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Clann Na nGael (Meath) 3 17 Bennekerry-Tinryland (Carlow) 3 8

posted 9 Oct 2017, 01:02 by

BY Eamonn Byrne

Meath champions Clann na nGael proved too strong for Bennekerry-Tinryland in the quarter final of the Leinster ladies J.F.C. at Sean Newman park in Bohermeen on Sunday last.

Bennekerry-Tinryland started well scoring 4 unanswered points within 8 minutes of the throw in. Roisin Byrne opened their account in the 2nd minute and their early dominance resulted in 3 more points from dead balls by ace sharpshooter Elaine Ware. It could have been even better at this stage as Leah Mullins was inches wide with a goal chance seconds after the throw in.

When the home side who were cheered on by a sizeable crowd finally settled they got a goal back after a defensive blunder when their most influential full forward Louise O’Conner rattled the B-T net in the 9th minute. The sides were level in the 13th minute when Caillin McDonagh pointed for the home team and the Meath champions edged ahead mid-way through the half when O’Connor slotted over a point. Bennekerry-Tinryland briefly regained the lead in the 16th minute with a brilliant individual goal from Leah Mullins but the Clann Na nGael response was swift as Louise O’Connor struck for her second goal to give her team a lead they never relinquished. Elaine Ware kept Bennekerry-Tinryland in touch with a point from play and 2 more successful conversions but Clann Na nGael finished the half well to score 2 further points to leave them with a 4 point advantage when Dublin referee John Doherty sounded the half time whistle.

The Carlow champions narrowed the gap to a single goal with a Stephanie Keogh point seconds after the re-start. This score proved to be a false dawn however and Bennekerry-Tinryland failed to add to their tally over the next 23 minutes. In that time Clann na nGael with Louise O’Connor and centre forward Vivienne McCormack pulling the strings raced into a 13 point lead. Substitute Sinead Hayden scored Bennekerry-Tinryland’s 2nd goal with 7 minutes remaining and the Carlow champions found the net for a 3rd time deep in stoppage time with a Niamh Kelly goal.

Goalkeeper Shannen Cotter together with midfielder Cliodhna Ni She, Leah Mullins, Elaine Ware and subs Niamh Kelly and Sinead Hayden impressed for the Carlow team.

Bennekerry-Tinryland: Shannen Cotter, Ciara Nolan, Leanne Corcoran, Jane Bullen, Michelle mcDermott, Deirdre Tomlinson, Emma O’Regan, Stephanie Keogh 0-1, Cliodhna Ni She, Leah Mullins 1-0, Elaine Ware 0-6 5f, Stephanie Dunne, Aoibhin Webb, Roisin Byrne 0-1, Lauren McGrath.

Subs: Alex McNeill, Ruth Bermingham, Niamh Kelly 1-0, Ashling Kelly, Sinead Hayden 1-0