GIRLS DIVISION 7 - Late rally sees Killenard past Mountmellick in thrilling final

Rory Delaney

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Rory Delaney

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A late rally from Killenard saw them edge out Mountmellick after an absolute thriller last Thursday afternoon.

Scoil Naomh Eoin Killenard 2-7

St Joseph's Girls NS Mountmellick 2-3

In a closely fought first half, it was Killenard who broke the deadlock with a little over three minutes played, as midfielder Aoibhe McMahon struck a free straight between the posts.

That score got her side up and running, and McMahon repeated the trick with another well-struck free moments later to double the Killenard lead.

Mountmellick were taking their time to settle, but once they did they announced themselves into the game in a big way. Róise Culleton opened their account with a point from a tight angle, before Michelle Conroy made space for herself close to goal and struck a powerful shot to the net.

Credit to Killenard, they never let the scores knock them off their stride, and Holly Hanway hit back with a point to leave the minimum between the teams at the interval, 1-1 to 0-4 to Mountmellick.

It was all to play for in the second half, and a point apiece for each side kept the scores deadlocked. Killenard then struck for a goal through Sophie Tallon, but Mountmellick hit back with a goal from Emma Bergin and point from Michelle Conroy.

They lead by two now, but Killenard finished strong, as Sophie Tallon struck a crucial second goal, and points from the impressive Aoibhe McMahon sealed the win.

ST JOSEPH'S GIRLS NS, MOUNTMELLICK

Scorers: Michelle Conroy 1-1, Emma Bergin 1-0 (free), Róise Culleton 0-2.

Team: Chelsea Lee; Gloria Pedro, Aisha Ikeje; Emma Bergin, Sarah Coyle; Róise Culleton, Michelle Conroy. Subs: Jennifer Lovett, Ciara Quaile


NAOMH EOIN KILLENARD

Scorers: Aoibhe McMahon 0-6 (0-5 frees), Sophie Tallon 2-0, Holly Hanway 0-1.

Team: Roisin Kehoe; Orlaith Lindsay, Sinead Slevin; Holly Hanway, Aoibhe McMahon; Sophie Tallon, Neala Byrne. Subs:

Referee: JJ Gorman