Ladies Senior Football Championship : Celbridge v Cappagh (29th June 2017)

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Written by Darren Gallagher

In what was a repeat of the final game of our 2017 League campaign, Celbridge welcomed Cappagh on this occasion for Round 1 of the Championship. The weather & match conditions always get a mention, and for this game , it proved to be even more pertinent as the wet, wintry and cold weather proved challenging for fielding, passing & shooting in the particularly slippery conditions.  Both teams were missing some of their key players, but both still fielded very strong teams (coupled with college, holidays, work commitments etc. impacting on ability of teams to prepare as they would like for the Championship).  However, despite all of this, the Ladies from both teams displayed great commitment, energy & teamwork to produce a fantastic & absorbing game of football, leaving those willing to brave the elements with just reward.

Celbridge got off to a great start with a flowing move, incorporating great handling & passing skills resulting in a glorious point from Orla Gowran.  However Cappagh were on the scoresheet within first 10 minutes with a well taken goal, the Mulligan sisters (too many to mention!), playing a key part in its delivery.  So with ‘game on’ and end to end action following, teams swopped points, with Orla again on the scoresheet with 2 excellently taken points to bring Celbridge within one point of Cappagh.  The breakthrough that was required from Celbridge came in the form of great approach play, support & finishing with ball in the back of the net from Nicole McDonagh.

The midfield & defensive structures of both teams were dominant in the later stages of the first half and although there was still great off the shoulder running and showing for the ball by the girls, the only scores in last 10 minutes came from a well taken point from Maeve O’Keeffe offset from another point from Cappagh leaving half time score at :-

Celbridge 1-4 : Cappagh 1-2

Celbridge began the second half in the same manner as middle period of the first half, with Orla again coming to the fore and adding to her points tally.  However Cappagh began to find their rhythm and rattled off a goal and seven points while Celbridge failed to match their intensity, power and clinical finishing during this 15 minute period.  The introduction of a number of players from Cappagh bench helped them during this period, but Celbridge continued to battle for the ball with nobody shirking their responsibility & desire to be as competitive as possible and keep in touch on the scoreboard.  

Despite the challenge posed by Cappagh during this period, Celbridge adopted a defensive strategy right from the corner forwards (tighter marking, tracking back, aggressive tackling & battling qualities were clearly demonstrated).  With time running out and serious energy expelled by all the girls, there was one last push from Celbridge to bridge the gap and set up a big finale.  Alex was pushed further up the pitch and came up with an excellent point, followed shortly afterwards by another fine shot & goal from Orla.  Unfortunately, despite the best efforts & outstanding performance from all the team, with a special mention for Nicole who marshalled midfield excellently & Orla for her attacking prowess, Cappagh deserved the result, but Ladies Football was the true winner tonight.

Another truly pulsating & entertaining game (especially with the conditions) with great credit to both teams for a very competitive and sporting match and an even closer outcome than the league encounter.

Let’s take the positives from this great team performance and face the next challenge in the Championship with a renewed vigour & come with same attitude, enthusiasm & belief.  Keep up the great effort & commitment to training & well done again to the Mulligan boys, Gavin, Hillary and the Senior Ladies squad …..

Final score Celbridge 2-6 : Cappagh 2-10

Scorers :-

Orla Gowran (1-4) ; Nicole McDonagh (1-0) ; Alex Casey & Maeve O’Keeffe (0-1)  

 

Match Report: Celbridge Senior Ladies Lose to Cappagh

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Celbridge Senior Ladies Lose to Cappagh

Division 3 25/4/2017

Written by Ladies football PRO, Damien Thomas. 

On a bright but cold evening, Celbridge Senior Ladies lost out to an impressive Cappagh side, who remain unbeaten in the league. In the first quarter both sides were evenly matched however a combination of a strong cross wind and some resolute defending ensured there were few scores in this period. Celbridge’s first point of the game came when Orla Gowran received a pass from Ailbhe Earley and went on a fine run before scoring a point. Gradually however Cappagh began to get on top and scored 1-2 without reply. A Nicola Hughes free and another point from Orla cut the gap to two points. The game turned in the last ten minutes of the half however as Cappagh fired in three goals. Celbridge’s only reply was a point from the ever dangerous Orla Gowran. 

Half Time Score Cappagh (3-3) V Celbridge (0-4).

Although Celbridge started the second half well, a single point from Orla Gowran was their only reward for all their possession. In contrast Cappagh, with Carla Wosser and the Mulligan sisters to the fore, scored 1-7 to stretch their lead to 17 points at one stage. To their credit Celbridge Ladies never give up and points from Laura Flynn and Gemma Kilduff in addition to two goals from Orla Gowran cut the deficit to nine points. So commiserations to Celbridge and well done to Cappagh. For Celbridge Orla Gowran with 2-4 had a great game in the forward line while Sinead Hennessey at half back also turned in another impressive performance.

Final Score Cappagh (4-10) V Celbridge (2-7)

Final Score Cappagh (4-10) V (2-7) Celbridge 

Celbridge Scorers Orla Gowran (2-4, one penalty); Nichola Hughes (0-1f) Gemma Kilduff (0-1) Laura Flynn (0-1)

Celbridge Senior Ladies Lose to Cappagh 25/04/2017

Written by Damian Thomas. Posted in LF-Seniors

Division 3 25/4/2017

On a bright but cold evening, Celbridge Senior Ladies lost out to an impressive Cappagh side, who remain unbeaten in the league.  In the first quarter both sides were evenly matched however a combination of a strong cross wind and some resolute defending ensured there were few scores in this period.  Celbridge’s first point of the game came when Orla Gowran received a pass from Ailbhe Earley and went on a fine run before scoring a point.  Gradually however Cappagh began to get on top and scored 1-2 without reply.  A Nicola Hughes free and another point from Orla cut the gap to two points.  The game turned in the last ten minutes of the half however as Cappagh fired in three goals.  Celbridge’s only reply was a point from the ever dangerous Orla Gowran.   

