Hard luck to our Intermediate team who lost out to Monageer/Boolavogue on Thursday, April 24th 2-6 to 2-4 in last year’s championship B Final
The overall performance was a marked improvement on the first round of the league and it leaves us with plenty of positives to work on for the rest of the season.
We started brightly as Shauna Kelly and Niamh Potter popped over points in the first six minutes before Monageer/Boolavogue got off the mark with a score from their county Senior player, Síona Nolan. We gave Eadaoin Fitzgerald the task of marking her in the middle of the field and she did an excellent job overall on such a strong opponent.
Our first goal arrived in the 14th minute and our worl exclusive photograph attached shows Therese Sheil about to pull the trigger after receiving a handpass from Michelle Harding! Niamh Potter followed up with a quick brace of fine points from play and we were going well with a 1-4 to 0-1 lead, but Monageer/Boolavogue then enjoyed their first strong spell and had it pared down to 1-4 to 1-3 by half-time.
They edged ahead on the re-start before Shauna Kelly replied with a goal in the 34th minute, but that proved to be our last score. The key second goal for Monageer/Boolavogue came in the 40th minute but they couldn’t shake us off and had to work very hard for the win. Indeed, they moved Síona Nolan to full-back in the closing stages to ensure we didn’t get through for the goal we neede.
While it was disappointing to loose this game, the team continues to find its feet in the higher grade and the players are capable of improving even further. Their next league game away to St Martin’s can’t take place on Monday next as it clashes with the Seniors, but it will be played over the May Bank holiday weekend.
Team as follows: Mary Cullen, Maeve Doyle, Catherine Doyle (capt), Catherine Roche, Lisa Quill, Jane Mythen, Aine Barron, Ceara O’Brien, Eadaoin Fitzgerald, Shauna Kelly (1-1), Niamh Potter (0-3), Róisín Tobin, Dervla Potter, Michelle Harding, Therese Sheil (1-0). Subs; Linzi Lanigan for Roche (38), Niamh Doyle for Quill (38), also Katie Lacey, Chloe Mahon, Caroline Curran.