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)

Match Report - Ladies Senior Football : Celbridge v Kill (21st March 2017)

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Written by Darren Gallagher

Following two away trips to South Kildare to kick off life in Division 3, Celbridge Senior Ladies Football team welcomed Kill for their first home game of the season in what was to become a very competitive and enthralling game.  There were a small number of personnel changes to the starting line-up from the Ballykelly game with Laura O’Flynn coming in at right half back and Gemma Kilduff at right full forward and a couple of positional switches in the forwards.  Again, just like at the training sessions, full squad available on the night with a very strong bench ready to fight for the cause, provide challenge & keeping pressure on those in the starting team.  Although a cold night, it stayed dry and generally decent conditions for the game.

Although this was Kill’s first outing of the League, they began the game with some fantastic passing, movement and finishing with a couple of early goals to open up a big lead before Celbridge got into the rhythm & intensity of the game.  They produced defence splitting passes and slick and composed finishing, so no signs of rustiness in kicking off their campaign.  However, Celbridge began to find their feet, winning battles, great support with off the shoulder running which culminated in some great points for Chanice, Maeve, Orla & Gemma, but most importantly, a great goal from Alex Casey that left Celbridge trailing by just a goal coming close to half time.  The Celbridge defence & midfield dominated in the middle part of the first half, but Kill pushed on again and finished strongly kicking another two points to leave half time scoreline at :-

Celbridge 1-4 : Kill 3-3

No doubt the half-time team talk brought some choice words, highlighting areas for improvement, but ultimately encouragement that resulted in an invigorated Celbridge side taking the field with the drive, effort & enthusiasm that was missing from parts of the first half.  Our captain Leah Earley lead by example, tracking back, getting up to support forwards and an inspiration to the whole team.  Her partner in midfield, Chanice Corcoran displayed great fielding ability, making powerful runs forward, with one culminating in an excellent goal for Chanice.  Niamh Flynn provided additional cover in midfield and provided some excellent distribution of the ball to the other forwards.

While our forwards continued to add to the scores, Sinead was tenacious as ever in the tackle and won numerous 50/50 battles, ably assisted by Laura & Grace at half backs who provided great cover & support to the full back line and drove forward at every opportunity.  The strength and solidity of Abby, Joy, Robyn & Niamh (& Aimee later) restricted number of scoring chances, resulting in a total of only 1-2 for Kill in the second half.  This was as a result of tighter marking, more aggressive challenging, coupled with the effort and teamwork throughout the field.

There were a number of substitutes introduced in the second half with Nicole returning to full forward line and scoring a crucial goal (inspired substitution by Johnny!) and Aimee Bolger replacing Niamh Plunkett following her injury.  Orla demonstrated her versatility occupying the full forward position, involved in most of the link up play, & scoring a match winning 1-2 in the second half with Ailbhe & Nicole providing alternative outlets and challenging for every ball.  This was truly a 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 delighted the management team & supporters alike.  Great credit has to be given to the Kill team who played in a very competitive and sporting manner and with only a kick off a ball in the result, it could have gone either way at the end.

Let’s build on the momentum created from last two games, keep up great work at training/challenge games & well done again to the Mulligan boys, Gavin, Hillary and the Senior Ladies squad …..

Final score Celbridge 4-6 : Kill 4-5

Ladies Senior Football : Ballykelly v Celbridge (7th March 2017)

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Written by Darren Gallagher

Another trip to South Kildare in consecutive weeks for the Senior Ladies, and although not quite the Baltic conditions that faced the team in Castlemitchell in round one, the wet conditions proved challenging, but with the desire, effort & teamwork of the Celbridge girls, it proved critical to the outcome of this game.  Johnny made a number of positional and personnel changes from that used against Castlemitchell, which is a testament to the depth & talent in the squad and was great to see the competition for places in the team and the commitment demonstrated that we had a dozen or so substitutes available to provide challenge to first team starters (not to mention performing admirably when called upon during the game).

From the whistle, our defence were solid with full back line of Joy, Robyn & Niamh marshalling their opponents, Abby formidable in goal and ultimately managing to hold Ballykelly scoreless in the first half.  They had great support from the half backs with Kellie, Sinead & newly positioned Grace getting forward when opportunities arose (managing to get on scoresheet too!), and Alex, Chanice & Maeve providing great cover to midfield and blocking off the threat posed by many of the opposition attacks.  Orla’s move into full forward position provided a suitable outlet & key target for defence splitting passes, coupled with off the ball running from Nicole & Ailbhe.  

There were some fantastic scores in the first half with Orla getting two great points from long range, a fine point from Niamh Flynn, but the key to building a big lead coming into second half came in the form of goal from Chanice and 1-1 from Nicole (excellent team goal with great build up play & finish).  Great teamwork with girls fighting for each other, tracking back and pleasure to see newcomers to Senior squad integrating seamlessly (with notable excellent defensive display from Joy, displaying great energy & determination) resulting in a half time score of :-

Ballykelly 0-0 : Celbridge 2-5

  Although Ballykelly fought back in the second half, the resilience, teamwork & support didn’t wane with whole team fighting for every ball, chasing back when needed and always looking to burst forward (special mention of Niamh Plunkett for lung bursting runs to support half backs & midfield resulting in numerous scoring opportunities). Leah Earley & Niamh Flynn led from the front and with the continued encouragement to teammates kept the scoreboard ticking over and maintaining a significant lead at all times.  Abby pulled off a point blank save and although continued pressure came from Ballykelly attacks, the defence challenged and thwarted many of these opportunities.  There were a number of substitutes introduced in the second half with Gemma returning to full forward line and scoring a crucial point as Ballykelly had knocked over quite a few to reduce lead.  Orla scored another great point with Maeve & Leah finishing out the scoring for Celbridge in second half.

Overall, this was a fine team performance and credit must go to whole squad as great teams are built on strong squads, which was clearly demonstrated in second half when fresh legs were required to see out the game.  Let’s keep up the hard work on the training pitch and continue building momentum that will help deliver another successful league campaign.

Great to get points on the board, increase fitness levels and get further games under the belt & well done to the Mulligan boys, Hillary and the Senior Ladies squad …..

Final score Ballykelly 1-6 : Celbridge 2-9

Celbridge Senior Ladies in Championship Final

Written by Damian Thomas. Posted in LF-Seniors

 

All the best to Ben and the Senior Ladies Team in their Junior B Championship Final against Kilcullen on Saturday the 3rd of September in Hawkfield.

Throw in at 2.30pm