Senior Ladies Div 1 – St. Finbarrs 0-10, Killygarry 6-11
The Senior Ladies started off their Division 1 campaign last Saturday against St Finbarrs, their rivals from two years ago who prevented this team from doing the double of Championship and League. Killygarry hit the ground running and went into an early lead 1-02 to 0-01 after 8 mins (Catriona Smith goal and Rachel Talbot point). St Finbarrs registered their second score after 9mins with a fine point from a free. Sinead McKenna responded with a well-worked goal immediately afterwards. Catriona Smith followed up with a point from a ‘45. St Finbarrs responded with a point from play and Catriona Smith added another point for Killygarry. Then came a spell where Killygarry had to dig deep to defend a determined St Finbarr attack. Good goal-keeping and hard defending helped Killygarry to fend off the attacks and put St Finbarrs to the sword with a fine goal from Niamh O’Shea. St Finbarrs scored another point and Megan Denning added another goal for Killygarry to leave it 4-05 to 0-04 at half time.
St. Finbarrs had a very strong midfield who tried their best to break down the defensive line but the girls held strong with guidance from Elaine Walsh in goals. It was a clean sheet for Elaine on the day in goals despite numerous efforts from St. Finbarrs. Killygarry carried their dominance into the second half, allowing the bench to be emptied for some vital game experience for some younger players. Scorers in the second half included two goals by Rachel Talbot and points from Niamh O’Shea and Sinead McKenna. In the end Killygarry were too strong for St Finbarrs, with impressive support play from our unstoppable forward line.
Starting Team: Elaine Walsh, Ciara Keane (Capt.), Ellie Galligan, Edel McClean, Eimear Gallen, Aisling Bates, Nicola Fortune, Sinéad McKenna, Caitriona Smith, Rachel Talbot, Róisín Leddy, Geraldine Smith, Niamh O’Shea. Subs used: Gemma Cullen, Megan Denning, Paige Conroy, Tara Gannon, Megan Smith (in goals), Orla O’Brien, Emma Walls, Sinead Cahill, Ciara Grogan, and Eimear Kennedy.