Coláiste Bríde storm into Le­in­ster fi­nal with big win

Wexford People - - SPORT - DAVE DEV­EREUX in Fer­rycar­rig Park

COLAISTE BRIDE stormed into the fi­nal of the Bank of Ire­land Le­in­ster ‘A’ Senior Cup with a su­perb per­for­mance in a chilly Fer­rycar­rig Park on Fri­day.

The En­nis­cor­thy girls held a 2-0 ad­van­tage at the in­ter­val, and with Pre­sen­ta­tion push­ing for­ward to try to find a route back into the game they pounced for two late goals to kill off the tie.

The Wex­ford town side did en­joy a pur­ple patch mid­way through the sec­ond-half and had they scored then it may have set up a nervy fin­ish, but in the end Coláiste Bríde ran out fully-mer­ited win­ners.

They couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter start, with Aoife Dev­ereux fir­ing them in front with just six min­utes on the clock fol­low­ing some free-flow­ing play.

Louise But­ler started the move when she found Anais Cur­ran on the left wing. Cur­ran then linked up with Sarah Fig­gis, who squared for Dev­ereux to calmly slot the ball past goal­keeper Ni­amh Ke­hoe.

Pre­sen­ta­tion came close to the per­fect re­sponse in the 15th minute when Ailis Neville men­ac­ingly burst through the Coláiste Bríde de­fence, but Gráinne McCabe was bravely off her line to smother the dan­ger.

The goal­keeper was then called into ac­tion at the other end, with Ni­amh Ke­hoe gath­er­ing at the sec­ond at­tempt af­ter Anais Cur­ran’s shot slipped through her fin­gers.

Coláiste Bríde con­tin­ued to push for­ward in droves, and Aoife Dev­ereux twice warmed the gloves of Ke­hoe, be­fore Sarah Fig­gis wrig­gled free but was thwarted by the alert net­min­der.

Amy Long re­ally caught the eye for Coláiste Bríde, as time and time again she came away with the ball, as the En­nis­cor­thy girls con­tin­ued to keep Pre­sen­ta­tion at arm’s length.

They did threaten in the 32nd when Siob­hán Doolan played a per­fectly-weighted through ball to Eleanor Ham­mel, but her touch was a tad too heavy and it gave McCabe time to gather.

Aideen Byrne and Anais Cur­ran tried their luck from dis­tance for Coláiste Bríde, and the pres­sure told a minute be­fore the in­ter­val when they grabbed their sec­ond.

Laura But­ler tried to pick out the in­rush­ing Aoife Dev­ereux and an at­tempted clear­ance ric­o­cheted off a Pre­sen­ta­tion de­fender and into her own net.

Coláiste Bríde went close to putting the game to bed af­ter the change of ends, with Sarah Fig­gis shoot­ing straight at Ke­hoe, then see­ing her ef­fort tipped round the post by the net­min­der, and Leah Fur­long head­ing Laura But­ler’s corner over the bar.

How­ever, Pre­sen­ta­tion be­gan to up the pres­sure as the half wore on and the lively Ailis Neville al­most grabbed a life­line for her side with twelve min­utes re­main­ing as she squirmed past de­fend­ers and the goal­keeper but her shot trick­led into the side-net­ting.

With time run­ning out, Pre­sen­ta­tion’s Fiona Kin­sella flashed an ef­fort across the face of goal, and their race was run with three min­utes re­main­ing as Aoife Dev­ereux met Laura But­ler’s cross with a con­trolled vol­ley from the edge of the area and found the back of the net.

Sub­sti­tute Amy Mit­ten then put the ic­ing on the cake in in­jury time, when she raced clear and ap­plied a clin­i­cal fin­ish.

Coláiste Bríde now face ei­ther Scoil Críost Rí from Port­laoise or St. Lau­rence Col­lege, Lough­lin­stown, in the Le­in­ster fi­nal.

Coláiste Bríde: Gráinne McCabe (capt.), Amy Long, Aoife Codd, Loren Doyle, Leah Fur­long, Anais Cur­ran, Louise But­ler, Laura But­ler, Sarah Fig­gis, Aoife Dev­ereux, Aideen Byrne. Sub. - Amy Mit­ten for Byrne.

Pre­sen­ta­tion: Ni­amh Ke­hoe, Abi Dev­ereux, Aoife Burke, Ciara Bridges, Jamie Dev­ereux, Lau­ren McLouglin, Ni­amh Tormey, Siob­hán Doolan, Lau­ren McLough­lin, Fiona Kin­sella, Ailis Neville. Subs. - Ais­ling O’Sullivan for McLough­lin, Tara Mur­phy for O’Sullivan, Sarah Mur­phy for J. Dev­ereux, Jodie Walsh for Ham­mel, Emma McMa­hon for Neville, Rachael Cros­bie for Kin­sella.

Ref­eree: Matt Colfer.

The vic­to­ri­ous Coláiste Bríde (En­nis­cor­thy) team be­fore Fri­day’s im­pres­sive vic­tory.

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