Celbridge U16 Ladies defeat Sallins

Written by Damian Thomas. Posted in LF-U16


Congratulations to Celbridge U16 Ladies football team who put on their best display of the season to end Sallins’ unbeaten league campaign. Sallins, playing with a breeze at their back got off to a strong start scoring two fine points while Aideen Stack got Celbridge’s first score off the game.  Gradually Celbridge got on top in the half back line and in midfield and this domination of possession created opportunities for Celbridge’s dangerous forward line.  The first goal came when Niamh Mortell ran at the Sallins defence and following an exchange of passes with Kate Gaffney, set up Ciara Gallagher who fired it into the net.  Niamh Mortell’s strong running was a feature the game as was her finishing as she ended the half with three goals to her name. Having at one stage trailed by ten points Sallins rallied and scored 1-2 without reply to cut the deficit to five (4-2 to 1-6) at half-time.

Celbridge came out flying in the second half scoring (4-1) in blistering spell of football.  The fluency of their movement, the accuracy of their passing and their calmness in front of goal was a pleasure to watch.  The pick of the four goals came from Aideen Stack, who having fielded a long ball, curled the ball into top right hand corner off the net.  This put Celbridge in a commanding position and they continued to play good football right to the final whistle ending up with final score of (10-5).

Sallins kept going right to the end and their efforts were rewarded with a late goal and point.  The final play of the game saw Eva O’Hara make a fine save from the penalty spot. Sallins despite being second best on the day played some lovely football.  There were stand-out performances from their fullback and captain in midfield and it is easy to see why they have had such a good season to date.

In the end this was Celbridge’s day. Niamh Mortell with five goals put on a match winning performance but there were also strong contributions from Emma Lynch, Caitlin Thomas and Grace Mimnagh in defence, the midfield duo of Megan Quinn and Maria Keating, and Aideen Stack and Ciara Gallagher in the forward line. The most impressive aspect of this win was the commitment, skill and contribution of the whole Celbridge squad and it was great to see a number of the players back from injury.

The game was played in a very sporting manner and we would like to thank the referee also for his handling of the game.

Well done to Tommy, Paul, Darren and Nicola for all the work they have put in over the season and good luck to the ladies for the rest of the league campaign.

Final Result:

Celbridge (10-5) V (4-7) Sallins

Celbridge Scorers:

Niamh Mortell (5-0); Ciara Gallagher (2-3); Aideen Stack (1-1); Erin Ruddy (1-0); Laura Stirblythe (1-0); Maria Keating (0-1)

Next Match: 2nd May 2017 vs Two Mile House (away)




U15 Ladies Football - Great Performance and Fantastic Match.

Written by PRO. Posted in LF-U16

U15 Ladies Football - Great Performance and Fantastic Match.

Commiserations to the Celbridge Ladies U15 Football team who lost out narrowly to league leaders Kill, in a thrilling league encounter on Tuesday 18th October. From the throw in both teams were fully committed and the pace of the game never dropped throughout the sixty minutes. The tackling was tough was but fair and the range of skills displayed by both sets of players was top class. In the end Kill just shaded it winning by three points so congratulations to them and their management team. Both teams were a credit not only to their respective clubs but Kildare Ladies Gaelic Football in general. Special mention to the referee who kept the game flowing throughout which contributed to an exciting encounter which was thoroughly enjoyed by all the supporters on what was a cold autumn’s evening. So hard luck to Celbridge Ladies and their mentors Tommy, Paul, Darren and Jason, but you did us proud! 

Final Score Celbridge (4-6) V Kill (3-12) — at Celbridge GAA.

Celbridge Ladies U16 Football Team through to Division 5 League Final

Written by Damian Thomas. Posted in LF-U16

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)