Neither Kilcullen or Na Fianna could qualify for the semi-finals but both sides went all out to finish the season with a win, and a high scoring entertaining game ensued. The Ragettes got off to a great start with an early goal from Ciara Pembroke. Na Fianna hit back with a few well worked points. The game was very even, but a late first half goal by the visitors helped them to a 1-6 to 1-2 half-time lead. The second half was end to end and very exciting as both sides played some brilliant football. Na Fianna went 6 points up, but substitute Jayne Peacocke led the Kilcullen fight back as the Ragettes got within a point of Na Fianna. However, Na Fianna kicked on again as the home side tired and took a 2-19 to 3-11 win. Well done to the girls on the brilliant effort they put it in on the night and all year. They’ve a very young side and they will have learned plenty this year. If they all stick at it, there’s definitely a bright future ahead.
Best on the night were Karen Bell, Nikki Dowling, Ciara Pembroke, Jayne Peacocke and Emily Vaughan.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Aoife Molyneaux; Laura McMahon, Karen Bell(Capt), Lisa Hogan; Katie Willis(0-1), Sinéad Maher(1-0), Lauren Hurley; Clare Kelly(0-1), Lorraine Schwer; Kate Timmons, Daire Smyth, Katie Brierton; Amy Moran, Nikki Dowling(0-2), Ciara Pembroke(1-1).
Subs Used: Emily Vaughan, Jayne Peacocke(1-6,1-2f), Averil Glendon.
An understrength Kilcullen team were well beaten by an outstanding Moorefield side in this championship game. The Moors had power and pace all over the pitch and racked up 1-13 in a first half where the Ragettes failed to find the target. Moorefield added a further 3-5 in the second half while Kilcullen scored 1-2. In fairness, the home side never gave in, and kept working right up to the final whistle, but Moorefield look too good a side to be playing at this grade and should have a great chance of going on the win the championship. Best for the Ragettes were Amy Moran, Clare Kelly, Lorraine Schwer and Ciara Pembroke.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Aoife Molyneaux; Karen Bell(Capt), Amanda Boland, Laura McMahon; Amy Moran, Nikki Dowling, Kate Timmons; Clare Kelly(1-0), Lorraine Schwer; Gemma Carey, Kaylee Cogan, Ciara Pembroke(0-2); Averil Glendon, Lydia O’Toole, Jayne Peacocke.
Kilcock won this game convincingly in the end but it could have been all so different. Kilcock were 0-4 to 0-1 ahead at half-time but Kilcullen missed a number of good chances, including three excellent goal chances and could have been well ahead at half-time. As it was, they trailed by three and still had every chance going into the second half. However, the home side grew in confidence and upped their performance in the second half, and grabbed 2 early goals. They went on to win by 2-12 to 1-2, with Kilcullen’s goal coming from a Jayne Peacocke penalty. The scoreline was very harsh on Kilcullen, but Kilcock were deserved winners. Best for the Ragettes were Clare Kelly, Lorraine Schwer and Amy Moran.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Aoife Molyneaux; Laura McMahon, Karen Bell(Capt), Lisa Hogan; Lauren Hurley, Amy Moran, Amanda Boland; Clare Kelly, Lorraine Schwer; Kate Timmons, Sinéad Maher, Ciara Pembroke; Caroline Breen, Jayne Peacocke(1-2,1-0pen,0-2f), Katie Brierton.
Subs Used: Kaylee Cogan, Nikki Dowling, Lydia O’Toole.
Kilcullen were minus a number of regulars for this away match against a good Carbury side, but never gave in or stopped trying. In fact, some of the younger girls that were brought into the side performed extremely well. The game was played 14 a side which on miserable wet night. The home side had a number of dangerous players in attack, and they racked up 2-5 to Kilcullen’s 0-2 in the first half, although this score was certainly harsh on Kilcullen’s efforts. Carbury built on this lead in the second half to take a 4-11 to 1-5 win. Kilcullen’s goal came from a good team move that was calmly finished to the net by Nikki Dowling. Kilcullen’s best player was Ciara Pembroke who constantly showed for the ball, and kept working throughout the whole game while Lauren Hurley, Clare Kelly and Kate Timmons all also did well.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Averil Glendon; Lauren Hurley, Karen Bell(Capt), Lisa Hogan; Amanda Boland, Lorraine Schwer(0-1), Amy Moran; Clare Kelly, Sinéad Maher; Kate Timmons, Nikki Dowling(1-0), Ciara Pembroke(0-1); Jayne Peacocke(0-3,2f), Aoife Molyneaux.
By Ger McNally
Kilcullen had a number of star performers as they got their Junior A Championship campaign off to a flying start on their home turf last Thursday evening. But pride of place has to go to full forward Jayne Peacocke who finished the game with an outstanding total of 2-8, all from play. Peacocke was just too much for the Suncroft defence to handle and there were some outstanding scores amongst her tally from her powerful left foot. Ciara Pembroke and Kaylee Cogan also made important contributions on the scoreboard but at the heart of the performance was Clare Kelly. Kelly was involved in the build up for many of the Kilcullen scores and brilliantly linked defence and attack both in the first half, when she played in the half forward line, and in the second half when she played in a deeper role around the middle third.
