Saturday 24 August 2019

Division 2 Roche cruise into Senior semi-finals

LGFA Halfpenny Travel SFC - Roche 3-15, St Mochta's 1-5

Dermot Woods

Roche Emmets, the only Division 2 team in the Halpenny Travel SFC, are through to the semi-finals after this convincing home win over St Mochta's on Sunday morning.

Victory means Micheal Heaney's side are thorough to the penultimate stage for the first time since 2011 where they await the winner of the Cooley Kickhams v Stabannon tie on Sunday next for a place in the final.

On a bitterly disappointing day for the Louth Village side, who never produced their best football and kicked a number of poor wides, they started the better, with Emma Quinn giving them an early lead.

Roche gradually settled and were level as Seona Halligan was on target from a free. They then took a firm grip on the contest as Tracey Rogers was on the end of a fine move and shot over, with Jenny McCourt, Louise Byrne (2), Deirbhla Begley and Seona Halligan also raising white flags.

The home side went further ahead mid way through the half. Some superb play by Jenny McCourt and Deirbhla Begley set up Tracey Rogers who fired to the net. McCourt (2) and Halligan added further points, leaving the Faughart parish club well placed as they led 1-10 to 0-3 at the break.

Mochta's resumed showing more urgency and a wonderful pass by Aoife Byrne created an opening for Lauren Kieran who just failed to get the ball under control.

After Seona Halligan and Emer Byrne swapped points, Mochta's were thrown a lifelne when referee Paul Burke awarded a penalty for a foul on Emer Byrne which was converted by Emma Quinn.

Having won the resultant kickout, the impressive Louise Byrne went on a driving run and her vicious shot hit the woodwork, with the alert Seona Halligan on hand to lash to the net from close range.

Any slim hopes of a Mochta's comeback dissapeared just minutes later as Tracey Rogers went past a number of defenders before unleashing a tremendous shot which hit the underside of the bar before entering the roof of the net.

Eimear Byrne got one back, but the Roche Emmets dominance continued with a further 0-4 as they eased to a very impressive win.

One of many outstanding performers on the Roche side, Tracy Rogers said: 'We started slowly, making a number of mistakes and giving possession away easily.

'As we settled into the game we started to play the way we knew we could.

'It wasn't an easy win as it was a tough battle, with Mochta's having their spells. We kept going to the very end, which is credit to the team and is exactly what Micheal (Heaney) has instilled in the club. From number 1 to 25 we worked and fought for the victory.'

Roche Emmets: Claire McCann; Katie Halligan, Fiona Levins, Lauren Meehan; Caoimhe Treanor, Niamh Callan, Aisling Sloane; Aoife Halligan, Louise Byrne 0-2; Seona Halligan 1-4, Tracey Rogers 2-2, Sarah McArdle; Jennie McCourt 0-5 (3f), Caroline O'Neill, Dearbhla Begley 0-2. Sub: Aisling Begley.

St. Mochta's: Niamh Kirk; Kayleigh Hoey, Dearbhla O'Connor, Laura McDonnell; Lauren Kieran, Orla O'Neill, Shauna Lennon; Aoife Byrne, Eimear Byrne 0-1; Katie Rafferty, Emma Quinn 1-3 (1-0p), Roisin Curley; Christine Carolan 0-1, Laura Kieran, Caitlin Curley. Subs: Nadine Muckian, Ciara Callan, Kayla Byrne, Jill Byrne, Grace O'Reilly.

Referee: Paul Burke

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