Huge Turnaround Wins Shield S-F For Ladies U-18 Footballers

(11 Nov 2019)

Huge Turnaround Wins Shield S-F For Ladies U-18 Footballers

Castleknock 4-9 Fingallians 2-8

An incredible 13-point turnaround brought about by four last quarter goals saw Castleknock record a stunning U-18 Ladies Football Shield Semi-Final victory over Fingallians in ‘Baltic’ Somerton this evening (Nov.11).

After 20 minutes Fingallians playing into the wind led by 1-5 0-2 but Castleknock never gave up before coming good in that frantic final quarter (and the fully justified 12 minutes of injury time).

Castleknock struggled to match Fingallians pace in the opening quarter with just a fisted Emma McMenamin point and another from Eimear Griffin to show for the home team’s early efforts.

Only six points down at that stage thanks to a good Sophie Browne save, Castleknock finished the first half strongly with four points in a row from Emma McMenamin (2), Cara Feeney and Megan Jordan to close the gap to just two points 0-6 1-5 at the break.

Castleknock kept that momentum going after the interval with points from Emma McMenamin and Eimear Griffin helping to level the match before Fingallians second goal 17 minutes into the half looked to have turned the tide in the visitors’ favour.

Undaunted Castleknock pushed forward yet again. The dominant home defence won some vital possession allowing Castleknock’s ball-carriers Eimear Griffin, Cara Feeney, Emma Strappe and Laura Keane to pour through the Fingallians backlines.

In the space of 15 minutes some excellent Castleknock approach play produced four glorious goals. The first came from an Aoife Millmore rocket to the top corner of the Fingallians net. Then a perfectly placed Emma McMenamin shot found the net followed by the goal of the evening as Eimear Griffin was involved three times in a passing movement begun by herself in midfield before drilling the ball past the Fingallians goalkeeper.

The icing on the cake came in injury time when Sinead Nic Sheoin added a point to her expertly taken goal to complete an extraordinary 13-point turnaround and send Castleknock through to the Shield Final.

It was a Castleknock performance full of character and skill and must surely rate as one of the grittiest displays we’ve seen all year in Somerton.

Best wishes too for a speedy recovery to Erica Moore who was forced off during the second-half due to an injury.

Castleknock: Sophie Browne; Aoife Millmore (1-0); Sophie King; Ciara Moynihan; Sinead Nic Sheoin (1-1); Ciara Golden; Erica Moore; Eimear Griffin (1-2); Cara Feeney (0-1); Megan Jordan (0-1); Emma Strappe; Laura Keane; Sophie Brady; Emma McMenamin (1-4); Cailín Hughes. Sub: Aisling Kenny.

Mentors: Ollie Coffey; Brendan Griffin.
Report: Kevin Mallon

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