Congratulations to Moorefield’s Ciara Conaty and Shauna Doyle who are on the Kildare Minor Panel for 2013.
Kildare 2-7 vs. Dublin 3-17
Shauna Doyle (Corner Back) Ciara Conaty (Midfield)
Kildare vs. Wexford
Kildare 13.13 vs. Wicklow 1.3
Shauna Corner Back, Ciara Conaty Full Back
Kildare 4-12 vs Meath 3-15
Leinster ‘ A’ Minor Ladies Football Semi-final
Donaghmore/Ashbourne GAA Club, Ashbourne, Co. Meath.
6pm Saturday, 13th April
Referee: Stephen McNulty (Wicklow)
By Catherine Conaty.
Kildare Minor Ladies travelled to the fantastic surrounds of Donaghmore/Ashbourne GAA Grounds to take on Meath in the second of the semi-finals of the Leinster A Championship. The result of the other semi-final was in and the winner of this game would meet Dublin in the Leinster A Final, while the losers would play Laois in the Leinster B Final.
It was a cold evening and having rained prior to the game the pitch was slippery and there was a slight breeze. However, Kildare won the toss and opted to play with the advantage of the breeze in the first half.
Kildare’s Tara Hallinan won the throw in and straight away the ball was worked in to half forward Mikaela McKenna who was unluckly not to point in the first minute of the game. She was awarded a 45 for her efforts. The ball was being worked from one end of the pitch to the other for the next ten minutes and despite numerous attempts it was Meath who scored first in the fourth minute with a fine point from Laura Griffin followed a minute later by a free from Laura Murray. Kildare’s first score came from a free taken by Mikaela McKenna in the 6th minute. Meath added two more points to their tally from Laura Murray and Laura Griffin. Kildare’s midfield of Tara Hallinan and Niamh Tuohy along with half forwards Éadaoin Connolly, Orla Gowran and Mikaela McKenna piled on the pressure for the next five minutes and were duly awarded a free in the twelfth minute for their efforts. Mikaela McKenna being on the receiving end of this free kick turned and took a shot on goal which she lobbed in over the Meath keeper Sarah Powderly. With the sides level for the first time in the game Meath took the ball up the field and responded with another point from play. Kildare were next to score with another fine point from Mikaela McKenna and a point from a free from Ellen Dowling in the 16th and 18th minutes respectively. However, Meath were quick to respond and put the Kildare back line of Shauna Doyle, Ciara Conaty and Briona Hoban under tremendous pressure and scored two goals in quick succession in the 19th and 21st minutes from Áine Bennett and Alicia Curtis. Kildare were not going to let this 4 point lead deflate them and they responded with great passages of play from the half back line of Michaela Nolan, Orla Keoghan and Amy McGrane right up through the ranks and were rewarded with another goal from the ever accurate boot of Mikaela McKenna. Kildare added another point from a well taken free from Ellen Dowling. Kildare’s keeper Rebecca McGuirk who played no small role in this first half pulled of a great save in the 26th minute of the game and managed to get the ball off to Kildare’s full back Ciara Conaty who put the ball out of the danger zone. The half finished out with another point a piece from Meath’s Laura Murray and Kildare’s Orla Gowran. The sides were level at half time with a score line of 2-6 to 2-6.
The second half began with an attack from Meath and they had three points scored within the first five minutes before Kildare decided that they needed to take action. It was to be the 42nd minute before Kildare scored and they done so in style with an excellent shot on goal from the corner forward Ellen Dowling. Kildare were dealt a blow when their captain Trina Duggan was sin binned in the 43rd minute for a fowl which was deemed to be committed on Meath’s corner back Katie Queeney. However, despite being one player down this appeared to spur on the Kildare girls performance and the other full forwards Muireann Scully and Ellen Dowling reacted positively. Some excellent defending followed from the Kildare back line and keeper, who were continuously working the ball out of the danger zone. Meath managed to add another point in the 44th minute from the ever threatening Emma Troy. Kildare responded quickly with some great ball work from Michaela Nolan and Orla Gowran to add another point from play from Mikaela McKenna and an excellent turnover from Éadaoin Connolly resulted in another point being added from the boot of Orla Gowran. Meath added another two points to their tally and while it was looking like a one point defeat was looming Kildare’s Ellen Dowling, who put in a sterling match performance, was awarded a free and duly converted to leave the sides level at full time.
