Kilbride and Clann ladies back on title trail on Friday night

 

 

 

 

Abbey Hotel Roscommon LGFA Senior Championship Final

 

Kilbride 3-3

 

Clann na ngael 0-12

  

Kilbride and Clann na nGael will have to do it all over again after a pulsating game left nothing between the sides by the final whistle last Saturday evening in Kiltoom. Both sides will take positives from the game, however both management teams will know that there are plenty of areas they can improve on for the replay.

  Clann na nGael started the brighter of the two teams and a well-taken point from Ciara Quinn opened the scoring in the third minute. Kilbride will probably be disappointed with how they started the game, however Tara Taylor did get them off the mark after five minutes of action. Clann dominated possession in the opening quarter but it will be a real frustration for them that they didn’t make use of that dominance, with several wides and dropped shots into the arms of Kilbride ‘keeper Amanda Gavigan. At least Caoimhe Lennon got a point for Clann during this dominant spell of play.

  Kilbride were starting to get to the pitch of the game midway into the first half and after some good build-up play, the ball found its way to the unmarked Eilish Fannon and she made no mistake, hitting a powerful shot past Martina O’Brien.

  Points from Ruth Finlass and Róise Lennon brought the game back level after 20 minutes of action. However, Kilbride were coming more and more into the game at this stage. Fiona Tully put Kilbride back in front with a nicely-taken point before Kilbride hit Clann with another blow. Good play from Siobhan Tully saw her drive into the Clann penalty area and she managed to pick out Sinead Clabby who was left with the easy task of putting the ball into the Clann net from close range. Clann reduced the deficit by two before the end of the half with points from Caoimhe Quinn and Róise Lennon.

  The second half started like the first began – however Clann were able to maintain their dominance for a far greater period in this half. Ruth Finlass opened their second-half account within 20 seconds, and that set the tone for what was to come for the rest of the half. Points from Róise Lennon and Kayleigh Dunning left Clann leading by a point after 35 minutes of play. But as in the first half Clann were wasteful at times and will be disappointed that they didn’t kick on and put the game out of Kilbride’s reach.

  There was a lengthy stoppage of play midway through the second half due to an injury to Clann defender Ellie Hewitt. It took the players a few minutes to get back up to the pace of the game. Two Róise Lennon points left Clann three points up with a couple of minutes of normal time remaining. However, Kilbride showed why they have been champions for the past three years, coming back when they were seemingly out of the game. A high ball was sent in towards Kilbride forward Niamh Shanagher and from a tight angle she manged to get her hand to the ball before Martina O’Brien in the Clann goal to send the ball into the net. There was a tense finish to the game but both sides were only able to add one more point to their tally. Saoirse McManus put Clann ahead but shortly after that a converted Tara Taylor free meant that the sides will have to go to battle again next Friday night in Ballyforan.

 

Kilbride: Amanda Gavigan; Ciara Taylor, Yvonne Creighton, Maire Lohan; Aoife Feely, Rochelle Mullaney, Jennifer Fannon; Eilish Fannon (1-0), Alice Kelly; Siobhan Tully, Tara Taylor (0-2, 1 free), Corina Gormley; Sinead Clabby (1-0), Fiona Tully (0-1), Niamh Shanagher (1-0).

Subs used: Blaithin O’Beirne for Lohan (50), Aisling Hanly for C Taylor (68).

 

Clann na nGael: Martina O’Brien; Ellie Hewitt, Kelley Colgan, Kimberley Finlass; Megan Kelly, Aine Connaughton, Shauna Bannon; Ruth Finlass (0-2), Orla O’Neill; Róise Lennon (0-5, 2 frees), Sinead Farrell, Caoimhe Lennon (0-1); Ciara Quinn (0-2), Danielle Greasley, Kayleigh Dunning (0-1).

Subs used: Saoirse McManus (0-1) for Greasley (36), Emma Kildea for Hewitt (47).

 

Referee: Paul Fahy.

Wides: Kilbride 4 Clann na nGael 7

Player of the Match: Ruth Finlass

                                    (Clann na nGael)