidence oozed from the New Ross District club.
Kent started the comeback with a point that was quickly followed by a fantastic finish to the net from a tight angle by Sarah Foley. Amy Ennis put a goal between the sides and was involved again when Kent broke through and thumped high to the net past Jasmine Dundon.
Eight minutes elapsed before Aisling Cowman pointed in the 57th minute to give Bunclody the lead. It broke the Horeswood resistance as points from Doyle (two) and Tracey Furlong were followed by a clinching goal from a free from Aoife Mahon as Bunclody took the trophy.
HWH-Bunclody: Jasmine Dundon; Naomi Kavanagh, Tracey Furlong (0-1), Rachel Kehoe; Yvonne Kelly, Kayla Nolan (capt.), Rebecca Murphy; Rachel Murphy (0-2), Maeve Sinnott; Lisa Kelly (0-1), Deirbhile Ní Cheallaigh, Róisín O'Sullivan; Ola Bialko (0-1), Aoife Mahon (1-2, 1-1 frees), Muireann Doyle (2-4). Subs. - Aisling Cowman (0-1) for O'Sullivan (51), also Laoise Kearney, Rachel Rothwell, Jacqui Kehoe, Leah Morris, Rebecca O'Neill, Catherine O'Connor, Rebecca O'Connor, Aoife Murphy.
Horeswood: Molly Crowdle; Yvonne Murphy-Walsh, Katie Kehoe, Emer Hunt; Sinéad Clancy, Kathryn Dempsey, Jade Cleere; Michelle Kinsella, Kate Foley (capt., 0-1 free); Amy Cummins, Eadaoin Kent (1-5), Amy Ennis (0-1); Hannah Chapman, Annie Rose Lyng, Sarah Foley (1-1). Subs. - Ciara Walsh for Lyng (31), Mai Dempsey for Chapman (41), also Moira Somers.
Referee: Billy Dodd (Sarsfields).