Ladies footballers Lose League Final But Still Win Promotion

(30 Oct 2019)

Ladies Footballers Lose League Final But Still Win Promotion

Castleknock 0-9 Parnells 2-12

Castleknock went toe-to-toe with Parnells for three-quarters of this Adult League Div.2 Final before an impressive final quarter display saw the visitors ease to victory under lights in Somerton this evening (Oct.30).

The silver-lining as far as the Castleknock players are concerned is that (subject to confirmation) both finalists are promoted to Div.1 and so even in defeat Castleknock can celebrate yet another step forward in their impressive move up the League rankings from Div.8 to Div.1.

The sides were level four times in the opening 30 minutes, the first after Hannah Hanlon fired over from play. A minute later Parnells found the Castleknock net with a fine ground shot but Castleknock hit back with points from Eimear Griffin and Ciara Burgess to keep the home team well in touch.

Six different Castleknock players scored in that first half with Jess Comerford, Aisling O’Connor and Aisling O’Donnell adding further points before another Hannah Hanlon point bookended the Castleknock first-half scoring leaving only two points in it at the interval – Castleknock 0-7 Parnells 1-6.

The Castleknock defence played extremely well in that first half shadowing the Parnells runners, forcing them away from goal and constantly making them rush their shots.

In the third quarter Castleknock got within a point of Parnells, 0-9 1-7, Aisling O’Connor and Hannah Hanlon the home scorers. The game’s pivotal moment came in the 17th minute of the half when after a Castleknock half-chance almost led to a goal Parnells swept upfield to win a penalty which when scored gave the visitors the cushion of a five-point lead for the first time.

Castleknock refused to give up but with the focus then on goals, the Parnells defence held out and their forwards added another four well-struck points.

Castleknock reached three Finals during 2019, losing the Div.2 Cup and League Finals to Parnells and winning the Intermediate Shield Final by beating Clann Mhuire but of course an even bigger prize is securing promotion to Div.1.

Well done to everyone involved, on and off the field.

Castleknock: Amy Mahony; Sinead Comerford; Jenny Hickey; Louise Mahony; Aisling Mahony; Denise Convery; Nicola Fagan; Laura O’Hare; Caitlin Coffey; Eimear Griffin (0-1); Jess Comerford (0-1); Aisling O’Connor (0-2); Aisling O’Donnell (0-1); Ciara Burgess (0-1); Hannah Hanlon (0-3). Sub: Aoife Whelan. Panel: Sinead Cremin; Lelia Ryan; Emma Finney; Mairead Griffin; Karla Whelan; Ciara Murray.

Managers: Ciarán Barry; Kevin Finney.
Report: Kevin Mallon

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