From Suncroft’s point of view, their county players Ellen Dowling and Trina Duggan tried their best to inspire those around them but the ‘Croft never looked likely to recover from a slow start. Kilcullen dominated the early proceedings and with Peacocke helping herself to three points, moved into a 0-6 to 0-2 lead. The exclamation mark to that promising beginning came when Cogan scored the game’s first goal in the 15th minute. The pacy corner forward caused Suncroft problems all evening and a typical mazy run ended with a great finish past Marie Murphy.
The second goal arrived ten minutes later and it was no surprise to see Kelly at the heart of the build up. Her final pass released Pembroke and having already seen a couple of efforts saved by Murphy, made no mistake on this occasion.
On the stroke of half time Kelly was again the creator and this time it was Peacocke who benefitted. After receiving the pass, Peacocke unleashed a brilliant drive to the roof the Suncroft net that left Murphy helplessly grasping at fresh air.
That left the half time score at 3-10 to 0-5 in favour of the home team. To give Suncroft their credit, they never stopped trying even though the result looked beyond doubt. Ellen Dowling (2) and Aine Conway scored in succession between the 39th and 41st minute but Kilcullen were soon back in control.
Peacocke net her second goal in the 43rd minute following another Kelly pass but Suncroft got a goal of their own with ten minutes to play. Ellen Dowling’s shot was blocked by a Kilcullen defender’s foot and from the resulting penalty, Duggan fired home. That just served to wake Kilcullen from their slumber and they hit back with two quickfire goals. They were goals similar to those that were scored in the first half. Kelly passed inside to Pembroke, who had been left unattended close to goal, and she neatly shot past Murphy.
Then Cogan took off on one of her trademark runs. She burst past three defenders and found the top corner of the net with another superb shot. Kilcullen’s evening was rounded off late on when substitute Katie Brierton scored their seventh goal when she was quickest to a loose ball after Cogan had been denied a hat trick of goals by Murphy’s save. All in all, this was a hugely impressive performance from the Kilcullen girls and it gives them a great starting point for the remainder of their championship season.
Kilcullen: Aoife Molyneaux; Laura McMahon, Karen Bell, Caroline Breen, Katie Willis, Amy Moran 0-1, Amanda Boland; Lorraine Schwer 0-1, Daire Smyth; Aoibheann Smyth, Claire Kelly 0-1, Sinead Maher 0-1, Kaylee Cogan 2-0, Jayne Peacocke 2-8, Ciara Pembroke 2-3. Subs: Kate Timmons for Breen, 41; Katie Brierton 1-1 for Moran, 46; Avril Glendon for Molyneaux, 53; Amy Moran for D Smyth, 53.
Suncroft: Marie Murphy; Niamh Bolger, Rebecca McGuirk, Sarah Brown, Carol Kenny, Paula Brown, Kirsten McGuirk; Trina Duggan 1-5 (0-1 pen, 0-2fs), Aine Conway 0-1; Nicole Dooley 0-2, Ellen Dowling 0-4, Abbie Poole, Jenny Hall, Kellie Hughes 0-1, Roisin Bolger.
Referee: Brendan Hickey.
Kilcullen gave everything in this game, but Moorefield were too strong. The Ragettes started well, and the game was very tight for the opening 20 minutes, but Moorefield rattled in two goals to take a 2-6 to 0-4 half-time lead. It was uphill for the visitiors from there on, and Moorefield were clinical with their goal chances grabbing another 4 in the second half. To their credit, Kilcullen never stopped trying and were working hard right up to the final whistle. Moorefield saw out the game to take a 6-6 to 0-7 win to qualify for the final where they will meet Clane.
Katie Willis was excellent for Kilcullen, while blondie Clare Kelly, Jayne Peacocke and Amy Moran also did well.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Aoife Molyneaux; Laura McMahon, Karen Bell(capt), Katie Willis; Amanda Boland, Lorraine Schwer, Amy Moran; Daire Smyth(0-1), Cleeva Scully; Aoibheann Smyth, Jayne Peacocke(0-2f), Nikki Dowling(0-1); Clare Kelly, Lydia O’Toole, Sinéad Maher(0-2).
Subs Used: Kaylee Cogan(0-1), Clare Kelly, Lisa Hogan, Katie Brierton.
Kilcullen showed great heart to come back twice, having been 8 points down at one stage in the first half, before coming back to lead. Then in the second half, they fell 5 points behind but came back to win. The Ragettes defence was under pressure early in the game, as Na Fianna’s pacey attack lead by county minor star Michaela McKenna got off to a flying start. However, the home side changed a few things around in defence and started to get to grips with the opposition, with Clare Kelly (brownie) particularly effective. Na Fianna did have a 1-8 to 0-3 lead coming up to half-time, but Aoibheann Smyth scrambled home a goal for Kilcullen to leave 5 points between the sides at the break.
