Match Report: U19 ‘B’ Ladies Football County Final

Moyne Templetuohy     3-10

Cahir                                     4-08

By Mark Dunne

A last gasp Cahir attack broke the hearts of a gallant and gutsy Moyne Templetuohy display in today’s County U19 ‘B’ Football Final held in cold but dry conditions in Golden.

The team from the south started with intent. Their opening attack saw star forward Niamh Costigan charge down on Emma Leahy’s goal only for the brave Muireann Lloyd to pull off a good block. The resultant 45 was taking short and a high ball in founds its way to the Moyne Templetuohy net. Moyne settled and Tipperary star Roisín Daly pointed to open their account. Moyne Templetuohy were now in the game. They shot the next two wides, but their persistence paid off as the aforementioned Roisín Daly picked up a short kick out and rattled the Cahir net. Emma  Kelly added one more to extend their lead to two. Cahir got themselves back into the game courtesy of an Anna  Downey point. Daly pointed from a free following good work by Ellen Moore. 1-03 to 1-01. Cahir had an opportunity to take the lead when Roseanna Kiely burst through the defence only to kick her shot over the bar. The minimum between the sides. Muireann Lloyd continued her excellent defending with another superb block. Moyne began to motor, and Aoife Shelly was next on the ticket with a superb point from her left. Moyne Templetuohy’s quick passing was beginning to cause problems for Cahir. Roisin Daly found herself in acres of space and had only one thing on her mind. A superb individual run saw her finish to the next 2-04 to 1-01. Emma Kelly kept the pressure on pointing shortly afterwards. The game could have been over when a rasper shot from Niamh Ryan was saved. Daly pointed the resultant short 45m to extend the gap to eight. Cahir felt that their chance would come and so it did. The final minutes of the half saw Cahir add two more scores before disaster. On the stroke of half time a Cahir attack landed a sucker blow when the ball ended up in the back of the Moyne Templetuohy net. 2-06 to 2-04 the half time score read.

The second half may not have had as many scores as the first, but the grit and determination shown by Moyne Templetuohy could not be faltered. Bolstered by their strong end to the first half, Cahir came out ready to battle. They dominated the opening minutes where they landed a devastating 1-01 to send them into the lead for the first time in the encounter. 2-06 to 3-05. Moyne Templetuohy worked hard, Niamh Dunne, Ellen Moore and Cathy Hogan providing a basis for each attack. Roisin Daly narrowed the gap to one with a tight score off her right. Cahir responded to put two between the sides before two quick points from Niamh Ryan drew the sides level with 10mins to go. This was going to go to the wire and those in attendance were ready for that. Cahir took the initiative once again with an Anna Downey free. Rebecca Fox had a great opportunity to level the sides but for effort to drift narrowly wide. Ellen Moore’s hunger was evident; winning a superb kickout she passed to Kelly who pointed for the third of the day and the sides level once again. Emma Leahy in the Moyne Templetuohy goal pulled off a crucial save similar to those her father Joe done for many years. Cahir added one more with time almost up to send them one to the good. Moyne Templetuohy had a chance to level but the shot drifted left and wide. And then, the aforementioned Ellen Moore won a superb break thirty yards from the goal, she set off with a green flag in her eye. A superb bit of skill saw her shoot to the net and send the Moyne Templetuohy crowd wild. 3-10 to 3-08. Time now at the discretion of the referee. Cahir launched one final attack. They poured bodies forward in search of that elusive goal and amongst all the bodies, somehow managed to find it. 3-10 to 4-08. Heartbreak at the final whistle.

Moyne Templetuohy can be so so proud of their efforts. From the first whistle to the last they never once gave up. They showed through heart and spirit only for it to be snatched at the death. The large local support in attendance will surely agree that these girls left it all on the sod in Golden. We commiserate with them and their management team of PJ Ryan, Claire Shelly, Sally Dunne and Tim Bergin.

The future is most certainly bright for this bunch of players with Muireann Lloyd and Roisin Daly bringing their intercounty experience to the fold. The hard working Niamh Ryan, Niamh Dunne, Cathy Hogan, Muireann Lloyd and Laura Daly tried their upmost to mention but a few.

Team and scorers:  Emma Leahy. Laura Daly, Muireann Lloyd, Orlaith Ryan, Bróna Bergin, Cathy Hogan, Clodagh Bergin, Roisín Daly (2-03, 0-01 free), Ellen Moore (1-00), Aoife Shelly (0-01), Niamh Ryan (0-02), Niamh Dunne, Emma Kelly (0-03), Rachel Moore and Rebecca Fox.