Swift de­par­ture for Shels ladies

Enniscorthy Guardian - - SPORT -


AN UNDERSTRENGTH Shel­malier side had no an­swer for a star-stud­ded Foxrock-Cabin­teely in the Le­in­ster ladies’ foot­ball Se­nior club cham­pi­onship quar­ter-fi­nal in Bray on Sun­day.

The Dublin out­fit have so much strengthin-depth - boast­ing an ar­ray of tal­ent from across the land - that they can af­ford to have in­ter-county play­ers on the bench.

Mean­while, Shel­malier were miss­ing three of their Wex­ford stars, and were four short of their county fi­nal line-up.

With Sarah Hard­ing-Kenny and Leona Tec­tor injured, Siob­hán Cloake un­avail­able and Róisín Mur­phy com­pet­ing in the In­ter­me­di­ate camo­gie fi­nal with Buf­fers Al­ley, the Hol­ly­mount out­fit were well and truly up against it.

How­ever, it didn’t stop Pat Quill’s side from giv­ing it a real go and they were es­pe­cially com­pet­i­tive in the first-half.

Michelle Hard­ing made an im­pres­sion with a stel­lar per­for­mance, Deirdre Fox made a few fine saves be­tween the posts, while Deirdre McMa­hon and Maeve Quill caused the Dublin club prob­lems in de­fence.

McMa­hon ac­tu­ally kicked the Wex­ford club into an early lead, con­vert­ing a free af­ter Deirdre Byrne was fouled.

She popped over an­other dead-ball to make it 0-2 each but Amy Ring net­ted to kick-start the even­tual vic­tors.

Michelle Doyle con­verted a dead-ball af­ter Hard­ing was fouled but an­other ma­jor from the south Dublin club, this time from Han­nah O’Reilly, helped them into a 2-4 to 0-3 lead.

Young­ster Ailis Neville en­hanced her grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion with a 24th-minute ma­jor as Shels kept fight­ing.

McMa­hon kicked an­other free be­fore the in­ter­val but Foxrock-Cabin­teely con­tin­ued to tack on scores and build a 2-8 to 1-4 ad­van­tage at the change of ends.

The ‘hosts’ main­tained a sim­i­lar rate in the sec­ond pe­riod but the Shel­malier scored dried up.

Dublin panel mem­ber Han­nah O’Neill found the net early in the pe­riod and, af­ter a string of points, Laura Ner­ney shot past Fox to make it 4-16 to 1-4.

Kel­lie Kear­ney did add one tick to the Shel­malier side of the score­board late on to avoid a sec­ond-half shut-out but it wasn’t to be their day.

Shel­malier: Deirdre Fox; Eadaoin Fitzgerald, Sadbh McCarthy, Ceara O’Brien; Michelle Hard­ing, Shauna Mur­phy, Eleanor Neville; Clara Don­nelly, Kel­lie Kear­ney (0-1 free); Deirdre Byrne, Lau­ren Mur­phy, Michelle Doyle (0-1 free); Maeve Quill, Deirdre McMa­hon (0-3 frees), Ailis Neville (1-0). Subs. - Mikaela Lani­gan, Lisa Quill, Caro­line Cur­ran.

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