Half Time Score Cappagh (3-3) V Celbridge (0-4).

Although Celbridge started the second half well, a single point from Orla Gowran was their only reward for all their possession.  In contrast Cappagh, with Carla Wosser and the Mulligan sisters to the fore, scored 1-7 to stretch their lead to 17 points at one stage. To their credit Celbridge Ladies never give up and points from Laura Flynn and Gemma Kilduff in addition to two goals from Orla Gowran cut the deficit to nine points.  So commiserations to Celbridge and well done to Cappagh.    For Celbridge Orla Gowran with 2-4 had a great game in the forward line while Sinead Hennessey at half back also turned in another impressive performance.

Final Score Cappagh (4-10) V Celbridge (2-7)

 

Final Score Cappagh (4-10) V (2-7) Celbridge

Celbridge Scorers Orla Gowran (2-4, one penalty); Nichola Hughes (0-1f) Gemma Kilduff (0-1) Laura Flynn (0-1)

 

 

Ladies Senior Football : Rathangan v Celbridge (18th April 2017)

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Great win for Celbridge Senior Ladies

Written by Darren Gallagher

Back on the road again for our penultimate league match and one that may prove to be crucial and a ‘must win’ when deciding Semi-final places for Division 3. With three wins under our belt and the end of preliminary league games in sight, the girls knew how important the Rathangan game was and that a fast start and everyone bringing their ‘A’ game was key to a successful outcome. The game was played in perfect conditions with a strong Celbridge team taking the field for what was to turn out to be a fantastic & enthralling game of football, with both sides committed, energetic & tenacious in fighting for every ball.

However the script wasn’t written like this with Rathangan winning the ball from the throw-in and their midfielder making a darting run forward and finishing sublimely with a shot into the top corner of the net. Their No. 9 was to prove one of their key attacking strengths throughout the game, but one that Ailbhe, Leah and our half back line came to terms with as the game progressed. Celbridge fought back immediately with points from Nichola and two super goals from Orla, following great movement, passing and the usual clinical & composed finishing from Orla’s boot. Alex continued to make herself available and was finally rewarded with a great point to keep scoreboard ticking over.

We began winning more possession, providing support with off the shoulder running, creating space and showing for the ball, and apart from a blip with a long high ball in from Rathangan finding its way into top corner of the net, Celbridge dominated for large parts of the first 20 minutes. Rathangan began to find their rhythm and rattled off five points with only one additional point by Gemma in last 10 minutes to leave half time scoreline at :-

Rathangan 2-5 : Celbridge 2-5

Celbridge began the second half in the same commanding nature as they had in early parts of the first half, with Ailbhe having an exceptional night, but mostly with defensive duties due to the strength of Rathangan midfield (chasing back, challenging, tackling & winning most 50/50 battles) and Leah charging up the field to support forwards, scoring a great point into the bargain. Nicole demonstrated great fielding ability and support to midfielders throughout the game, but also scored an opportune goal followed by an excellent point to get us off to a great start in the second half. Although Rathangan fought back once again with a number of points followed by a disputed goal, Celbridge replied immediately with another excellent goal by Orla following a defence splitting pass, great run and another slick finish from Orla. Nichola also added to her points tally with another well taken score.

There were stand out performances by our defence, with Sinead as solid, reliable & tenacious as usual, Laura, Grace & Niamh defending admirably and getting forward at every opportunity, Kelley & Rowan marshalling goal area excellently, but a special mention must go to Aimee Bolger for her tackling, strength & commitment in marking one of the quickest, trickiest and determined forwards we have faced this campaign (what a battle !). To be fair, our defence started from our corner forwards (Maeve & Nichola) with much tighter marking, more aggressive challenging and teamwork throughout the field, which was a key feature in final 15 minutes when we were defending a healthy lead. It was very much backs to the wall finish, but girls defended valiantly restricting Rathangan to 3 points to close out the game.

The strength of the panel is key with Chanice, Robyn & Joy coming on in the second half to provide additional energy, drive, enthusiasm & support to continue the great work of the team. As I’ve commented on previous close games we’ve been involved in, this was another pulsating game, with end to end action throughout, & with more composure in front of goal at the latter stages, Celbridge could have had a more comfortable win. The passion, skill, commitment, team spirit and resilience demonstrated by the girls was fantastic and a big thanks to the management team & supporters for their help in ‘getting the girls over the line’. A truly exciting & entertaining game with great credit to both teams for a very competitive and sporting match and with only a kick of a ball in it, shows how evenly matched these teams were.

It’s not too often that a referee is included in match report, but in this case, a well done to the referee for allowing game flow, communicating decisions to players, consistency & general all round professionalism in officiating the game.

Let’s build on this momentum and finish out the campaign with a massive effort against Cappagh next week, keep up the great work at training & well done again to the Mulligan boys, Gavin, Hillary and the Senior Ladies squad …..

Final score Rathangan 3-11 : Celbridge 4-10

Scorers :-

Orla Gowran (3-2) ; Nicole McDonagh (1-2) ; Nichola Farrell (0-3) ; Alex Casey, Gemma Kilduff & Leah Earley (0-1)