BALTINGLASS LADIES WIN SENIOR LEAGUE TITLE FOR FIRST TIME
Baltinglass Ladies won their first Division 1 Senior League Final in great style with a superb victory over defending champions Tinahely on a scoreline of 7-14 to 6-8. Played in windy conditions this game was played in good spirit with some excellent football played by both teams on the night. Assisted by a strong wind in the first half it was the girls from the West who started the better with 2 great goals from Chloe Farrell and Sinead Fisher. Tinahely bounced back with scores from Lucy Mulhall and Loretta Gilbert before Ger Norton responded with 2 points to leave the score 2-5 to 4 points after 15 minutes. Both teams were playing some excellent football at this stage and the first half concluded with a penalty for Baltinglass which was scored by Catherine Dempsey to leave the half time score 4-9 to 2-4 in favour of Baltinglass. Baltinglass started the second half as the did the first with some excellent scores from Lucy Cushe and Marie Kealy followed by a third goal from Chloe Farrell to give them a big lead going into the last 15 minutes. Tinahely never gave up and they continued to tag on the scores to keep in the game going into the last few minutes but their fate was sealed in the last minute when Chloe Farrell scored her fourth goal to take the title on a score line of 7-14 to 6-8 for the girls in white and green. In a wonderful team performance all over the pitch Baltinglass fully deserved their win and showed some great skill and determination from start to finish. In defence Sarah Jane Winder, Edel Patterson, Emma Byrne and Ciara Hennessy were outstanding while in attack Catherine Dempsey, Ger Norton, Sinead Fisher, Marie Kealy, Chloe Farrell and Lucy Cushe caused the Tinahely defence problems all evening. For Tinahely Loretta Gilbert, Jackie Kinch, Laura Hogan and Lucy Mulhall never gave up and the match was refereed in a excellent manner by Stephen Mcnulty. Sarah Jane accepted the Divison 1 League Cup from Dominic Leech and thanked Tinahely for a sporting game. She thanked her team mates for their efforts during the year and congratulated them on their victory over the defending champions.
Baltinglass Team 1. Susan Dowling, 2. Edel Patterson, 3. Sarah Jane Winder, 4.Hanna Sheerin, 5. Ciara Hennessy, 6. Kelly Keane, 7. Paula Faulkner, 8. Emma Byrne, 9. Catherine Dempsey, 10. Amanda Mcgeer, 11. Ger Norton, 12. Lucy Cushe, 13, Sinead Fisher, 14. Chloe Farrell, 15. Marie Kealy. Subs- Ciara Lawlor, Katie Murphy, Sinead Kelly, Sarah Fennelly, Hanna Dowling, Emma Fleming, Julie Fitzmaurice, Alex Murphy, Helena Dowling, Ann Marie Doran
Scorers—Chloe Farrell 4-2, Catherine Dempsey 2-1, Ger Norton 0-4, Lucy Cushe 0-3 Sinead Fisher 1-0 , Marie Kealy 0-2, Amanda Mcgeer 0-1
Tinahely Team 1. Michelle Kinch, 2. Ciara Stokes , 3.Sarah Hogan, 4. Kate Hatten, 5. Niamh Kenny, 6. Aine Byrne, 7. Emily Mulhall, 8.Jackie Kinch, 9. Claire O Rourke, 10. Jessica Byrne, 11. Loretta Gilbert, 12. Laura Hogan, 13. Claire Turner, 14. Lucy Mulhall ,15. Brigid Kenny.