David­stown rule in re­play

New Ross Standard - - SPORT - BRIAN CARTY


THE GIRLS from David­stown­had to call upon ev­ery ounce of their de­fen­sive acu­men to re­pel a strong-fin­ish­ing Rapparees side on the way to col­lect­ing the Mi­nor camo­gie Roinn 2B cham­pi­onship ti­tle with a grip­ping 2-6 to 2-3 vic­tory in this re­play in Boolabawn.

While each mem­ber of the home side played their part in vic­tory, much of the plau­dits are re­served for tal­ented goal­keeper Taragh Cooper, who com­manded her area with author­ity.

Sim­ply put, the home side wouldn’t have won with­out her as­sur­ance be­tween the sticks, as she was con­fi­dent un­der the drop­ping ball, re­pelled most shots that came her way, and dis­trib­uted her puck-outs with accuracy.

And with El­lie Jevens in un­com­pro­mis­ing form just in front of her, that dou­ble-act proved piv­otal in tak­ing home the spoils af­ter over two hours of com­pet­i­tive ac­tion.

The lo­cals were also helped by do­ing the ma­jor­ity of their scor­ing in the first-half, with Ava O’Con­nor get­ting them up and run­ning when slap­ping over the open­ing point on two min­utes.

Cooper had al­ready in­ter­vened on a cou­ple of oc­ca­sions be­fore Lucy Egan dou­bled their tally on six min­utes, while Jade Power’s shot from the right wing bounced off the turf and into the net to build a 1-2 to nil lead one minute later.

The Rapps were soon de­nied twice in rapid suc­ces­sion as Cooper got out quick to save from Ciara Boland and then from Erin Peo­ples on the fol­low-up.

Donna De­lahunty picked off a point at the other end, and for­tune favoured them again on 23 min­utes when Rachel Mur­phy-Buck­ley was un­sighted by a mass of bod­ies as De­lahunty’s teas­ing de­liv­ery ended up in the net.

Erin Cahill notched Rapparees’ first point on 24 min­utes, but two placed balls from Lau­ren De­laney (one free, one ‘45) meant that the Belle­field girls had a lot of ground to make up af­ter the break as they trailed by 2-5 to 0-1.

But they made a valiant at­tempt at haul­ing in the lead­ers and one got the sense that the full-time whis­tle came as sweet re­lief to David­stown-Court­nacuddy as Rapparees had re­ally cranked up the pres­sure.

Ead­hba Far­rell saw her free from out the field veer off a de­fender’s hurl for a goal that in­spired con­fi­dence, and she sup­plied two more frees as the gap was re­duced to 2-6 to 1-3 with four min­utes re­main­ing.

How­ever, Cooper had one last party trick, as she some­how pro­duced an out­stand­ing save when Bon­nie Kin­naird looked set to goal from close range.

And that save proved de­ci­sive in the end as not even Cooper stood a chance in stop­ping Ciara O’Con­nor’s bul­let in in­jury time as David­stown-Court­nacuddy tasted suc­cess.

David­stown-Court­nacuddy: Taragh Cooper; El­lie Jevens, Hol­lie Kelly; Mairéad Crean (capt.), Lau­ren De­laney (0-3, 2 frees, 1 ‘45); Lucy Egan (0-1), Jade Power (1-0), Anna Jevens; Ava O’Con­nor (0-1), Donna De­lahunty (1-1); Cather­ine Moitie, Aoib­hinn Crean. Subs. - Tara En­nis for Moitie (35), Jamie Egan for Crean (47), also Beth Mur­phy, Amy Mur­phy, Katie Roche.

Rapparees: Rachel Mur­phy-Buck­ley; Méad­hbh Fo­ley, Ab­bie Dagg; Aine Mur­phy, Kath­leen Red­mond (capt.); Ead­hba Far­rell (1-2 frees), Bon­nie Kin­naird, Erin Cahill (0-1); Ciara Boland, Ciara O’Con­nor (1-0); Anna Ka­vanagh, Erin Peo­ples. Subs. - Jessie O’Brien for Peo­ples (54), also Rita Mur­phy.

Ref­eree: David O’Leary (Rathnure).

David­stown-Court­nacuddy (above), who de­feated Rapparees (be­low) in the re­played fi­nal.

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