Shaws Department Stores Intermediate League Semi final – St Lachtain’s v Rower Inistioge
by PRO on the 27th of September 2023
St Lachtains V Rower Inistioge
Shaws Department Stores Intermediate League Semi final
Sunday 17th 2pm St John’s Park
By Mark Flynn, Assistant PRO
A dull sky hung over Johns Park for this intermediate semi final when Owen Behan blew to start the match, it wasn’t too long before the point’s started coming with a point from play for Rowers Cria Langton quickly followed the other end when St Lachtains went on the attack and were awarded a free Lydia Fitzpatrick stepped up for the point.
St Lachtains pushed up the field again putting another point over from play thanks to Lydia Fitzpatrick, Rower Inistioge went on the run after a long puck from Emma Kavanagh in goal, it sent Kelly Hamilton hurtling towards Sinead Farrell who blocked the attempt on goal. After a clearance from the goal towards halfway wasn’t dealt by St Lachtains, Kelly Hamilton made sure of another Rower Inistioge point.
The two number 9’s for both teams, Aisling Kelly and Chloe Dooley were in a bit of tussle with both ending up on the ground in the middle of the pitch, once the dust settled Rower Inistioge were awarded a free and Aine Galavan sent out a wide ball for Caoimhe Keher Murtagh (CKM) to chase and to worry the Freshford back line.
With the sliotar being sent all over the pitch it dropped to Lydia Fitzpatrick who was in a 1 against 3 situation even that couldn’t stop her putting over a point from play. Ciara Foskin was sent on a run and put over a point for the green and red of Rower Inistioge thanks to a long ball from Caoimhe Keher Murtagh.
St Lachtains worked the ball down the pitch to be given another free. Point Lydia Fitzpatrick.
Caoimhe Keher Murtagh was just settling into the game when she went on a run through the St Lachtains players to give the assist to Kelly Hamilton who took her own point again on the move.
Shortly after there was a lot of action at the Rower Inistioge end eventually the ref gave a throw ball, Rower dealt with it and the green and red were on the move again, they were met by St Lachtains Aoife Ryan at midfield who sent the ball back in for Julianne Bergin to put a point over.
Two more points put on the scoreboard for St Lachtains Michelle Killeen from play and Lydia Fitzpatrick from a free, half time was very close and Sarah Ryan pushed towards goal for the Rower, a 1 on 1 with Sinead Farrell the St Lachtains keeper who was up for the test, Sinead blocked at close range and cleared. The ball wasn’t long in going back in toward Sinead Farrell in goal with another attempt blocked.
30 minutes gone and there was a 30 second break for players to get water and inhalers, that’s the intensity these teams brought to the semifinal
Two more attempts on goal one at each end, Lydia Fitzpatrick dropped in a long ball which Emma Kavanagh dealt with in the goal, Sinead Farrell in St Lachtains goal as equal in here capabilities as she stood tall once again to deny the strong running Caoimhe Keher Murtagh’s shot at goal.
Half time – Rower Inistioge 0-4, St Lachtains 0-7
Second half underway with the Rower scoring first from the 45 thanks to Cria Langton, St Lachtains put in a big push against the Rower back line and Emma Kavanagh in the goal having to pull out some saves, both goal keepers definitely earning their starting places in their respective teams.
There were tough battles all over the field and Rower Inistioge got a free from around 65 metres out converted by Cria Langton again for a point. Caoimhe Keher Murtagh went on a run along the stand side of the pitch and encountered two tough challenges from St Lachtain’s players, she managed to stay on her feet and fire a shot across the face of the goal, somehow CKM changed her position from right side to left side and got a rebounding ball that she dropped over for a point to the Rower.
Rower Inistioge had momentum and pushed, Caoimhe Keher Murtagh was now winding up a gear with a run and a shot on goal only to be blocked and rebound out for Caoimhe to latch onto again, this time no mistake back of the net goal Rower Inistioge.
A badly dealt with clearance in midfield by St Lachtains saw Katelyn Kelly put in another goal for the Rower.
Two goals in two minutes gave Rower a healthy advantage and another point from Cria Langton extended it again.
St Lachtains weren’t lying down and taking it, Lydia Fitzpatrick with her own run and strike at Emma Kavanagh in the Rower goal was successful, goal St Lachtains. Not long after Lydia headed for goal again this time the shot was saved but Michelle Killeen was on hand to put the point over.
With Owen Behan checking his watch everyone knew there wasn’t long left, but there was time for 3 more points. Lydia Fitzpatrick for St Lachtains got a free from around 45 metres out and converted the point, Caoimhe Keher Murtagh at the other end going for goal but having to settle for the point which was quickly followed by another point from play for Caoimhe Keher Murtagh.
Owen Behan blew the whistle for full time on this Intermediate semifinal with the Rower Inistioge into a final
Rower Inistioge 2-10
St Lachtains 1-9
Scores – Rower Inistioge – Caoimhe Keher Murtagh 1-03, Cria Langton 0-4, Katelyn Kelly 1-0, Kelly Hamilton 0-2, Ciara Foskin 0-1
St Lachtain’s – Lydia Fitzpatrick 1-06, Michelle Killeen 0-02, Julienne Bergin 0-1
Emma Kavanagh, Grace Galavan, Aine Gannon, Sinead Kelly, Rachel Dwyer, Aine Galavan, Ellen Murphy, Sophie Chapman, Aisling Kelly, Christine Lyng, Ciara Foskin, Cria Langton, Caoimhe Keher Murtagh, Kelly Hamilton, Sarah Ryan
Subs -Aideen Foskin for Ellen Murphy, Laura Prendergast for Ciara Foskin, Katelyn Kelly for Sarah Ryan, Amy Ryan for Sophie Chapman, Grainne Kelly on for Rachel Dwyer, Catriona Foley, Lizzie Lyng, Rebecca Alfred, Fiona Carroll, Laura Bolger, Eadaoin Walsh, Emma Galavan, Leah Langton, Amelia Furlong, Niamh Flood, Nora Hanrahan inj, Roisin Leahy inj
St Lachtains – Sinead Farrell, Emma Daly, Carmel Maher, Caoimhe Hickey, Tara Hickey, Caoimhe Bergin, Annie Maher, Aoife Ryan, Chloe Dooley, Michelle Killeen, Lydia Fitzpatrick, Courtney Burke, Emma Bergin, Saoirse Davis, Julianne Bergin
Subs – Tara Kenny Landers for Courtney Burke, Ava Dermody for Saoirse Davis, Katelyn O’Connor, Aoife Murphy, Abby Whitty, Edel Martin
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