Ragettes 2017 Championship Campaign off to a Flyer!!

Junior A Championship – Kilcullen 5-13 Rathangan 3-4 – Tues July 4th

Kilcullen Ladies made it 2 wins from 2 games played after a good win over Rathangan.  Rathangan got off to a great start with an attacking move straight from the throw-in leading to a goal within 20 seconds.  However, the Ragettes responded within minutes with a goal of their own from Avril Glendon. The first half was very tight with Kilcullen struggling to impose themselves on the game.  They did add a further 5 points in the half, and could have had a second goal only for Tara Breen’s effort smashing off the crossbar. Meanwhile, Rathangan added a second goal to leave the scores all square at the break on a scoreline of Kilcullen 1-5 Rathangan 2-2.  

The home side knew they had much to improve on in the second half, and improve they certainly did. Experienced forwards Jayne Peacocke and Clare Kelly showed great leadership and the Ragettes scored 1-5 without reply with Kelly grabbing the goal.  Rathangan pulled a goal back, but Ciara Pembroke restored the 8 point lead for Kilcullen with a composed finish to the net. The home side never looked back from there and they went on to rack up an impressive 5-13 with further goals from Peacocke and Kelly sealing the victory.  

Kilcullen will be delighted with their second half performance and will look to replicate it over the full game in their next outing. Jayne Peacocke led the way for the Ragettes with a captain’s performance, notching up 1-6 in the process.  Bróna Dooley, Clare Kelly, Tara Breen and sub Ciara Pembroke all also excelled.  

Kilcullen Line-Up:  Eleanor Traynor;  Bróna Dooley, Eimear McBride, Shauna O’Rourke;  Kate Timmons, Dáire Smyth, Katie Willis(0-1);  Laura Quigley(0-1), Aoibhe Burke;  Clare Kelly(2-1), Jayne Peacocke(capt)(1-6), Amy Barker;  Sinéad Maher(0-1), Tara Breen, Avril Glendon(1-1).

Subs: Ciara Pembroke(1-2), Sarah Doherty, Aoife Whelan.

Senior Ladies Into Championship Semi-Finals

Ladies Junior B Championship – Kilcullen 7-18 Kildangan/Nurney 0-8 – 19th July

Kilcullen Ladies are through to the semi-finals of the championship after a comprehensive win over Kildangan/Nurney. The game was very even for the opening quarter as the sides traded points, but from when Ciara Pembroke scored the home side’s first goal, the Ragettes dominated the remainder of the half to take a 4-12 to 0-5 lead into the break.  The game was played as 14 a side which lead to an open game, and the lethal Kilcullen attack continued to add scores in the second half.  To their credit, the young Kildangan/Nurney side never lacked for effort and kept going right to the final whistle.  As for Kilcullen, it was an excellent all round team performance and a very pleasing aspect was that all their subs got plenty of game time and all made a significant impact on the match. The final score was 7-18 to 0-8 with all of the 7-18 coming from play.  Karen Bell and Brona Dooley excelled in defence, as did Sinéad Maher in midfield, while Jayne Peacocke, Nanci Murphy and Ciara Pembroke were clinical in attack.

Kilcullen Line-Up:  Aoife Molyneaux;  Amy Moran, Karen Bell, Rachel-Hovendan Keane;  Bróna Dooley, Katie Willis, Emily Vaughan;  Sinéad Maher(0-1), Lorraine Schwer(capt);  Clare Kelly, Jayne Peacocke(0-7), Kate Timmons(0-1);  Nanci Murphy(3-4), Ciara Pembroke(3-1).

Subs used:  Dáire Smyth, Annie O’Toole(1-1), Avril Glendon(0-2), Lisa Aspell, Sinéad Jones(0-1). 

Junior A Championship – Kilcullen 2-9 Moorefield 2-14 – Thu 23rd July

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Kilcullen ladies are out of the championship after losing this championship encounter to a strong Moorefield outfit.  The Moors got off to a dream start when they got an early goal and would never relinquish the lead from there.  They tagged on a few more points, before Nanci Murphy got Kilcullen back into the game with a goal direct from a free.  The balance of play was even enough but Moorefield were clinical with their chances and a second goal late in the half helped them to a 2-9 to 1-2 lead at the break.

The Ragettes faced an uphill task and when the visitors got the first point of the second half, there was 11 points between the sides.  However, this Kilcullen side don’t give in that easily and produced a stirring comeback and dominated most of the second half.  They worked their way back to within 4 points, helped by an excellent goal with quick thinking from Nanci Murphy spotting the run of Jayne Peacocke, who finished expertly to the net. However, it wasn’t to be enough and the Moors held out for a 2-14 to 2-9 win.

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Kilcullen can be very proud of their performance and the progress they have made as a team this season.   Best on the night for the home side was Lorraine Schwer, who worked tirelessly for the whole game in midfield, helping out both the defence and attack. Others to excel were Laura McMahon, Dáire Smyth, Jayne Peacocke and Nanci Murphy.

Kilcullen Line-Up:  Aoife Molyneaux;  Laura McMahon, Karen Bell, Claire Mulrennan;  Katelyn Hegarty-Kelly, Dáire Smyth(0-1), Katie Willis;  Clare Kelly(0-2), Lorraine Schwer(0-1);  Annie O’Toole, Jayne Peacocke(1-5,4f), Kate Timmons;  Amy Moran(Capt), Tara Breen, Nanci Murphy(1-0f).

Subs used:  Laura Comerford, Avril Glendon, Sarah Doherty.

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