Leitrim Ladies 9 a Side Junior League Final
Sean O Heslins 1.06 Fenagh 0.04
Sean O?Heslins regained the 9 a side Junior title they previously won in 2004 as they defeated an understrength Fenagh team in Aughavas on Saturday week last. They were first to score with a Carmel McCartin point from play after good work from Kirby Gilgunn. Gilgunn had a chance two minutes later to increase the lead but her effort went wide. Caroline McGroyy increased the lead after five minutes as O Heslins looked to build up a halftine lead playing with a strong wind. After seven minutes McCartin hit a good goal to leave Fenagh with a lot of work to do. They continued to pressurise Fenagh and Marie McGovern was called on to make two good saves. Captain Deborah Gilheaney scored a fine point to increase the lead but two wides and two goal efforts spurned gave some confidence to Fenagh. Cathy Reynolds opened Fenagh?s account with a good point from play with five minutes remaining in the half following a rare attack from the Fenagh girls. It was all Sean O Heslins in the final minutes of the half but they hit two more wides, however Fenagh had one good goal chance but Carol O?Connor saved well from Geraldine Wynne as Sean O Heslins led by 1.03 to 0.01 at half time.
With the aid of the wind in the second half Fenagh began with confidence and Clare Armstrong scored a point from play. O?Connor then made a good save in the O?Heslins goals to prevent a Fenagh goal from Armstrong. Deborah Gilheaney had a chance to reassert O?Heslins lead but hit wide. She made amends three minutes later with a fine pointed free. McGovern was called on again to make a save from McCartin while Fenagh responded with another attack and a point from Avril Goldrick. Fenagh again attacked but a great interceptoion from Maeve Murphy prevented another Fenagh goal effort. Fenagh continued to press forward and were rewarded with a fine point by Geraldine Wynne that hit the top of the crossbar. Sensing that Fenagh were beginning to get on top, O?Heslins responded to the pressure and dominated the final five minutes. Gilheaney pointed a free after she was fouled. Three wides followed for the O?Heslins girls before Gilheaney hit her fifth point in the last minute to ensure the title was going to Ballinamore.
Fenagh: Marie McGovern, Imelda Kilkenny, Adeline McWeeney, Edel Murray, Cathy Reynolds, Clare Armstrong, Davina Leydon, Mella Mullen, Geraldine Wynne. Subs: Janette Laydon, Edel Egan, Michelle Gaffney, Michelle McLoughlin. Maeve McTague.
Sean O Heslins: Carol O?Connor, Maeve Murphy, Kirby Gilgunn, Rowena O?Rourke, Orla McWeeney, Carmel McCartin, Kate McTague, Deborah Gilheaney, Caroline McGrory, Subs: Aine Martin, Catherine Smith, Katie Duignan, Aishling Duignan, Emma Reynolds, Lauren McGrory, Clare Fanning, Laura Brennan, Ciraa O?Dowd, Sinead Flynn, Aisling Flaherty.
Ref: G Gallogly.
04-Aug-06 by Patricia Bohan – Ladies PRO