Monday, 21 April 2014

Owens secures Cup for Oran

Oran 2-9, Na Brideoga 3-4

Oran defeated Na Brideoga by a two-point margin in the Spring League Cup final. Oran fielded a young team in this decider, leaving many of their recognised names on the bench. Both sides showed good potential with many young stars getting an opportunity to showcase their talent.  With Na Brideoga leading in the second half Oran introduced some of their more experienced players to steady the ship and they regained the lead. 

With just a point between the sides and the end approaching, Na Brideoga were unlucky not to add to their score as they pressurised the Oran defence. Ciara Owens secured the title for Oran with a late point.

Oran: M Carty, S Carroll, N McCormack, G Rodgers, L Beirne, M Lohan, L Keegan, C Casey, C Ryan, S Keenan, C Rodgers, M Fannon, E Shally, C Owens, A Farrell. Subs used: M Healy, C Morris, C Curley, E Farrell, L Hanley.

Na Brideoga: L O’Connell, M Charlton, A Murray, E Harrison, A McHugh, N Cunnane, S Lynskey, S Lenehan, A Cassidy, C Sloyan, Y Byrne, M Cunniffe, M Coyne, S Muldoon, C Farragher. Referee: K McGeeney.

Athleague win
Spring Shield

Athleague 2-9, Four-Roads 0-11

Athleague are the Spring League shield winners after their victory over old rivals Four Roads on Saturday evening last.

Kelly Hopkins had Athleague on the scoreboard with a pointed free after a minute but Cáit Kenny quickly replied for Four Roads. Athleague had the better of the early exchanges and looked the hungrier outfit as they never let Four Roads get into their stride. Four Roads goalie, Aisling Rogerson was forced to make a good save in the fifth minute and was injured in the process. Two minutes later further pressure from Athleague was rewarded with a goal from Fiona Connell as Four Roads failed to clear their line. Four Roads then had a period of dominance but wasted two good goal scoring opportunities after some nice play down the left wing.

Nicola Crean and Cáit Kenny (2) did add three points to put the sides level. Athleague responded with three from Kelly Hopkins to give them the lead again. As half time approached and with a heavy shower making conditions difficult. Fiona Connell pounced for another goal and Kelly Hopkins added a pointed free to put Athleague in a commanding position going in at the break.

As expected Four Roads started the second half in determined fashion and went about trying to reduce the deficit, which they did by scoring five unanswered points, four from the stick of Cáit Kenny and one from Niamh Coyle. However Athleague were not to be denied and with Kelly Hopkins’ accuracy from all angles and a point from Aisling McConn, they pulled away again after some defensive mistakes by Four Roads. Gertie Dowd had the last score of the game for Four Roads but it was Athleague’s day as they ran out four point winners.

Athleague had good performers throughout the field. Niamh Connolly, Ciara Moran and Fiona Connell made significant contributions while Kelly Hopkins’ tally of eight points was crucial to the win. For Four Roads, Marie Glennon, Orla Hughes, Cáit Kenny and the excellent Gertie Dowd were best on the day.

Athleague: P Daly, C Murray, N Connolly, A Delaney, N O’Rourke, C Moran, S Keaveney (Capt.), C Kelly, A McGeeney, E Daly, K Hopkins (0-8), S Fallon, R Fallon, F Connell (2-0), A McConn (0-1).

Four Roads: A Rogerson, K Kelly, M Glennon Kelly, B Hughes, O Hughes, D Kelly (Capt), P Lennon, O Gately, N Coyle (0-1), C Kenny (0-8), S O’Brien, G Dowd (0-1), E Glennon Tully, N Crean (0-1), Tina Kelly. Subs used: S Finneran for A Rogerson, C Rogerson for T Kelly. Referee: K Kelly