The first half of extra time was plagued with cramp injuries from both sides and 10 minutes turned into 20, but it was Kildare who came out on top after the first period with two points from play from Orla Gowran and Ellen Dowling. Meath put one point on the board in the 10th minute of this period from the boot of Áine Bennett.
Kildare were dealt a blow in the 2nd minute of the second period of extra time when Meath were awarded a penalty for a foul deemed to have occurred in the box, which Meath’s Áine Bennett put away without fault. Meath’s Siofra Cleary added another point from play in the 5th minute of this period. Kildare’s Ellen Dowling added a point from a free for Kildare in the 7th minute and Kildare’s Orla Gowran found the net in the ninth minute to a rapturous applause from the Kildare support. With the final whistle only a minute away it was Kildare who were out in front by the minimum. However, Meath were going to have the last say and added another point from play in the final minute of extra time. The sides were again level after extra time (Kildare 4-12, Meath 3-15) which means both sides will meet again next weekend in Kildare, time and venue to be announced. After this performance next week’s game promises to be another cracker so come out and support the Minor Lillies.
Kildare: Rebecca McGuirk, Shauna Doyle, Ciara Conaty, Orla Keoghan, Briona Hoban, Michaela Nolan, Amy McGrane, Tara Hallinan, Niamh Tuohy, Éadaoin Connolly, Orla Gowran (1-03), Mikaela McKenna (2-03,1f), Ellen Dowling (1-06, 5f), Trina Duggan, Muireann Scully, Orlaith Moran for Tuohy (39th min.), Niamh Lawler for McGrane (41st min.), Danielle Clerkin for Hallinan (50th min.), Ruth Bergin for Scully (50th min.), Shannon Gannon, Racheal Cribbin, Aisling Breslin, Orla Hogan, Jessica Nolan, Hannah Mulcahy, Caoimhe Hynes.
Meath: Sarah Powderly, Gillian Hawdon, Niamh Sheridan, Katie Quennie, Siofra Cleary, Michell Peel, Emma Troy (0-01), Aisling Cassidy, Helen Regan, Laura Dempsey, Alicia Curtis(1-00), Maeve Scanlon, Áine Bennett (2-03, 1f, 1p), Laura Murray (0-07, 4f), Laura Griffin (0-02), Kelly Harris for Scanlon, Emma Healy (0-02) for Griffin, Ellen Hennelly for Harris, Naoise de Graff for Healy, Kate Flynn for Cleary, Aoife Dunne for Murray, Ciara Donoghue, Becky O’ Toole, Hannah McKeon, Riain O’Keefe, Ciara Delaney, Niamh Keane, Caroline Brothwood, Anna Rothwell, Shannon Connolly, Saoirse McGrath.
It was into injury time after Extra Time. Meath had just equalised from a free ( a handy enough one ) but before the kick-out the Meath free taker went down with cramp. Kildare manager Davie Burke decided to take no chances with a couple of tiring defenders and sent in as subs, Orla Keoghegan & Amy McGrane who had both been themselves been subbed earlier. Now being re-introduced is not always appreciated but this time it was different. Orla & Amy sprinted into their defensive positions and when her opponent wanted to show who was boss Orla let her know she was , shall we say “mistaken” and moments later when Meath came looking for a winner, Orla stood up the forward and forced an overcarry and a replay. What commitment.
Semi Final Replay
Kildare vs. Meath
Sunday 21st April at 4pm
|KILDARE MINOR TRAINING PANEL 2013.|
|Caoimhe Hynes Fagan||Kilcock|
|Mikaela McKenna||Na Fianna|
|Hannah Mulcahy||Round Towers|
|Amy Gallagher||Robert Emmetts|
|Niamh Lawler||St. Laurences|
|Rebecca Mc Guirk||Suncroft|