Ní An­naidh breaks Baltinglass hearts with late goal

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT -

A crack­ing ladies ‘B’ fi­nal saw Bray edge out Baltinglass af­ter a riv­et­ing match at Round­wood last Sun­day evening.

A topsy turvy game was ul­ti­mately de­cided by an Ais­ling Ní An­naidh free kick that dropped into the Baltinglass net as the game en­tered in­jury time.

Bray started swiftly with Ní An­naidh point­ing an early free from the first at­tack.

Baltinglass show­ing great en­de­vour and en­ergy re­sponded with rapid scores from Marie Kealy and Su­san Dowl­ing.

An early tac­tic from Bray saw them try­ing to de­liver quick ball to the full for­ward line. Points by Ní An­naidh and busy wing for­ward Naomi Doo­nan edged the Bray women ahead.

As the game calmed down both teams had spells of dom­i­nance but the first ma­jor score came as Ní An­naidh’s ef­fort hit the cross­bar the ball was re­cy­cled to Carla Len­non who fed dan­ger­ous cor­ner for­ward Laura But­ler to drill home to stretch the Bray lead to four.

Kealy, who was a con­stant out­let to the Baltinglass de­fence, replied to nar­row the gap.

Then came a beau­ti­ful Bray goal. Doo­nan an­gled a pin­point long ball into But­ler she shim­mied to cre­ate a yard of space and with a sharp shooter’s eye pinged a de­li­cious ef­fort past Geral­dine Nolan in the Baltinglass goal.

The women from the west re­sponded im­pres­sively as a ram­pag­ing run through the mid­dle by Cather­ine Dempsey saw her off­load to Kealy whose rocket of a shot clipped the bar and over.

From the kick­out, Baltinglass re­gained pos­s­e­sion, Dempsey trans­ferred to Kealy who rounded the Bray keeper Eadaoine Leni­han to score a smart goal.

Bray struck back im­me­di­ately with a beau­ti­ful score from Juli­ette For­tune with the out­side of the right boot.

Bray’s Aoife Gillen and Baltinglass’s Rebecca Bowes traded scores to close out the first half scor­ing with the north Wick­low lead­ing by a goal.

Ní An­naidh and Kealy swapped quick points at the start of the sec­ond half be­fore Balto got an equal­is­ing penalty af­ter Mag­gie Nolan was pulled down near the goal.

Kealy fin­ished ex­pertly to the keep­ers left.

At this stage Bray moved wing back Alice Fitzger­ald back onto Kealy and she snuffed out Baltinglass’s main threat.

Nolan pushed Baltinglass into a lead but O’hAn­naidh struck back for Bray.

Then came the grip­ping fi­nale. Ní An­naidh’s ef­fort for a point dipped on the breeze just un­der the bar to push Bray three clear.

Baltinglass ral­lied with a Kealy free and a good point from play by Bowes but alas time was to run out for the west women.

Ní An­naidh with 1-6 and But­ler with her two goals were the stand out per­form­ers for the vic­tors with Marie Kealy hugely im­pres­sive for Baltinglass.

Scor­ers - Bray Em­mets: Ais­ling Ní An­naidh 1-6, Laura But­ler 2-0, Naomi Doo­nan 0-1, Juli­ette For­tune 0-1, Aoife Gillen 0-1.

Baltinglass: Marie Kealy 2-6, Rebecca Bowes 0-2, Cather­ine Dempsey 0-1, Su­san Dowl­ing 0-1, Mag­gie Nolan 0-1.

Bray Em­mets: Eadaoine Leni­han; Lauren Rowe, Shaunna Dou­glas, Emily Deveney; Alice Fitzger­ald, Alanna Con­roy, Jane But­ler; Aoife Gillen, Una O’Grady; Juli­ette For­tune, Mikaela Shelly, Naomi Doo­nan; Laura But­ler, Ais­ling Ní An­naidh, Carla Len­non. Subs: Shona Michele, Erin Horn, Shauna Dou­glas.

Baltinglass: Geral­dine Nolan; She­fali Daly Danne, Paula Faulkner, Ciara Hen­nessy; Jackie Byrne, Sarah Fen­nelly, Han­nah Dowl­ing; Sarah Jane Win­der, Cather­ine Dempsey; Rebecca Bowes, Eve­lyn Deans, Su­san Dowl­ing; Emma Flem­ing, Marie Kealy, Mag­gie Nolan. He­lena Dowl­ing, Mia Ka­vanagh, Chloe O’Neill.

Ref­eree: Stephen McNulty

County Se­nior ‘B’ champs, Bray Em­mets.

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