Castlemitchell last weekend finally managed to safely navigate their way to Division 1 after many years to trying, emphatically overcoming a fighting Carbury side in the Ladies Division 2 decider, writes Tara Byrne.
The game was not without controversy with two yellow cards appearing for Castlemitchell’s Laura Pender and Carbury’s Martina O’Rourke in the 6th minute of first half injury time, following a scuffle.
Other than this red-mist moment good football ruled the day. The scores opened from the boot of Nicola Lawless pointing for Castlemitchell 3 minutes after the throw-in.
This early point was quickly erased by two quick-fire points in the 7th and 8th minute from Carbury’s Karen Cummins in what proved to be their richest of spell. These points were closely followed by what could have been the games first goal, again at the hands of Cummins, prevented only by losing control at the vital seconds when one-on-one with the keeper.
Another score was not to be seen for 7 minutes. During this barren spell ensued Carbury had their best possession yet failed to finish the chances they created. Cummins was beginning to boss the forward line winning all the ball coming her way, yet to no benefit.
Carbury were to tag on one more point before the Castlemitchell contingent reawakened. It was the 19th minute before Castlemitchell knocked over their second, following a free from Aoife May which was pointed by the clinical Mary Lawless. Seconds later there were to level through a pointed Lawless free.
Castlemitchell were on the attack again with Lawless gathering possession from Pender’s pass, she forced her way to goal before managing to release a rasping shot, forcing it between the keeper and the near post to register the games first goal, and put Castlemitchell into the driving seat.
With 3 points between the sides and half-time approaching Carbury gave up the last of their fight. They watched 3 shots tail off wide and with that their challenge.
The rest of the half played out with two yellow cards and a closing Carbury point for Cummins, leaving the deficit at 2.
A false start to the second half, due to missing Carbury keeper Hannah Gilligan set the tone for Carbury’s second half challenge. Within 2 minute of the restart Aisling Hyland had pointed twice to stretch Castlemitchell’s lead, before floating a lofty pass over the head of Gilligan, which was just out of her reach, as it fell into the Carbury net. This brought some fight back to Carbury as they pushed forward and looked to have created a carbon copy of the Castlemitchell goal, only to be ruled out for square ball.
Five more point from Lawless, 3 from frees, helped Castlemitchell flex their muscles over the flailing Carbury attack.
Hannah Gilligan; Caroline O’Reilly, Elaine Daniels, Lisa Cummins; Denise O’Flaherty, Serena Dowdall, Karen Kelly; Catherine O’Malley 0-1, Martina O’Rourke; Karen Cummins 0-3 (1f), Sabrina Owens, Claire Sullivan; Joanne McLoughlin, Fiona Moore, Emily Kelly 0-1. Subs: Anne-Marie Gill for Lisa Cummins, 30; Catherine Coyne for Joanne McLoughlin, 48.
Laura Fennelly; Deirdre Harris, Elaine Fennelly, Emma Foley; Laura Pender, Jamie Curtis, Laoise Langton; Aoife May, Steffi Fennelly; Ruth Kaiser, Nicola Lawless 0-2, Carol Redmond; Mary Lawless 1-6 (4f), Lindsey Donovan, Aisling Hyland 1-2. Subs: Claire Maher for Donovan, 40; Jaqui Moriarty for Hyland, 60; Niamh Delahunt for Harris, 60.