Saturday 18 November 2017

Davidstown Deliver

Davidstown-C'cuddy 2-8 Blackwater 2-6

Una Sinnott at St Patrick's Park

Joint captains Chloe Power and Sarah Martin accepting the cup from Denis Nolan
Joint captains Chloe Power and Sarah Martin accepting the cup from Denis Nolan
The Junior 'B' championship-winning squad from Davidstown-Courtnacuddy
The runners-up from St. Brigid's (Blackwater)

Eimear O'Shea was quick off the mark for Davidstown-Courtnacuddy in the opening quarter of the ladies' football Junior 'B' championship final held in St. Patrick's Park, Enniscorthy, recently.

Her quick moves in the forward line saw her secure the first point before the star forward on view, Lauren Sinnott, dodged around Blackwater's Marie Sutton to find the top of the net.

This superb goal from Sinnott brought her side four points clear and their surge didn't end there. Sinnott followed up with another two points and Carrie Power added her name to the scoresheet with a point too.

Blackwater needed an answer and they needed one fast. Hope did emerge for the green and gold ladies, however, as a much-needed goal was delivered by Julia Molloy and this immediately brought them back into contention. Aisling Berry claimed a point before O'Shea did likewise for the opposition.

A famine of scores was experienced by both sides before Grace Mernagh scored the point of the match with her high kick. With three points between them at the break, the game was anyone's for the taking in the second-half.

Emma Berry brought the gap down to two points, but Davidstown-Courtnacuddy's Carrie Power secured a fabulous point in reply.

A breakthrough came from Julia Molloy in the fifth minute of the half when her determined solo run saw her break through the red and yellow defence and claim an incredible goal. The sides were now level for the first time.

Aisling Berry's goal shot was saved by Chloe Power but went over the bar to leave Blackwater ahead for the first time.

Proceedings were level again, however, as Sinnott raised the white flag, and Grace Mernagh added to her team-mate's effort by capitalising on a dead-ball.

Some wides didn't help Blackwater's cause at this stage and, with tensions getting very high, a lingering ball from Davidstown-Courtnacuddy fell into the path of Carrie Power who palmed it the ball to the net and her side had a new lease of life.

With Julia Molloy sent-off with ten minutes remaining, Blackwater had no one accurate enough to make the most of critical balls. Maura Molloy and Yvonne Power did score a point each, however, leaving two between the sides with seconds remaining.

The clock ticked by and Davidstown-Courtnacuddy managed to hold onto their deserving lead, leaving them the victors of the Junior 'B' ladies football championship for 2017.

Davidstown-Courtnacuddy: Chloe Power; Ellie Jevens, Sarah Martin, Ceona Dunne; Coley Furlong, Blathnaid Watters, Mairéad Crean; Annalise Crean, Eimear O'Shea (0-3); Jade Power, Carrie Power (1-1), Elaine Keane; Lauren Sinnott (1-2, 0-1 free), Kelley Doyle, Grace Mernagh (0-2). Sub. - Holly Kelly for Jevens.

Blackwater: Marie Sutton; Isobel Carroll, Niamh O'Brien, Erin Fikentscher; Lucy Purcell, Katie Lillis, Yvonne Power (0-1); Andrea Power, Caitríona Roche; Emma Berry (0-1), Katie McGuinness, Maura Molloy (0-1); Julia Molloy (2-1), Aisling Berry (0-2), Hannah Carroll. Subs. - Aisling Byrne for H. Carroll, Aisling Kelly for Purcell, Bernice Murphy for I. Carroll.

Referee: Billy Dodd (Sarsfields).

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