29 Apr FAI Angela Hearst Interleague Trophy
Oscar Traynor Coaching and Development Centre, Coolock (Sunday 28th April 2019)
Metropolitan Girls League 3-2 Kildare & District Football League
The KDFL Women’s Representative Team began this contest with great intensity and had the better of the opening exchanges. The work-rate of Dunne, Jacob and McBride in midfield was notable in the first half and this was complemented by Matthews dropping back from centre forward. Jess Turner was seeing a lot of possession down the left flank, linking up well with her club-mate Dunne just infield. The home side did create a few chances in the opening half but Mackey was doing well at centre back. The Athy defender picked up an ankle injury blocking a goal-bound shot early in the half. Dunne put in a couple of dangerous corners from the left but it was a cross from White down the right flank that almost led to the opening goal. Good patient build up play started by Harris allowed the Kildare side to get players in the box and White found Dunne with the cross but her header sailed just wide of the post. McBride went close with a volley from the edge and Dunne was almost able to convert a rebound. MGL looked to get in behind the Kildare defence on occasions but Keane in goal swept up well behind them. The deadlock was broken in the 37th minute when KDFL got caught a player short when defending a short corner move. Dunne was left with two players to deal with and they worked a shooting opportunity which sailed over the despairing Keane and went in just under the cross-bar.
Far from disheartened, the Kildare players came out re-invigorated after the break. Phillips defended well and cleared up the line five minutes after the restart. The MGL players were forced to play the ball back to the keeper but Dunne decided to go and press. Reading the plan of the keeper, she got a block in and was able to pick up the loose ball and strike to the back of the net for the equaliser. Lloyd O’Neill was have a storming game on the left of defence but the pacy MGL attackers were now targeting the space behind the Kildare defence. Mackey was battling on bravely despite the injury and Phillips was always in position to provide cover when needed. MGL took the lead once again when the defence got slightly out of shape having dealt with the initial break. The ball was played into the centre just evading McBride who was getting back to cover and the MGL player had just enough time to drill a shot low into the far corner before Phillips had a chance to block. With Matthews and Harris still looking dangerous, the KDFL still felt there was something in the game for them. Jacob became more involved in the centre of the park again and the away side had a couple of shouts for penalties with Harris very disappointed not to see the ref point at the spot.
The killer blow came with ten minutes remaining. MGL worked the ball to an attacker just outside the box and her strike flew over Keane to make it 3-1. Kavanagh and Kelly were introduced as KDFL pressed for a goal. The game became end to end with McBride now defending on her own at times. A deserved second goal did finally come in injury time when skipper Turner smashed the ball into the top corner but time ran out for a gallant Kildare side. Keane handled and kicked really well between the posts and couldn’t be blamed for the goals. Mackey was fantastic as centre back with Phillips and Lloyd O’Neill defending excellently on either side of her. Turner and White had the tough task that is the wing back position but both covered huge ground and provided threat in attack. McBride showed her experience and leadership both in midfield and in defence when needed and Dunne and Jacob showed skill, bravery and enthusiasm throughout. Matthews and Harris never gave the MGL defence a minute’s peace and on any other day would have combined for a couple of goals.
KDFL Player of the Match: Tara Jacob (Allenwood Celtic FC)
1 Aimee Keane (Portlaoise AFC)
2 Rebecca Phillips (Clane United FC)
3 Sarah Lloyd O’Neill (Edenderry Town AFC)
4 Shauna Mackey (Athy Town FC)
5 Tara Jacob (Allenwood Celtic FC)
6 Sinead McBride (Newbridge Colts FC)
7 Orlaith White (Naas AFC)
8 Brooke Dunne (Newbridge Colts FC)
9 Stacey Harris (Newbridge Colts FC)
10 Laura Matthews (Naas AFC)
11 Jessica Turner (capt) (Newbridge Colts FC)
12 Sarah Duignan (Newbridge Colts FC)
13 Alicia Kavanagh (Edenderry Town AFC)
14 Rebecca Kelly (Parkceltic Summerhill FC)