James' ladies go Senior for first time ever
Ladies' IFC Replay
St. James' will play Senior ladies' football in Wexford for the first time ever after they defeated St. Martin's in the Intermediate final replay in Innovate Wexford Park.
St.James' 3-9 St.Martin's 1-8
Strong spells in the final quarter of both the first- and second-half were crucial in the win, with Danielle Odham the girl in the right place on two occasions to find the net as the Jimmies collected the honours.
After an exciting contest a week earlier in Taghmon, everyone hoped for a repeat. And to be fair to both sides, they gave their all again with the wider pitch suiting St. James' running attacking game.
As a result, Aoife McAuliffe was again called on numerous times to produce top-drawer saves from the off in this contest.
Catherine Doyle opened the scoring for St. James' after a minute from a free, before McAuliffe got down well to deny Jane Ryan. Free running midfielder Kellie Mullan then topped up St. James' lead with another point.
Aoife Waters got St. Martin's on the board with a point after a one-two with Rachel Bridges, before a high ball in by Bridges was flicked to the St. James' net by the eagle-eyed Ellen Barrett.
Catherine Doyle settled St. James' again with a point from a free in front of goal, before Amy Cardiff scored another St. Martin's point as they led by 1-2 to 0-3 at the end of the first quarter.
St. James' introduced Sonja Murphy, a player who only returned from four years in America on the previous Wednesday, and she made a fine contribution on her return game. Catherine Doyle was faultless in front of goal from frees, chipping over two more to level the sides. Kellie Mullan put the girls in green back in front when she carved a point after a fine solo up the middle, and when her goalbound effort was saved by Aoife McAuliffe, Danielle Odham was the poacher in the square who finished a goal to give St. James' a 1-6 to 1-2 half-time lead.
St. Martin's started the second-half meaning business and had three points on the board inside six minutes, with Rachel Bridges pointing twice and Amy Cardiff grabbing her second.
However, their players - playing a fourth game in twelve days - were coming under pressure from a fresher looking St. James' who pointed through Kellie Mullan. Better followed for the Ramsgrange side when Sonja Murphy's shot came back off the post to see Danielle Odham fire home.
To compound matters St. Martin's lost a player to the sin-bin before Catherine Doyle and Aoife Waters added points from frees. With nine minutes left the game was up as Kellie Mullan goaled after being set up by Catherine Doyle.
St. Martin's never gave up and points from Eleanor Kehoe and Rachel Bridges came before the end, but they never got the goal they needed as Catherine Doyle added the final point late on.
St. James': Emily Doyle; Eimear Lyons, Bridget McDonald, Carmel Wallace; Aine Furlong, Méabh Kehoe, Cáit Hayes; Aisling Mullan, Kellie Mullan (1-3); Tara Walsh, Bríd Kehoe, Laura Butler; Danielle Odham (2-0), Jane Ryan, Catherine Doyle (0-6, 5 frees). Subs. - Sonja Murphy for Lyons, also Bríd Doyle, Ali Staats, Eimear Murphy, Fiona Mowatt, Siobhán Ryan, Chloe O'Hanlon, Aoibheann Ryan, Lisa Doyle, Leanne Foley, Shauna Odham, Niamh Foley, Kellie Walsh, Lauren Freeman, Sarah Hearne.
St. Martin's: Aoife McAuliffe; Eimear O'Brien, Lauren Carty, Caoimhe Dunne; Aisling Cronin, Katie O'Connor, Elsa McDermott; Lesley Bates, Mary Carroll; Ellen Barrett (1-0), Aoife Waters (0-2, 1 free), Marie Claire Morrissey; Muireann Byrne, Rachel Bridges (0-3), Amy Cardiff (0-2). Subs. - Eleanor Kehoe (0-1) for Carroll, Lisa Firman for Byrne, Kate Devereux for Barrett, also Rachel Kehoe, Katie Lawlor, Caoimhe Dunne, Rosie Nolan, Rachel Cantwell, Chloe Ennis, Gabrielle Clarkson, Jane Barrett, Aisling McAuliffe, Ruth Bowe, Niamh Boggan, Shannon Meade, Gráinne Waters.
Referee: Barry Redmond (Clonard).