Joy for the Magpies
LGFA Junior B Football Final: Newtown 6-4 Bray Emmets 2-3
Newtown claimed the ladies Junior 'B' county title with a well-deserved victory over a young Bray side at Roundwood last Saturday evening. A superb first half which saw the magpies lead by 17 points at the break was the deciding factor in this contest.
Newtown started at a brisk pace with a long ball in by centre forward Aisling McDonald which was palmed home to the net by an alert Lydia Synnott. McDonald added a point immediately afterwards thanks to corner-forward Rachel Carthy had done the spade work in providing the assist.
A second Newtown goal came after eight minutes. Wing back Ava McGlynn swept ball up in the middle of the park and delivered a beautiful ball into Aoife Keddy who shimmied past her marker before drilling past the Bray keeper Rachel Messit.
Bray were battling hard, however, every time they got within scoring distance the Mooney sisters, Kim and Kirsty, were always on hand to put a tackle or block in.
Katelynn Dunleavy added another point and when Keddy added her second goal after a blinding solo run through the Bray defence the contest was as good as over. Newtown refused to show mercy and drove home their superiority with centre back Leanne Hannon scorching through the rearguard before unleashing a rocket past Messit.
Eimear Martin finally opened the Bray account on 29 minutes. However, Aisling McDonald then struck a daisy cutter into the corner of Messit's goal and the excellent McGlynn closed the scoring with a fine individual score after running at the heart of Bray defence.
Newtown's running game was causing Bray all sorts of trouble. However, in fairness to the Bray girls, they never dropped their heads and won the second half.
Eimear Martin opened the Bray scoring in the second half. Aoife Keddy quashed any talk of a Bray come back with her hat-trick goal. She spotted Messit just of her line and floated a beauty just in over the stranded keeper. Keddy added a free soon after but it was to be Newtown's last score as Bray finished strongly.
Firstly, Aine Clarke struck an excellent goal after claiming a long ball turning on a sixpence and drilling home.
Martin added another free and the scoring closed when Orlagh Dowling made the net dance with the last kick of the game.
A young Bray team had good performers in Eimear Martin and centre forward Aisling McCabe. For the victors, Kirsty Mooney, Ava McGlynn and Aisling McDonald were excellent, however, player of the match had to be Aoife Keddy, who finished with a tally of 3-1, an outstanding effort in a county final.
Scorers - Newtown; Aoife Keddy 3-1, Aisling McDonald 1-1, Leanne Hannon 1-0, Lydia Synnott 1-0, Ava McGlynn 0-1, Katelynn Dunleavy 0-1. Bray Emmets: Eimear Martin 0-3, Aine Clarke 1-0, Orlagh Dowling 1-0
Newtown: Lara Davis; Frances Kearns, Kim Mooney, Kirsty Mooney; Ava McGlynn, Leanne Hannon, Katie Murray; Mags Synnott, Nicola Fitzsimons; Anneliese Dunne, Aoife Keddy, Aisling McDonald; Holly Martin, Lydia Synnott, Rachel Carthy.
Bray Emmets: Rachel Messit; Aine Clarke, Eileen Henley, Rebecca Mahon; Sinead Quigley, Leah Carroll, Saoirse Canavan; Joanne O'Sullivan, Emily Cahill; Amy Healy, Aisling McCabe, Eimear Martin; Alice O'Doherty, Sarah Lamb, Orlagh Dowling. Sub: Orla Jackson
Referee: Sinead McHugh