Monday 11 December 2017

Kildare have the 'goal-den' touch

KILDARE PROVED too good for Wexford in the Leinster Under-14 ladies' football championship in Páirc Uí Síocháin, Gorey.

KILDARE PROVED too good for Wexford in the Leinster Under-14 ladies' football championship in Páirc Uí Síocháin, Gorey, on Saturday last.

The Lilywhites came into the game having won two of their three previous group ties but they were made to fight for their third success by a spirited Wexford team that remain without a victory.

Playing with the breeze, it took the visitors less than a minute to smack a Neasa Dooley shot off the Wexford woodwork, a feat they would manage another four times in the opening half.

The hosts opened the scoring through Ciara Banville after good work by Elena Kenny, but Kildare soon found their feet and started hitting the target on a more consistent basis.

Nanci Murphy got her side's first goal - a well-taken effort after she won a Wexford kick-out and broke in on goal - and points soon followed from Aoibheann O'Gorman and Murphy again.

A low free from Lara Curran evaded a packed Wexford goal-line for the second Kildare goal and Neasa Dooley added another 2-1 before the change-around to put Kildare in control, that despite a late goal for the hosts from Emily Coakley's penalty after Fiona Ryan was fouled (4-3 to 1-1).

The breeze, and a handful of substitutions aided the Slaneysiders' cause after the break as they added a quick-fire brace. Coakley was provider for the opener that Ann-Marie Bennett finished to the net while Amy Wilson was first to react when Ella O'Connor's shot came out off the bar, with the Naomh Eanna forward claiming possession and firing past Niamh Doran (4-3 to 3-1).

Kildare responded with a point by Curran and a Dooley goal but Wexford continued to battle and raised their fourth green flag when Ciara Bridges hit the target. However, the hosts would only add one further point through Amy Wilson as goals from Sarah Doyle, Sorcha Gillman and Emma Doolan eased the travelling side to the win.

Kildare: Sarah Skelton; Madeline Harney, Jenny Cahill, Ciara Regan; Lara Gilbert, Katelynn Doran, Maria Doyle; Aoibheann O'Gorman (0-1), Sorcha Gillman (1-0); Nanci Murphy (1-1), Leah McCormack, Neasa Dooley (3-2, 0-1 free); Emma Kielty, Lara Curran (1-1), Caoimhe Maher. Subs. - Niamh Doran for Skelton, inj., Carla Ennis for Cahill, Christine Donagher for Doran, Sarah Doyle (1-1) for Keilty, Orla Maguire for M. Doyle, inj., Emma Doolan (1-1) for McCormack, Ailbhe King for Harney.

Wexford: Sally Shortall; Niamh Dunne, Rebecca Burke, Ciara O'Connor; Aisling Halligan, Sarah Harding-Kenny, Imogen Fanning; Katelyn Whelan-Kinsella, Julia Dempsey; Emily Coakley (1-0 pen.), Rachel Bennett, Elena Kenny; Fiona Ryan, Ann-Marie Bennett (1-0), Ciara Banville (0-1). Subs. - Ella O'Connor for Ryan, Ciara Bridges (1-0) for E. Kenny, Amy Wilson (1-1) for Dempsey, Mikaela Lanigan for Burke, Alannah Anglim for Dunne, Eve Hession for Banville, Lettie Whelan for A.M. Bennett, Sally Walker for R. Bennett, Orla Fitzgerald for Fanning, Rebecca Banville for O'Connor, Maggie Hobbs for Whelan-Kinsella.

Referee: Jonathon Murphy (Carlow).

Gorey Guardian

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