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Date: 08/10/2019
By: Pat Mulvihill

Cup Success For Ballingarry Girls

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Ballingarry (4) 6 (Abbie Clancy (2), Amy Madden (2), Donna Kenny, Katie Lawlee)
Broadford Utd (1) 1 (Roisin O’Reilly)

The first girls cup final of the season took place last Sunday morning in Mick Hanley Park between Division 1 sides Ballingarry and Broadford Utd, the former being the favorites given their league form which sees them with a 100% record from their nine league games to date. Broadford too are having a good season so they too were confident of doing well.

Broadford settled the better and twice in the opening minutes attacked the Ballingarry defence, firstly Roisin O’Reilly was able to deliver a fine cross from the right near the end line that whizzed across the face of the goalmouth but there was no team mate there to take advantage inside the first minute. Shortly afterwards good work by Katie Dore and Roisin saw the latter just fire over the crossbar. A minute later Ballingarry threatened for the first time when great play down their right by Lucy Fitzgibbon saw her cross the ball into the area which was then cleared by full back Chloe Boyce but only as far as Donna Kenny and her curling right footed effort was just inches wide of the far post.

On five minutes came the games opening goal when good play from Amy Madden saw the ball played across the six yard box from where Abbie Clancy finished from close range. On thirteen minutes Ballingarry doubled their lead with a quality goal from Donna Kenny from an almost identical position of her previous effort, but this time her accuracy was improved as the ball curled into the top right corner.

On twenty minutes Broadford were back in it when they halved the deficit when the work rate of Heather Linehan and Katie Dore set up Roisin O’Reilly to have a shot at goal which went over keeper Kelsey Quinn in goal. Ballingarry regrouped and began to put pressure on the Broadford back four again but it wasn’t till the closing minutes of the half that the struck decisively to effectively put the game out of reach with two quick fire goals. Amy Madden got their third on thirty two minutes when the Broadford defence didn’t close her down and from twenty yards thumped the ball to the roof of the net. Perhaps the goal of the game came right on half time and again Lucy Fitzgibbon was involved as she delivered a delightful diagonal cross from the right and ghosting in behind two defenders was Abbie Clancy to cushion the ball across the keeper and inside the right post.

The trend of the first half continued after the break with Ballingarry again carrying the greater threat. The work rate of Lucy Fitzgibbon deserved a goal and she nearly got it nine minutes into the second half when after positive run down the right she cut into the area and struck a good effort which keeper Naoise Boyce did very well to turn the ball around the post for a corner. Amy Madden got her second of the game on forty seven minutes when she drilled ball through a crowded goalmouth following a corner from their left. Seven minutes later Naoise denied Donna Kenny her second with a very good save before Ballingarry completed the scoring five minutes from time trough Katie Lawlee

After the match Pat Mulvihill from The Limerick Desmond Schoolboys/Girls League presented the Ballingarry captain Nessa Markham with the U14 Girls Cup.
Player of the match Amy Madden (Ballingarry)

Ballingarry: Kelsey Quinn, Keelin Madigan, Sarah Lynch, Chloe O’Keeffe, Rebecca Fitzgibbon, Nessa Markham (capt), Donna Kenny, Amy Madden, Abbie Clancy, Lucy Fitzgibbon, Katie Lawlee. Subs Ava Hartigan, Caoimhe Cunningham, Eimear O’Sullivan, Emma McNamara.

Broadford Utd: Naoise Boyce, Chloe Boyce (capt), Jessica Culhane, Gillian Gore, Roisin Linehan, Hannah Brennan, Rachel Molyneaux, Molly O’Brien, Heather Linehan, Katie Dore, Roisin O’Reilly. Subs Rebecca McGarry, Amy Linehan, Leah Enright, Clara Morrissey, Lucy Walsh, Lilly Mullane.

Referee: Pat King. Referees Assistants Paudie Manning, Tom Fitzpatrick.

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