Sallins girls best in battle of Celtics

Sallins Celtic gained a valuable three points in their quest for Womens League glory and kept the pressure on League leaders Monasterevin AFC, when they had a goal to spare against newcomers Liffey Celtic at Newhall on Monday evening.

Sallins Celtic gained a valuable three points in their quest for Womens League glory and kept the pressure on League leaders Monasterevin AFC, when they had a goal to spare against newcomers Liffey Celtic at Newhall on Monday evening.

KDFL Women’s Division

Liffey Celtic: 1

Sallins Celtic: 2

The understrenth visitors took the lead after just five minutes when Janice Boland opened the scoring in spectactular fashion by deftly chipping Amy Connolly in the home goal from 25 yards.

This early goal gave the visitors the impetus to push forward in search of another and it duly arrived ten minutes later when midfielder Hayley Egan converted cooly following good work down the right by Amy O’Connor giving Connolly in the Liffey goal no chance to put Sallins 2-0 up against a shell shocked Liffey side.

This early two goal lead sprung Liffey into action and they put the minimum between the sides after twenty minutes when midfielder Michelle Gogarty ghosted through the Sallins defenders Alison Loakman and Jenny Herbert to calmly slot past the stranded Theresa Connolly in the visitors goal to leave the score at 2-1 going into the break.

Liffey started to get on top early in the second half with Amy Phelan and Amy Reid pulling the strings in midfield and creating numerous chances for Amy Dunne and Aoife Connolly up front. Amy Dunne brought the best out of Theresa Mooney in the Sallins goal after sixty minutes with a fingertip save to clear and against kept her side on top. Mooney again came to the rescue five minutes later when see saw off a late effort from Jess Turner.

It was all one way traffic at this stage with Liffey creating chance after chance, however a combination of poor finishing and heroic defending by the Sallins backline of Alison Loakman, Jenny Herbert, Mary Hulgraine and Laura Headon, saw off the challenge of Liffey in their attempt to gain a point and they held out for a fantastic away vistory. Liffey Manager James Jarvis saw alot of positives from the Liffey performance, a very young side and with more signing on the way he feels they will be in a challenging position. Best for the Emmet Travers managed Sallins side were defenders Jenny Herbert and Mary Hulgraine while striker Aoife Connolly, Amy Reid in midfield and Carol Moran in defence tried hardest for the unlucky Newbridge side.

Liffey Celtic FC

Amy Connolly, Nicola Farrell, Rebecca Coogan, Samantha Ronan, Carol Moran, Emma Furlong, Amy Phelan, Amy Reid, Michelle Gogarty, Amy Dunne, Aoife Connolly, Jess Turner, Emma Poole, Danielle Byrne and Georgina Sweeney.

Sallins Celtic

Theresa Mooney, Alison Loakman, Jenny Herbert, Mary Hulgraine, Janice Boland, Carmel Mulligan, Laura Headon, Amy O Connor, Niamh Fitzsimons and Hayley Egan.

Referee

Martin Byrne.