Ferns make good start to women's league

Published 22/09/2015 | 00:00

Nicola Sinnott in action for Wexford Youths Women in their 4-0 shield win over Kilkenny United. They will meet UCD Waves in the cup quarter-final in Jackson Park on Sunday at 2pm
Nicola Sinnott in action for Wexford Youths Women in their 4-0 shield win over Kilkenny United. They will meet UCD Waves in the cup quarter-final in Jackson Park on Sunday at 2pm

Seaview United 1, Ferns United 3: Ferns got their Women's Premier Division season off to a winning start when they came away from Seaview with the three points in a game that was much closer than the scoreline suggests.

The away team's ability to find the net saw them grab victory, with Rachel Collier, Lisa Brady and Leona Breen all on target, while Fiona Rowe scored for the home side.

Killenagh Wanderers 1, Benfica 2: The home team will rue their missed chances as they created enough to have taken at least a point from this game against a determined Benfica side.

Leanne Naughter gave Killenagh the lead after dominating the first-half but Benfica showed why they are one of the league's most successful sides as they battled back to take all three points courtesy of two Leanne O'Reilly goals.

Cloughbawn 4, Piltown 1: A young Cloughbawn side opened their Division 2A season with a win over new club Piltown, eventually running out 4-1 winners.

Maura Cliffe scored the Kilkenny side's first goal in the league but two goals each from Amy Banville and Emma Clarke gave the home side all three points.

Moyne Rangers 7, Bree United 3: The home side continued their excellent league form as they took up where they left off last season and ran out 7-3 winners against Bree.

Siobhán Grant-Moorehead, Nicola Davitt and Chloe Bates all scored two each with Megan O'Shea also finding the net.

Camolin Celtic 5, St. Joseph's 2: St. Joseph's travelled to Camolin understrength and found the home team just too strong.

Kelsey Reid and Emer O'Leary were on target for the visitors but goals from Gemma Kehoe (three), Katie Kehoe and Megan Murray gave Camolin a winning start to the season.

Cloughbawn 'B' 3, St. Cormac's 0: Cloughbawn's second string also made it a good day for the club as they opened their Division 2B season with a 3-0 win over St. Cormac's.

Jessica Martin, Joanne Kennedy and Tara Somers all scored to give the home side all three points.

Fastnet Rovers 2, Courtown Hibs 4: After a dismal season last year when they failed to pick up a point, Courtown Hibs put all that behind them as they opened with an away win.

Amy Cleary and Lorraine Breen were on target for Rovers but goals from Gillian Synnott, Donna O'Brien (two) and Lauren Ramsey gave Hibs victory.

Tombrack United 2, Ajax Athletic 0: The home side opened their campaign with a win when they had to work hard to break down a determined Ajax side.

A first-half goal from a Sinéad Ryan corner and a second-half goal from her sister, Ciara, saw Tombrack take all three points.

Rosslare Rangers 2, Stoney Rovers 0: With the arrival of some of the Rosslare Strand players at Rangers, they could be a team to challenge for honours this season and they opened with a win against new club Stoney Rovers. Lauren Barry scored both goals for the home side.

This season's schoolgirls' Under-10 league will see all teams play each other once at regional level and then, depending on their finishing position in the regional division, they will be placed in a division of their own standard where they will play all other teams once to decide divisional winners.

It was a bad week for women's soccer with the withdrawal of two teams from the league, one from the Premier Division and one from Division 1, leaving just six in each division. North End were unable to pull together sufficient numbers to compete while Castledockrell United found themselves in a similar situation in Division 1.

To make up for the lack of fixtures, the league officials are looking at the possibility of an extra competition mid-season between these two divisions only.

Entry forms for Leinster competitions will be sent out to all clubs in the coming days for provincial cups at Under-12, -14, -16, -18 and women. The closing date is October 10.

If anyone has any issues obtaining a form they can contact the league on 087-2697074 or pdoyle0607@gmail.com

Entry forms are also available for F.A.I. Under-14 and Under-16 cups and must be returned by October 2. Forms can be obtained from the above e-mail address and, just to clarify, the Leinster and F.A.I. competitions are two separate competitions.

The weekend of October 2 will see the league's Under-12 squad travel to Dublin to take part in the inaugural inter-league tournament, with a possible day out in the Aviva Stadium for the winners.

Manager Tommy Gaynor has been hard at work preparing a 16-member squad.

The squad selected is: Grace Roche (Wexford Youths), Leonie Ward (Courtown Hibs), Nadine Fortune (Wexford Youths), Aoife Burke (All Blacks), Aoife Codd (Ballindaggin), Amy Robertson (Courtown Hibs), Seren Ward (All Blacks), Aoife Cullen (St. Leonards), Emma Lynch (Courtown Hibs), Ella Maree (Courtown Hibs), Edel Kehoe (St. Joseph's), Lauren McLoughlin (Forth Celtic), Aimee Bates-Crosbie (Kilmore United), Aisling O'Sullivan (Wexford Celtic), Jean Kavanagh-Doyle (Courtown Hibs), Holly Meehan (St. Cormac's).

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