AGB march on to semi-fi­nals

Tough win away to Bray

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AGB BRAY EMMETS 1-12 2-07

AGB’S Se­nior ladies trav­elled to Bray on Fri­day last to play their fi­nal group game in the 2017 cham­pi­onship.

Hav­ing beaten Bless­ing­ton and Clara, AGB were play­ing to top the group and guar­an­tee their place in the semi-fi­nals in the com­ing weeks.

As al­ways, Bray pro­vided fierce op­po­si­tion on their home turf and they re­ally put it up to the visi­tors with an early first half goal putting them into the driv­ing po­si­tion in the open­ing quar­ter.

AGB were find­ing it dif­fi­cult to get their hands on the ball and to main­tain pos­ses­sion when they had the ball in hand.

The AGB back line held firm against mul­ti­ple at­tacks and forced many of Bray’s at­tempts at scor­ing wide of the mark.

On the at­tack AGB also squan­dered chances but with points from Steph Martin, Áine O’Reilly, Róisín O’Reilly, Katie Hur­ley and An­nie Con­roy they did enough to stay in con­tention at half-time while trail­ing 1-4 to 0-6.

The se­cond half saw more of the same evenly fought bat­tle but a se­cond Bray goal put AGB on the back foot once again.

Fol­low­ing in­juries to An­nie Con­roy and Róisín O’Reilly the girls de­cided to re­ally put the foot down in the clos­ing min­utes scor­ing 1-3 to Bray’s sin­gle point and se­cur­ing vic­tory on a score line of 1-12 to 2-7.

Ann Marie Kee­gan was an im­pact sub­sti­tu­tion for AGB scor­ing 1-2 to help her side to vic­tory. Steph Martin played a leader’s role adding three more to her tally in the clos­ing half.

This was a very closely fought con­test and a su­per save from Linda Dempsey in in­jury time saw a fi­nal at­tempt on goal tipped over the bar.

This was cru­cial as AGB led by three points at that stage and a goal would have lev­elled mat­ters once again.

Alanna Con­roy, Seona Michel, Laura But­ler, Mikaela Shel­ley and Ais­ling Ó hAn­naidh were out­stand­ing for Bray.

AGB now go on to the semi-fi­nal in which they will play the se­cond placed team from the se­cond group.

This game will most likely take place on the week­end of Au­gust 19 as the fi­nals of all three grades; Ju­nior, In­ter­me­di­ate and Se­nior are set for Septem­ber 3 in Aughrim.

The AGB ladies had ter­rific sup­port as many trav­elled to Bray to see the girls qual­ify yet again for the fi­nal stages of the cham­pi­onship.

AGB Ju­nior ladies are also con­test­ing the Ju­nior ‘A’ semi-fi­nal so it’s a suc­cess­ful cham­pi­onship cam­paign to date for AGB ladies.

AGB: Linda Dempsey, Eimear Kelly, Ciara Forde, Sarah Gar­nett, Doire­ann Ka­vanagh (0-1), Jes­sica Hur­ley, Medbh Ó Chonchúb­hair, Stephanie Martin (0-4), Ni­amh Arthur, Róisín O’Reilly, An­nie Con­roy (0-2), Jessie McEl­heron, Áine O’Reilly (0-1), Áine O’Reilly (0-1), Katie Hur­ley (0-1), Emma Fur­long, Ann Marie Kee­gan (1-2), Orla Byrne, Eve Rogers, Ab­bie Doyle, Laura Rice, An­ge­lika Py­ciak.

Bray: Éadaoin Leni­han, Jane But­ler, Ais­ling Mc­Cabe, Emily Deveney, Alanna Con­roy, Rachel Cun­ning­ham, Naomi Doo­nan, Danika Gould­ing, Carla Lennon, Eimear Martin, Seona Michel, Ais­ling Ní hAn­naidh, Una O’Grady, Lau­ren Rowe, Mikaela Shel­ley, Eve Mur­phy, Alice Fitz­patrick, Laura But­ler.

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