Royal Gaels Storm To Victory.
Meath LGFA Adult League Division 5 Final
Royal Gaels B v Seneschalstown B
Saturday 9th September 5:00 Bective Gaa
Royal Gaels 5-10 Seneschalstown 2-08
Royal Gaels produced a stunning performance to claim the silverware at a breezy Bective on Saturday evening. Thankfully the rain stayed off for most of the game but a strong wind was ever present. Captain Ciara Dixon won the toss and decided to lay down a marker playing with the wind in the first half. Dixies’ call to arms before throw in had the black and amber army fired up to produce their best performance of the year.
This game produced a match of high intensity. Both sides competed bravely for every ball with Royal Gaels winning most of these battles. The midfield duo of Ciara Galvin and Petra Reilly both put in a great shift with Petra later declared the player of the match. Up front the combination of Ava Foley and Ellen McGee supported by Orla Keane caused the yellow furze side countless problems with both Foley and McGee finding the back of the net in the first half. Foley finishing of and incredible series of passing and support play while McGees goal came from her firing a shot from 18m to the far top corner of the net with her trusted left leg. McGee also claimed an assist as her floated free from wide out on the right was fisted to the back of the net by Eimear Traynor. Traynor had just failed to finish another goal from a similar free only a minute earlier.
This Dunshaughlin side have an abundance of quality players and boasted a half forward line of Ciara Dixon, Caoimhe Rooney and Megan O’Reilly with Cara Usher and Maria Bradley and Lucy Kelly in reserve.
The now fully fit Kelly O’Dwyer scored the opening 2 points before Seneschalstown converted a free kick to get on the scoreboard. Ciara Galvin then fired over a free from distance before Foley scored her goal.
Royal Gaels were winning all there kick outs at this stage with goalkeeper Lara Reynolds finding her hard working players with ease.. As usual any frees conceded in kickable range were converted by Seneschalstowns’ Emer Smith. The Gaels knew they needed to build a lead with the wind. Shortly before half time Seneschalstown scored a goal of their own before Ellen Byrne got her hand to a cross from Galvin. Byrne managed to flick the ball away from the oncoming goalkeeper before toe poking the ball into the net.
Half Time :
Royal Gaels 4-05 Seneschalstown 1-04
The second half resumed with Seneschalstown scoring 2 points with the wind. The reaction from The Dunshaughlin girls was immediate with points from Galvin and Kelly O’Dwyer maintaining the advantage. The Gaels full Back Line was immense with Caitlin O’Neill, Aoife O’Shea then Ava O’Brien and Ciara Jordan proving to be a tough nut to crack for the Seneschalstown forwards.
The Royal Gaels bench had a huge impact with speedsters Cara Usher and Niamh Curtin adding extra zip to both defence and attack. Aisling O’Donoghue and Roisin Bruce brought fresh legs and a robust direct approach. The trio All contributed to the scoring with O’Donoghue finding the back of the net to effectively make the game safe. Both Bruce and Curtin pointed either side of an O’Dwyer free. Katelyn Doherty also joined the attack and was unlucky to see her shot just drift wide. Lucy Kelly, Maria Bradley and Emma Murray also entered the fray ensuring no late late recovery from the opposition.
All 33 players toggling out on Saturday have contributed hugely to the campaign with everyone having played at least one match in the league campaign. Great credit must go to Hughie McCarthy and Gordon Weldon who have done the vast bulk of the training with these players. Special thanks also to Stephen Clare for his input earlier in the year. The supporters really were the 16th Player on Saturday and the sea of black and amber gave a girls a huge lift. Thank you to the girls themselves for their passion, commitment and good humour making this such an enjoyable campaign for everyone in the management team.
Our attention now focuses on our Senior team who go in search of more silverware in the coming weeks. Good luck everyone!
Team: Lara Reynolds .Caitlin O’Neill, Ciara Jordan, Aoife O’Shea, Megan O’Reilly , Caoimhe Rooney, Ciara Dixon ( Captain) , Petra Reilly, Ciara Galvin(0-03), Orla Keane, Kelly O’Dwyer(0-04), Eimear Traynor(1-01), Ava Foley(1-0), Ellen Byrne(1-00)Ellen McGee(1-00), Replacements: Ellie McCarthy, Niamh Curtin(0-01), Aisling O’Donoghue(1-0), Orlaith Moyles, Emma Murray, Ava Fox, Laura Costello, Lucy Kelly Michelle Jibowu, Katelyn Doherty, Megan McCarthy, Kate Brady, Maria Bradley, Cara Usher, Roisin Bruce(0-01), Ava O’Brien, Hayley Reynolds,33. Rachel Ennis.
Manager : Gerry Reynolds
Mentors: Teresa Ennis, Seamus Traynor, Colum Bracken, Mary O’Regan
FLO: Mary O’Neill.
