Congratulations to Celbridge Ladies U16 Football Team who progressed to the Division 5 League Final by defeating Naas in an exciting semi-final clash. Despite very windy conditions both teams registered some fine scores in the first half and by half time Celbridge led by 1-6 to 1-3, with Rachel O’Reilly getting the home team’s only goal. A long range point from Alex Casey and second goal from Maria Keating helped Celbridge to extend their lead to six points early in the second half. Naas however were still in this game and it took a number of superb saves from Celbridge’s keeper Abby Collinge to prevent them from adding to their goal tally at this stage. Celbridge’s third goal of the night came after a fine passing move begun by Niamh Mortell in her own half and finished expertly by Rachel O’Reilly for her second goal of the game. This score put Celbridge seven points ahead however Naas to their credit never give up and two quick goals from their dangerous full forward line ensured that this game went right down to the wire. Although Naas finished strongly a combination of a couple of late points from Alex Casey and some resolute defending saw Celbridge to victory by two points.
For Celbridge Sarah Wallace, Emma Lynch and Niamh Tracey all had fine games in defence. Alex Casey scored a number of fine points from play and placed balls, while Rachel O’Reilly was the pick of Celbridge’s forwards. Celbridge’s stand out player on the night however was the goalkeeper Abby Collinge who pulled off a string of great saves. Commiserations to Naas who give their all and contributed to an exciting game that was played in a sporting manner throughout.
Well done to the mentors Mike and Kevin and all the girls on the team for getting to the final. This is another great achievement in what has been a very successful year for Celbridge ladies football. All the best in the final against Confey.
Final Score Celbridge (3-10) v Naas (4-5)