Mourneabbey Juniors bounce back to beat St Peters 2013-08-14 12:25:00

Mourneabbey Juniors bounce back to beat St Peters

After a potentially demoralising defeat to a very strong Newmarket side in the previous round, Mourneabbey Junior Ladies footballers showed great spirit to record a win against St. Peter's last week. From the throw-in, Mourneabbey were out to prove a point and took the game to St. Peters who had defeated Mourneabbey in the opening game of the league. St. Peters pulled one of their wing forwards into defence but this move backfired as the close marking Shauna Kelly and Maria Murphy gave the St Peters' inside line no opportunity while Aoife Walsh as the free defender mopped up an amount of possession. In the middle, Lorraine Dennehy, Cliona Woulfe and Sinead Coakley were well on top. Grainne Twomey opened the scoring with a fine point before St Peters replied with a free. Eva O'Donoghue looked very dangerous all through and scored a goal and a point as Mourneabbey dominated the second half. Sinead Coakley stormed through from mid-field on a couple of occasions but saw her efforts drift wide. A combination of poor final delivery into the forwards and some wayward shooting saw a dominant Mourneabbey only ahead by 1-2 to 0-1 at half-time. 

Mourneabbey were made to rue their missed chances when a re-shaped St. Peters team got a tonic start to the second-half with a goal and a point. Mourneabbey settled again with Emer Browne outstanding at wing-back. Jolene Forde powered forward from centre-back to score a point and Eva O'Donoghue tagged on another point from a free. St Peters were playing much better at this stage and responded with two points of their own and then Mourneabbey were rocked as St Peters struck a goal to take the lead. The Mourneabbey heads could have dropped but instead they upped their intensity and Rachel Buckley came storming forward before rifling a shot to the St Peters net. With Caoilfhionn Brophy becoming more prominent, Mourneabbey continued to press and points from Caoilfhionn Brophy and Jolene Forde came either side of another Eva O'Donoghue goal. Injuries and fatigue began to take their toll but the Mourneabbey subs, Brianna Lyons and Amy Twohig made valuable contributions after coming on. Another Eva O'Donoghue point stretched the Mourneabbey lead but then Aoife Walsh picked up a yellow card making a last-ditch tackle to prevent a goal, with St Peters pointing from the resultant penalty. St Peters sensed their chance with the extra player and pushed forward but the Mourneabbey defence held firm with goalkeeper Wendy Walsh providing great guidance to the younger defenders. Rachel Buckley again came forward to point before another St Peters score and Louise Forde was desperately unlucky with a late effort. Mourneabbey ran out deserving winners on a final score-line of 3-08 to 2-06  Mourneabbey team: Wendy Walsh, Maria Murphy, Shauna Kelly, Aoife Walsh, Rachel Buckley, Jolene Forde, Emer Browne, Sinead Coakley, Cliona Woulfe, Lorraine Dennehy, Caoilfhionn Brophy, Grainne Twomey, Eva O'Donoghue

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