The Kildare and District Football League’s Womens representative side made their exit from the FAI Women’s Senior Challenge Cup on Saturday in front of a large crowd at a sunny Mullarney Park when they were defeat 3-1 by a well organised Limerick League side Caherdavin Celtic.
FAI Women’s Senior Challenge Cup Round 2
Caherdavin Celtic: 3
Both teams started brightly and it was Caherdavin who threatened first when after eight minutes Hayley Power shot wide at the back post from six yards. The visitors always looked dangerous on the break with front runners Danielle Sheehy and Alma Conroy causing all kinds of problems for the Kildare defence.
However following a long clearance by Kildare defender Ciara Mackey the home side broke and as striker Mel Morey ran at the visitors defence she was fouled in the area and Referee Eddie Sullivan pointed to the spot. Midfielder Sinead McBride stepped up to cooly slot the resultant penalty past Chloe Pearse in the Caherdavin goal to put the Kildare side 1-0 up after 20 minutes.
The visitors could have equalised from the tip off when Sarah considine took a snap shot from 18 yards, however it was expertly tipped over by Kildare keeper Donna Hickey. They did draw level on 23 minutes when the threatening Hayley Power poked the ball home in a crowded area following a corner from woman of the match Danielle Sheehy.
The Limerick side took the lead five minutes later when a Clodagh Dunsworth free from 30 yards deceived Hickey and ended up in the back of the net.
Kildare were not put out by this setback and continued to put pressure on the leaders and on the half hour a Sinead McBride free kick was floated into the area and was met by the head of Kim Turner however her effort was well saved by visiting keeper Chloe Pearse. At the other end Nicola Cronin was unlucky to see her effort just over from 20 yards.
The visitors missed two glorious chances to extend their lead just before the break when Clodagh Dunsworth shot over from close range and Laura Hughes brought another fantastic save from Donna Hickey in the Kildare goal.
The Peter Stafford managed Kildare side came out more determined in the second half and after five minutes were unlucky not to bring the tie to 2-2 when they won free from 25 yards however Sinead McBride saw her effort agonisingly tipped over by the inform Pearse in the visitors goal. Soon after Stafford brought on Vicky Kelly in midfield for the tiring Micheala Hubbock who had run her heart out but soon after Kildare were shell shocked as on a rare break Caherdavin’s Laura Hughes went on a mazy run down the right wing unchallenged and cut in to slot the ball past Hickey from an acute angle to leave them 3-1 ahead.
Rhona Mulhall was introduced in midfield for Michelle Gogarty and straight away made an impression with her precision passing giving more options for the home side who now were throwing everything at Caherdavin. She was joined in midfield by Nicola Farrell for Amy Reid. Midway through the half another Turner free was well saved by Pearse and Mel Morey saw her effort from close range shave the upright. Kildare were well on top at this stage and holding the Limerick side to rare long range efforts. Kildare’s Rhona Mulhall saw her stinging free from 30 yards was just over with ten minutes remaining and further efforts from Sinead McBride and Mel Morey were well defended by Jessica O’Donnell and Sarah Crotty and Caherdavin held out for a famous victory which sees them into the quarter finals.
Best for the winners were Hayley Power in defence, Clodagh Dunworth in midfield and Player of the match Danielle Sheehy.
Kildare were well served by their player of the match Ciara Mackey in defence, Sinead McBride in midfield and Kim Turner and Mel Morey up front, in what was an all round team performance.
The girls will now be concentrating on continued involvement with the Representative team during the year as the League have made arrangement for several Representative games over the coming months.
The league would like to thanks Castle Villa and their executive for the use of their fabulous facility in Castledermot and their invaluable help on the day.
Donna Hickey, Jackie Kelly, Rebecca Coogan, Joanne Kelly, Ciara Mackey, Sinead McBride, Amy Reid, Micheala Hubbock, Michelle Gogarty, Kim Turner, Mel Morey, Nicola Farrell, Amy Dunne, Vicky Kelly, Emma Hannon, Samantha Ronan, Emily Patterson, Claire Fox, Rhona Mulhall, Sinead O Keeffe, Donna Craig, Aoife Whelan, Aine Donnelly.
Chloe Pearse, Jessica O’Donnell, Hayley Power, Sarah Crotty, Alice Heath, Clodagh Dunsworth, Sarah Considine, Nicola Cronin, Laura Hughes, Danielle Sheehy, Alma Conroy, Sarah Stack.