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History made in Bro. Leo Park Tullow as ladies team their first Carlow S.F. title

posted 10 Sep 2015, 09:01 by

  By Eamonn Byrne

Bennekerry-Tinryland ladies created history at Bro Leo Park on Wednesday 9th September when they won their first ever Carlow ladies senior title defeating holders Naomh Eoin in a match that had many talking points. Played on an ideal evening for football under floodlights this game was stopped for a full hour mid- way through the second half after a serious injury to Lauren Dwyer shortly after the Irish international soccer star had scored an inspirational point to put her team 7 points clear. With an ambulance called for to the venue it was deemed necessary to leave Lauren on the field until it arrived and that process took a full hour before referee Pat Kehoe was in a position to restart the game which was played in front of a large attendance.

The early stages of the first half saw the defending champions settle very quickly and they raced into a 3 point lead within 9 minutes of the throw in courtesy of points from full forward Marion Doyle (2) and Ciara Mullins. Bennekerry-Tinryland then settled down to play the football they are capable of and when Leah Mullins won a penalty in the 11th minute Aoibhin Webb who recently travelled with Wexford youths to play champions league soccer  slotted the ball past Maired Doyle in the Myshall goal to leave matters all square nearing the end of the first quarter. Naomh Eoin responded with a goal but an Elaine Ware point for BT was quickly followed by a superbly worked goal for the new champions when wing back Ciara Nolan drifted into attack after superb work from Cliodhna Ni Se and rattled the Naomh Eoin net to give her team a lead they never relinquished. A well taken free from one of BT’s best players Niamh Kelly stretched the lead to two points before Naomh Eoin scored the final point of the half to leave the interval score Bennekerry-Tinryland 2-3 Naomh Eoin 1-5.

When play resumed Bennekerry-Tinryland were quickly on the scoresheet with a point from Niamh Kelly and despite further Naomh Eoin pressure it was Bennekerry –Tinryland that stretched their lead when a speculative shot from Aoibhin Webb deceived the keeper in the 41st minute. Points from sub Sinead Lyons and that great score from Lauren Dwyer then followed before the game was stopped after Lauren Dwyer was injured after a high challenge that resulted in a sin binning for a Naomh Eoin player. With the long delay stretching past the half hour mark many at the venue felt that the game would be abandoned but finally the ambulance arrived and Lauren received a generous round of applause as she was taken to hospital. Pat Kehoe then restarted proceedings and despite their numerical dis-advantage it was Naomh Eoin that applied the early pressure scoring a point to leave 6 points separating the sides. Two class conversions from Niamh Kelly got her team back on track and despite two further points from the Myshall girls the icing was put on the cake when BT corner forward Leah Mullins burst through the NE defence to score her teams 4th goal and annex the Brady catering cup which was presented to joint captains Deirdre Tomlinson and Emma O’Regan shortly afterwards. Final Score Benekerry Tinryland 4-8 Naomh Eoin 1-8

Team: Shannen Cotter, Deirdre Tomlinson, Lauren Dwyer, Jane Bullen, Ruth Bermingham, Elaine Ware, Ciara Nolan, Cliodhna Ni Se, Emma O’Regan, Elizabeth Lowry, Roisin Byrne, Niamh O’Regan, Niamh Kelly, Aoibhin Webb, Leah Mullins. Subs Katie Bullen, Sinead Lyons,  Deirdre O’Sullivan, Emer Fahy, Andrea Jeaney, Aisling Kelly, Roisin Brennan, Niamh Redmond, Dearbhla Kelly, Bernie Morrissey, Christine Scully, Doireann Walshe, Emma Kavanagh, Leanne Corish, Aoife Timmons, Paula Murphy