Baltinglass finish on high with Senior ‘B’ title win
Kealy and Parke on song against gallant Bray Emmets
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.