The second half was real end to end exciting stuff, with forwards on top. The Ragettes battled back to take the lead, but Na Fianna kicked on again to take a 5 point lead. Kilcullen refused to accept defeat and came storming back again. Substitute Kaylee Cogan provide fresh impotus in midfield for Kilcullen, also scoring 3 points. Aoibheann Smyth got a second goal, while Ciara Pembroke and Sinéad Maher both also found the net as Kilcullen won by 4-12 to 3-11. Both sides qualified for the semi-finals and on the basis of this game, both sides deserve to advance.
Best for Kilcullen in a good all round team performance were brownie Clare Kelly, Lorraine Schwer, Daire Smyth, Aoibheann Smyth and Jayne Peacocke.
Kilcullen Line-up: Aoife Molyneaux; Clare Kelly, Karen Bell(capt), Lisa Hogan; Amanda Boland, Lorraine Schwer, Amy Moran; Daire Smyth(0-1), Cleeva Scully; Aoibheann Smyth(2-0), Nikki Dowling, Sinéad Maher(1-2); Clare Kelly, Jayne Peacocke(0-4,3f), Ciara Pembroke(1-2,1f).
Subs Used: Katie Willis, Kaylee Cogan(0-3).
The scoreline in this game was very harsh on Kilcullen’s efforts, as they competed well in the game but just couldn’t convert any of their posession into scores. Moorefield held a 2-3 to 0-2 half-time lead with Nikki Dowling getting both of the Ragettes scores. However, Kilcullen were still confident of working their way back into the game as they would be playing down the slope in the second half, and had some good players to bring on. But, despite competing well in the game and working really hard the Ragettes just couldn’t create enough in attack. An experienced Moorefield saw out the game to take a deserved win. Best for Kilcullen were Lorraine Schwer, Katie Willis, Clare Kelly and substitute Aoibheann Smyth.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Aoife Molyneaux; Caroline Breen, Karen Bell(Capt), Lisa Hogan; Lauren Hurley, Amanda Boland, Amy Moran; Lorraine Schwer, Daire Smyth; Katie Willis, Nikki Dowling(0-2), Sinéad Maher; Clare Kelly, Lydia O’Toole, Ciara Pembroke.
Subs Used: Aoibheann Smyth, Kaylee Cogan, Jayne Peacocke, Laura McMahon, Katie Brierton.
Clane made a blistering start to this contest scoring 2-5 before Kilcullen got on the scoresheet, and the Ragettes couldn’t recover to get back into the game. Clane went on to take a 4-11 to 0-1 half-time lead. To their credit, Kilcullen never stopped trying and restricted Clane to 7 points in the second half. However, Clane are an excellent side who should be operating at a higher level, and KIlcullen will hopefully have learned plenty from the game.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Aoife Molyneaux; Clare Kelly, Karen Bell(capt), Lisa Hogan; Lauren Hurley, Amanda Boland, Emily Vaughan; Lorraine Schwer, Nikki Dowling; Amy Moran(0-1), Clare Kelly, Sinéad Maher; Jayne Peacocke(0-2), Lydia O’Toole, Ciara Pembroke.
Subs Used: Katie Willis, Daire Smyth, Katie Brierton.
Kilcullen Ladies can count themselves extremely unlucky to have not got at least a draw from this pulsating encounter. It was a brilliant game to kick off the 2014 league campaign, with some brilliant skill and attacking play from both sides. Ballykelly got off to a good start leading by 0-4 to 0-1, but Nikki Dowling fired an unstoppable shot to the net to level the scores and give the visitors great confidence to get into the game. The rest of the half was very even with the Ragettes putting some great attacking moves together and Jayne Peacocke getting some fantastic scores. Ciara Pembroke was then brought down for a penalty, which she took and scored herself. This gave Kilcullen a 2-6 to 1-8 half-time lead.
Ballykelly again started the half stronger and took the lead, but a Peacocke goal put the Ragettes back in front. After that, the game was end to end. Ballykelly got a couple of good goals, but KIlcullen refused to give in and scored some excellent points. However, the home side held out for a single point victory. The Ragettes were disappointed to lose, but they can take plenty of confidence from playing so well against a good Ballykelly side, and can look forward to the rest of the league with optimism.
It was a good all round performance by Kilcullen, but Laura McMahon, Cleva Scully, Nikki Dowling and Jayne Peacocke excelled.
Kilcullen Line-Up: Amy Moran; Lisa Hogan, Karen Bell(capt), Caroline Breen; Laura McMahon, Amanda Boland, Lauren Hurley; Cleva Scully(0-1), Daire Smyth; Laura Gibson, Nikki Dowling(1-1), Sinéad Maher; Clare Kelly, Jayne Peacocke(1-7,3f), Ciara Pembroke(1-2,1-0pen).
Sub Used: Nadia Meloushi.