Balt­in­glass fin­ish on high with Se­nior ‘B’ ti­tle win

Kealy and Parke on song against gal­lant Bray Em­mets

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - MARTIN O’BRIEN at Bal­li­nakill

BRAY EM­METS and Balt­in­glass ladies’ foot­ballers took to the field on a cold Thurs­day night in Septem­ber, with the hope of fin­ish­ing out their re­spec­tive sea­sons with some sil­ver­ware. It must be said that, even though it was a cold Thurs­day in Bal­li­nakill, these ladies de­liv­ered a fine and en­ter­tain­ing game.

Bray started the brightest in this con­test, hit­ting the back of the net in the first minute of the game. They stormed down the field, with Laura But­ler fin­ish­ing to the net. They fol­lowed this up with a point from Mikaela Shel­ley on five min­utes.

Balt­in­glass took con­trol for the re­main­der of the first half, scor­ing 2-5 with­out re­ply up un­til the 22nd minute. Marie Kealy was tor­men­tor in chief for the west team, scor­ing three fine points. She was ably as­sisted by Cather­ine Byrne and Ciara O’Brien who bagged a goal each. Byrne then dou­bled down with a point, and Ella Parke added an­other.

The teams ex­changed points com­ing up to half time with Laura But­ler and Una O’Grady scor­ing for Bray. Ella Parke and He­lena Dowl­ing added scores for Balt­in­glass. Ella Parke then fin­ished a lovely move to bury Balt­in­glass’ third goal, a ham­mer blow just be­fore the half-time whis­tle.

Both teams had out­stand­ing per­form­ers, but it was Balt­in­glass who had the edge in the for­ward di­vi­sion with their clin­i­cal fin­ish­ing. The score at half-time read – Bray 1-3, Balt­in­glass 3-6.

Bray came fly­ing out of the traps in the se­cond half and pro­duced a car­bon copy of their start in the first half. They banged in a goal through half time sub­sti­tute, Eimear Martin, and a point from Danika Gould­ing. It is of­ten said that some games are ‘games of two halves’, how­ever this one was some­what of a re­peat of the first half.

Balt­in­glass again took over af­ter the ini­tial surge from Bray. The girls from the west rat­tled off 2-2 be­fore Bray would reg­is­ter an­other score. Marie Kealy added a goal and a point to her tally, with Ella Parke adding a se­cond ma­jor – a po­tent in­side pairing. Cather­ine Byrne added a point, as she de­liv­ered a mas­ter­class in ball car­ry­ing and de­liv­ery to in­side for­wards.

Bray didn’t give up the fight. They came back in the last 10 min­utes adding a goal and two points from Laura But­ler, who had an ex­cep­tional game un­der se­vere pres­sure.

Balt­in­glass added two more scores in the form of He­lena Dowl­ing and Rachel O’Neill.

Over­all, Balt­in­glass were the stronger team on the night. Their mid-field pairing of Sarah Jane Winders and Paula Faulkner were im­mense, with Cather­ine Byrne de­liv­er­ing a huge amount of ball to Kealy and Parke who did the fin­ish­ing. Bray fought hard, with Laura But­ler show­ing se­ri­ous class, and Emily Cahill, Una O’Grady and Mikaela Shel­ley work­ing their socks off.

Scor­ers – Bray Em­mets: Laura But­ler 2-4, Eimear Martin 1-0, Mikaela Shel­ley 0-1, Una O’Grady 0-1, Danika Gould­ing 0-1.

Balt­in­glass: Marie Kealy 1-4, Ella Parke 2-1, Cather­ine Byrne 1-2, Ciara O’Brien 1-0, He­lena Dowl­ing 0-2, Rachel O’Neill 0-1.

Bray Em­mets, who fell to Balt­in­glass in the Se­nior ‘B’ foot­ball fi­nal in Bal­li­nakill. Ref­eree John Ber­ming­ham presents Han­nah Sheerin with the cup.

The Balt­in­glass team that de­feated Bray Em­mets in the Se­nior ‘B’ foot­ball fi­nal last week in Bal­li­nakill.

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