Titanic Battle for St. James’ Ladies in Senior League Shield final

July 18th, 2017 | by stjamesgaa
Titanic Battle for St. James’ Ladies in Senior League Shield final
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St. James’ 4-15……
Clonbur 1-27……

Last Sunday St. James’ ladies took on Clonbur in the Senior B League Shield final. The game was played in Clonbur and this game was a spectacle from start to finish. The sides could not be separated after full-time and extra time was played in order to see who would prevail. Unfortunately for James’ they came up short and only to lose out by 3 single points. The final score after extra time resulted 4-15 to 1-27. This was a very high scoring game and the football on display was exceptional to say the least. It was the Jimmies who opened the game on top and Elizabeth Gavaghan scored a well-executed goal in the opening five minutes. In addition, Clonbur responded and scored a number of points and this put them in the lead. County star Mairead Joyce, Michaela Kearney, Cliona Joyce, Karen Keane and Sinead Egan were among Clonbur’s scorers. At one stage in the opening half Clonbur extended their lead to eight points. However, the Jimmies did not throw in the towel and managed to claw their way back into the game. Their superior team work was refreshing to witness and every player contributed in the comeback. James’ narrowed the deficit to 2 points before half-time. The second half was a battle and both teams exchanged score after score. Among the scores for the Jimmies was County player Aisling Donnelly, Bernie O’ Connor, Roisin Gibbons, Elizabeth Gavaghan and Martina Conroy. In Contrast, Clonbur relied heavily on Mairead Seoige and county minor player Michaela Kearney for their scores. The James’ defence was tested throughout the game and they only conceded one goal over the duration of 60 minutes and 20 minutes in extra time. Their Goalkeeper Kerianne Magee had an outstanding game between the posts and pulled off a number of saves which kept her side in the game. Sorcha Connolly was very good in defence and accompanied by her was Michelle Hourgian, Roisin Fahy, Ciara McGuinness, Seodhna Brennan, Meabh Kelly, Eliza Geelan and Michelle Lohan. The James’ midfield partnership alternated during the game and Sarah Farragher had to make way due to injury. Farragher and Geelan absence was a major blow for the Jimmies. Nevertheless, their replacements did exceptionally well. Meabh Kelly and Ciara Haren both made an impact for their side when introduced. Eileen Brennan moved to midfield with Aishling Donnelly and both players gave it their all.

In the Last quarter of the game Clonbur added some excellent points. In addition, they too had defended really well and among these players were Eimear Wallace, Aishling Egan, Aoife Kerrigan, Trish Moran, Niamh Varley and goalie Rebecca Mcalleenan. Midfielders, Mairead Seoige and Sinead Egan played very well in the middle of the park and it was a great contest to watch. Donnelly and Brennan for James intercepted a lot of possession and forced Clonbur to make enough errors which resulted in scores for the city outfit. This score rate in this game was very high and both sets of forwards put on an exhibition of football. It must be noted that James’ moved the ball very quickly up front and were targeting for goals on several occasions. Bernie O’Connor led the attack for the Jimmies and with her was captain Roisin Gibbons, Eileen Brennan, Martina Conroy, Elizabeth Gavaghan, Ciara Haren,and Sarah Burke. Clonbur also had good forward in Michaela Kearney, Karen Keane, Cliona Joyce, Cliona Kerrigan, Katie Walsh and Leah Doyle. The sides could not be separated after fulltime and additional time was played. Furthermore, it was Clonbur who managed to grasp the win 0-5 to 0-2. County official John Devlin brought the game to an end after playing 80 minutes of football. One can be of the opinion that this match was well worth the entry fee. The game was played in a good sporting manner and both sides were well disciplined. The next outing for the Jimmies will be in August when they take on Barna in the Intermediate Championship. Clonbur will contest in the senior championship and will face tough opposition also.

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