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).
Kilcullen Ladies that took on Moorefield
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.
Kilcullen’s Laura McMahon
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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Kilcullen ladies warmed up for next week’s crucial championship game with a challenge match against Sarsfields last night. Despite losing by 1-6 to 0-5, the Ragettes can be pleased with their performance against a strong Sash side, which was a mixture of their Senior A and B teams, managed by former Rag David ‘Budgie’ Price. Kilcullen were excellent defensively, although will hope to be more clinical with their chances in their championship game next week. Best for Kilcullen were Laura McMahon, Lorraine Schwer, Katie Willis and Annie O’Toole.
Kilcullen line-up: Aoife Molyneaux; Laura McMahon, Claire Mulrennan, Lauren Hurley; Katelyn Hegarty-Kelly, Lorraine Schwer, Katie Willis; Clare Kelly, Tara Breen; Kate Timmons, Jayne Peacocke(0-3,1f), Annie O’Toole(0-2); Amy Moran(Capt), Karen Bell, Nanci Murphy.
Sub used: Avril Glendon.
Next up for Kilcullen is a massive championship game at home to Moorefield next Thursday at 8pm. It would be great if there was a big home crowd there to get behind the girls.