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Second under-age title in two days


The successful Baile Dubh Tíre squad.

The successful Baile Dubh Tíre squad.




The successful Baile Dubh Tíre squad.


BAILE DUBH Tíre got a second under-age success in consecutive days when they brushed aside Shelmalier to claim the Bodibro Minor ladies’ football Division 2 shield in Boolabawn recently.

The Enniscorthy District side kicked 1-8 in the opening quarter, blinked momentarily before half-time, but sauntered away to take the glory in the second period with a composed and classy showing.

They had match winners all over the field, from their combative defence that often won one-on-one battles, to their tireless midfield runners who created chances, all the way to the forwards who spread around the scoring burden.

The first quarter was particularly impressive as they came out of the blocks with a strong pace to their game.

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Anna Roban was denied an early goal but the points soon flowed with herself, Orlagh Kehoe, Sarah Kehoe, Lauren Roban, Katie Bowe and Katie Breen-Sherlock all on the scoresheet.

The opening goal came just before the water break, with Bowe playing the provider role for a clinical Anna Roban finish.

Things weren’t as straightforward after the drinks stoppage as Saoirse Banville sent home two cracking strikes at the other end to narrow the gap to six (1-9 to 2-0).

Baile Dubh Tíre did settle just before the interval and Orlagh Kehoe soloed half the length of the field to drill home a fantastic goal. Leading by 2-11 to 2-0 at the break, Lauren Roban scored her fourth point immediately after the restart.

Muireann Lanigan got a point back at the other end but expertly-taken majors for the eventual winners by Sarah Kehoe and Katie Bowe left the result in no doubt (4-14 to 2-1).

Ellie Watchorn made a superb save onto the crossbar from Mia Denton, but the Shelmalier defender-turned-attacker did add a late point.

At the other end Emilia Fortune made the biggest impression of the Baile Dubh Tíre substitutes.

She drilled home a fantastic goal a minute from the end of normal time as her side took the spoils in style.

Baile Dubh Tíre: Ellie Watchorn; Libby Cullen, Michelle Kearns, Abigail Cullen; Aoife Codd, Grace Smith, Ciara Tobin; Orlagh Kehoe (1-3), Lauren Roban (0-4, 2 frees); Laura Conroy, Katie Breen-Sherlock (0-1), Katie Bowe (1-3); Sarah Kehoe (1-2), Anna Roban (1-2), Lauren Smyth. Subs. - Emilia Fortune (1-1) for A. Roban (35), Niamh Doyle for Smyth (35), Blaithin Barrett for S. Kehoe (48), Carla Cloney for L. Cullen (48), Eimear Tobin for A. Tobin (48), Caoimhe Kinsella for C. Tobin (59), Jessica Bolton-Lee for Bowe (59), Katelyn Doyle for Conroy (59).

Shelmalier: Anna Dempsey; Muireann Lanigan (0-1), Aoife Cullen, Danielle O’Leary; Mia Denton (0-1), Ellie Roche, Caoimhe Byrne; Ciara McMahon, Niamh Hearne; Niamh O’Brien, Aoibhe Manley, Chloe Whelan; Grace O’Brien, Saoirse Banville (2-0), Katie Carroll. Subs. - Kitty Roche for C. Byrne (49), also Zara Corrigan.

Referee: Brendan Holohan (Rathgarogue-Cushinstown).