Unfortunate St Ultans had to concede their match against royal gaels in the Junior c championship whicg now leaves our girls in a home semi final in august.
Another win for the Senior Ladies
Royal Gaels faced Seneschalstown in round 5 of the Masita Senior Championship. Conditions were going to be tough for both teams as the rain continued to pour down. Just before throw in, the rain thankfully stopped. Sarah Darby won the throw in and knocked the ball down to her midfield partner Niamh O’Sullivan. She kicked the ball into Laura Murray who rounded her marker and laid the ball off to the oncoming Niamh Gallogly, raising the white flag. Seneschalstown answered that point in quick succession. This game was going to be nip and tuck right through the 60 minutes. Seneschalstown got their second point of the game from the boot of Stacey Grimes. Long kick out by McLaughlin caught the Seneschalstown half backs and Gallogly, Bruce and Murray were cleaning up loose ball. Quick ball into Maeve Scanlon resulted in Royal Gaels second point. Murray got herself on the score board with 2 well taken points to stretch the Dunshaughlin girls out by 4 points to 2 points. Seneschalstown responded well with a point to cut the deficit to a single point. Gallogly got her second point with great link up play from O’Muiri and Scanlon. Both teams were guilty of missed chances and miss place passes. Great defending from Laura Quinn, Laura Ryan and Ava O’Brien kept the Yellow Furze girls at bay. They managed to get another point back to leave the scoreboard reading Dunshaughlin 0-5 Seneschalstown 0-4. A quick kickout from McLaughlin, finding Molly McNamara, she in turn kicked to Murray in space. Murray hand passed to the on rushing O’Sullivan, she drew in the Seneschalstown defence and popped it to Tara Ryan, she rounded the keeper and cooly slotted the ball to back of the net. Royal Gaels responded well with a point from O’Sullivan. Seneschalstown don’t panic and got a goal through the boot of Louise McKeever. Royal Gaels lead by 2 points. Seneschalstown added another point to the scoreboard. Royal Gaels didn’t panic and got another goal from Maeve Scanlon. The ever industrious Niamh Gallogly had the last say as she raised another white flag with the assist of Bruce. Half time loomed Score board read Royal Gaels 2-7 Seneschalstown 1-6.
It was all still all to play for in this 2nd half. Seneschalstown won the throw up and got a score straight away. They got another score from the boot of Roisin Commons, she was started to pick up a lot of loose possession around the middle third of the field along with Amy Gilsenan. 2 points between the teams plenty of time left, this was still anyone’s game. Enter super sub Emma Kennedy, first touch she raises the white flag to get the black and amber girls under way in this second half. Quick kickouts by Seneschalstown caught the Dunshaughlin girls out in the first half but they had it sussed now. Bruce latching onto the kickout, did brilliantly to find O’Sullivan, quick ball into Kennedy who laid it back to O’Sullivan another white flag raised. 4 points up you could say game over but not against the yellow furze girls who continued to cause the Royals Gaels defence trouble. Super blocks and tackling by Ciara Dixon and Gemma Donoghue who both were playing in unfamiliar positions. Both defences started to get on top. Seneschalstown managed to claw the deficit back to 2 points. Less than 10 minutes to go this game was still in the balance. There was only 2 points between the teams. Seneschalstown half backs started to drift forward leaving vital space behind them which Gallogly, McNamara, Murray and O’Sullivan capitalised on. Again Emma Kennedy was in front, she took on her marker and struck the ball beautifully over the black spot. Royal Gaels were 3 points up with 5 minutes to go. Seneschalstown had their own say by going up the field to raise the white flag. There was a great battle between Laura Ryan and Louise McKeever going for every ball with pure determination. Any loose ball spilling Donoghue, Darby, O’Brien, O’Muiri, Dixey, Ryaner and Quinny were on hand to scoop it up and get it out of danger. Grimes stood up to closes the deficit to 1point. O’ Sullivan latched onto McLaughlin kickout and ran at the yellow furze defence, she was dragged down. O’Sullivan kicked over the free. Great play by Chalkley and Kennedy to find O’Sullivan who kicked the assurance point. This was a fantastic game considering the conditions well done to both teams. Final Score Royal Gaels 2-12 Seneschalstown 1-12
Royal Gaels: Orlagh McLaughlin, Ava O’ Brien, Laura Ryan, Laura Quinn, Sadhbh O’ Muiri, Ciara Dixon, Molly McNamara, Sarah Darby, Niamh O’Sullivan(0-4), Ailis Bruce, Laura Murray(0-2), Niamh Gallogly(0-3), Gemma Donoghue, Tara Ryan(1-0), Maeve Scanlon(1-1). Subs: Emma Kennedy(0-2) for Maeve Scanlon, Alannah Chalkley for Tara Ryan.