Scoil Ruadhain edge Clara to claim Roinn B Crown
by PRO on the 16th of June 2015
Cumann na mBunscol Roinn B Final
Scoil Ruadhain, Tullaroan 4-02 Clara N.S. 2-01
Goals were the key for victory in this contest and it was Scoil Ruadhain, Tullaroan who got four and proved too strong for a brave Clara N.S who pushed the opponents all the way in a pulsating contest in Nowlan Park on Saturday last to claim the Roinn B title.
It was a nervy opening to the contest with neither side able to capitalise on the early possession they had. It was the victors who got the opening score of the game with a goal from Sinead Murphy. She gained possession from a high dropping ball and batted the ball to the net. Clara responded well to this concession and were getting momentum in the contest and their efforts were rewarded when Rachel Whelan goaled in the tenth minute when she latched onto a breaking ball to tap home from close range to equalise the tie at a goal apiece. They were a baron patch in the contest with both sides enjoying good periods of possession but both were unable to capitalise on it. Sinead Murphy broke the deadlock with a well taken goal for Scoil Ruadhain in the twenty third minute. She gained possession from an Amy Cleere pass that was causing havoc for the Clara defence to tap home from close range to make it 2-00 to 1-00. Katie Ryan cut the gap to two points with an excellent point from twenty meters in the twenty fourth minute to make it 2-00 to 1-01 at the break.
Clara starting the game well with the early possession in the new half but it was Scoil Ruadhain who opened the scoring with two goals in as many minutes. Rachel Brennan found the net in the thirtieth minute when she latched onto an Amy Cleere pass to tap home from close range. Amy Cleere who was in outstanding form for the victors got in for Scoil Ruadhain fourth goal a minute later when she latched onto a Clara puck out forty meters from goal, she cut through the Tullaroan defence to blast home from close range to make it 4-00 to 1-01. Amy Cleere then tapped over a point in the thirty six minute to extend Scoil Ruadhain lead. They were a baron patch in the game with neither side able to convert possession into scores. Clara were enjoying a good period of possession in the contest and their efforts were rewarded when Rachel Whelan goaled in the forty sixth minute and Clara were right back in the contest with four minutes to play. The next score was going to be crucial and it was Scoil Ruadhain who got it in the second minute of injury time when Sinead Murphy tapped over a forty five. Try as they might Clara couldn’t get the crucial scores to cut the deficit in the final few moments and it was Scoil Ruadhain who held on with some tremendous defending and ran out deserving winners 4-02 to 2-01 and claimed the Roinn B title.
Scorers – Scoil Ruadhain, Tullaroan – Sinead Murphy 2-00, Amy Cleere 1-01, Rachel Brennan 1-00, Sinead Murphy 0-01. Clara N.S. – Rachel Whelan 2-00, Katie Ryan 0-01.
Scoil Ruadhain, Tullaroan – Lily Braben, Aislinn Treacy, Rionach Maher, Ella Dillon, Leanne Simpson, Ciara O’Shea, Laura McCabe, Grace Keoghan, Emma Walsh, Amy Cleere (Capt), Rachel Brennan, Sinead Murphy.
Sub: Jade Hennessy, Chloe Glennon, Leona Lanigan, Grace Braben, Jessica Cummins, Katie Keogh, Sorcha Maher, Elly Holland, Victoria O’Flynn, Ava Quirke.
Clara N.S. – Grace Barcoe, Orla Farrell, Lucy Cody, Kelly Brennan, Grainne Glynn, Laoise Phelan, Rachel Heeran (capt), Katie Ryan, Siobhan Treacy, Keara Ryan, Rachel Whelan.
Sub: Ella Carroll, Sinead Twomey, Anna Walpole, Niamh Brickell, Laoise Nolan, Emma Malone, Claire Murphy, Emma Burke, Alva Power, Erin O’Connell.
Referee: Eugene Ryan
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