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Friday 22 August 2014

Parkville secure Division 2 title

Published 29/04/2014 | 05:24

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In 2012 in Parkville United, the ladies of Tullow and the surrounding areas got together in an attempt to field a women's team. Things didn't go very well in their first ever match and a huge beating at the hands of could have turned the girls away, especially with a staggering 26-0 score line.

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However, less than two seasons later and the same ladies, with one or two new additions, claimed back to back promotions winning the Women's Division 3 in their first term and last Sunday they did just enough at St. Anne's in Ballylynan to earn a draw and ultimately claim the Division 2 title.

To put that in perspective, imagine if Crawley Town, in League One in England were about to take their place in the Premiership next year, it's unthinkable stuff in reality, the stuff of Disney movies, and yet, under the management of Padraig Rooney in their first year and Tony Doran in the season just gone, that's exactly what the ladies in Parkville have done.

On Sunday Parkville left the county boundary to take on St. Anne's knowing that a point would be enough to seal a historic title. Having beaten St. Anne's 5-2 in the home game just a few months previous you'd be forgiven for thinking the return game would be a walk in the park but some slight nerves coupled with a St. Anne's outfit out for revenge meant that the game was no easy affair.

St. Anne's threatened to spoil the party very late on only for a super save by Martina Tobin to save the day after Parkville had lost possession in their own half. However, other than that the Laois side barely created a chance and had to rely on corners in either half to even come close to another goal scoring threat.

At the other end, Parkville were just about as rampant as ever, with top scorer, Leanne Tumelty, unlucky on a couple of occasions, while her partner up front, Elaine Keogh, also should have had the ball in the net only to be denied by the Laois net minder.

Sarah Hobson put on an exceptional display in the centre of the park aided by trusty lieutenants Emma Butler and Helen Hobson. The latter lady had to be substituted for Maggie Kelly who, alongside Sabrina D'Arcy, Tish Byrne and Ciara Nolan, defended like Trojans to ensure the Division 2 league title came home to Parkville.

Parkville: Martina Tobin; Ciara Nolan, Sabrina D'Arcy, Tammy Bowes, Tish Byrne; Emma Butler, Sarah Hobson, Helen Hobson, Tracey Kelly; Elaine Keogh, Leanne Tumelty. Subs: Maggie Kelly for Helen Hobson, Rachael Tallon for Kelly, Bridget Kenny for Keogh. Also in squad: Roisin Flynn, Charlene Butler.

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