Munster PPS Junior B Final Report

Ladies Munster Junior B Final

by Jimmy O’Sullivan Darcy

St. Marys Midleton 0-12 (12)

Coláiste na Sceilge 1-06 (9)

Coláiste na Sceilge made a great start, Shannon O’Donnell setting up Aoife
Dwyer for the opening score against the strong wind, but then things turned
against them. Aoife Healy opened Midleton’s account with a free before
Laura Murphy drove through and scored a beauty to put them in front. Two
more Aoife Healy frees and a Kaitlin Smith point had them 0-4 to 0-1 ahead
and comfortably in the driving seat. In fact, it could have been worse if
Kaitlin Smith’s piledriver hadn’t drifted a few inches left of the butt of
the post. As it was, they had four wides in a spell where they dominated
the play. Double-teaming Rachel Dwyer and having Grace Rooney and Rachel
Leahy in dangerous roving roles was proving highly effective for the Cork
side.Ellie O’Connell kick-started a revival with a brilliant point. Rachel Dwyer
added a free. Dramatically, Shannon O’Donnell intercepted the kick-out,
shrugged off the shackles of marker Dara Kiniry, and coolly slotted to the
net. In just two minutes, Coláiste na Sceilge had turned a four point
deficit into a one point lead, 1-3 to 0-5.Still, Midleton’s pressure was relentless. Aoife Healy swung over a neat
point. Aine Hallahan added another to square matters. Mary Ellen Bolger
twice had to be quick and confident in clearing her line. Kaitl;in Smith
and Aine Hallahan were twice blocked down as they were pulling the trigger
– Shonagh Fitzpatrick, Emily O’Sullivan, and Leanne O’Sullivan were trojans
in the na Sceilge defence.

Rachel Leahy made it 0-8 to 1-3. Coláiste na Sceilge were desperately
unlucky not to re-take the lead after Leah Dwyer set up Shannon O’Donnell –
keeper Sophie McCarthy Keane made a terrific save and the ball was swept
down the field for Aoife Healy to pick off a point instead. It was a
pivotal turnaround.

Half-time St. Marys Midleton 0-9 Coláiste na Sceilge 1-3

Coláiste na Sceilge made a strong start to the second half, with Rachel
Dwyer winning and converting a free and Shannon O’Donnell pointing from
play. Lily Hayes Nally made it 0-10 to 1-5.

Hayes Nally very nearly set up Roisin Keane for a clinching goal, but Emily
O’Sullivan managed to intercept at the last second. Hayes Nally did get a
shot on goal, but Mary Ellen Bolger tipped it over the bar. Laura Murphy
added another to make it 0-12 to 1-5.

Coláiste na Sceilge were dominating the play now, launching wave after wave
of attacks….but most of them were crashing uselessly on defensive rocks.
They did open a few chances, particularly when a ball spilled from Shannon
O’Donnell as she wriggled through a gap towards goal, but they could only
produce one last Rachel Dwyer free and it wasn’t enough to turn the
scoreboard around.

St. Marys Midleton Team & Scorers:

Sophie McCarthy Keane, Nora Falvey, Grace Rooney,
Anna Brenner, Dara Kiniry, Sally McAllister, Megan O’Donovan, Laura Murphy
(0-2), Rachel Quirke, Aoife Healy (0-5, 4f), Kaitlin Smith (0-1), Aine
Hallahan (0-1), Lily Hayes Nally (0-2), Rachel Leahy (0-1), Roisin Keane.
Subs Lorraine Murphy, Chloe Kelly
Coláiste na Sceilge Team & Scorers:
Mary Ellen Bolger, Brianna O’Sullivan, Shonagh
Fitzpatrick, Caiti O’Sullivan, Orla Sugrue, Emily O’Sullivan, Leanne
O’Sullivan, Cliona Murphy, Ellie O’Connell (0-1), Aoife Dwyer (0-1), Rachel
Dwyer (0-3, 3f), Deirdre Kelly, Leah Dwyer, Shannon O’Donnell (1-1), Sarah
O’Sullivan. Subs Maeve Daly, Sarah O’SheaReferee: Denis Hickey