Sky Blues are champions
Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Mayobridge 2-9 Bosco 0-11
NOBODY in Mayobridge cared about the intermittent showers around the locality on Saturday afternoon because the sky was blue in Clonduff and the sun shone brightly on the Mayobridge ladies as they celebrated winning the Intermediate Championship Final.
The old adage that says goals win games is a philosophy that Mayobridge ladies adhere to as evidenced by the eight goals scored in their previous two Down Intermediate Championship matches. And the goals that got them to this final on Saturday kept coming and were hugely instrumental in seeing them beat rivals Bosco and lift the Cup for the first time since the Sky Blues first Championship win in 2009 when they won the Junior Final.
“Yes we do score a lot of goals," said overjoyed captain Martina McConville after the game.
"Every 15 minutes in training we put the keeper in nets and we just drill it in to her and we just keep going. Our aim is to hit the ball low and that's what it is."
That being the secret to their success then, implementing it in practice is a different matter but Mayobridge got off to a dream start with Charlene Lively drilling in the first goal after just two minutes with the first score of the game. She followed that swiftly with a point before Bosco got off the mark with a free knocked over by star player Michaela Downey who led this team to victory last year in the Junior Final.
Downey was kept quieter in this match though with the points spread out between seven players.
Lauren Carnegie, who started in place of Aoibhean Downey who came on before half-time, pointed Bosco's next. The Newry ladies threatened to score a goal of their own when Mary Adegbamyie, who had a fantastic game, broke down the middle, but the shot was well blocked and it came back out to Kirsty McKevitt who pointed her first of three.
Although this match was end-to-end with neither side dominating play, a point behind, on three occasions in the first half was the closest Bosco came to Mayobridge.
At 1-1 to 0-3, Player of the Match Sinead McNamee converted two frees in quick succession, of the six scores she would get on the day.
It was Bosco's Hannah Mckevitt then who surged forward on a goal-ward bound run. She got her shot away and nearly caught keeper Martina Rooney out with an awkward bounce that came off the crossbar and out to Kirsty McKevitt for a point.
Further tit-for-tat points from McKevitt, McNamee and Olivia McAvoy made it 1-4 to 0-6 until the 28th minute when Laura McNamee scored a brilliant goal with the outside of her foot that she drilled off the far post and in, on the run and from a tight angle.
Bosco had no intention of throwing in the towel in this final however and kept plugging away after the break. There was little between these teams in terms of possession but it was The 'Bridge who chipped more persistently at the scoreboard following a point from Bosco's Michelle McCoy (free), Orlagh McLogan and McNamee (two, one from a free) made it 2-7 to 0-7.
During this passage County player, Nicola O'Gorman was sin-binned for an infringement and she received a yellow card, in fact Bosco were quite unhappy as the game went on with the amount of frees awarded to their opponents for innocuous looking incidents and they were right to feel aggrieved in some cases.
At one stage Adegbamyie was deemed to have taken a player down who appeared to have just tripped with little or no contact. She responded with a terrific score from a pass by Emma Walsh.
There was no chance of Bosco getting back into this game without goals with only seven minutes remaining and Mayobridge refusing to let the gap close. McNamee converted another free and with Carnegie having two goal attempts thwarted by great Mayobridge defensive play it was only points they could find.
Aoibhean Downey (free), substitute Niamh Monaghan and Michaela Downey with a '45, supplied them but it was never going to be enough and McNamee closed it out for her team when she ran through the middle and kicked over Mayobridge's final point.
“It was a really tough game. We knew it would be, we played Bosco in the league and they beat us but we didn't show up then - we didn't even come out of the changing rooms for that. They were the favourites coming into this game so we just worked and worked and worked every Tuesday and Thursday night," said McConville.
"I could not have asked for a better group of girls to work with and to win the Championship with this year," she added before joining her teammates in joyful celebration.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Sinead McNamee was officially named Player of the Match and she did have a terrific game scoring six points for the victors but Laura McNamee was also outstanding assisting on a lot of scores and scoring a lovely goal.
For Bosco, Kirsty McKevitt had a great game, but my Player of the Match is Mary Adegbamyie who doggedly chased every ball down and won most.
GAME-CHANGER: Mayobridge stuck to their winning formula of aiming low in front of nets. The second goal by Laura McNamee put daylight between the teams and the Sky Blues never looked back from that point.
MAYOBRIDGE: M Rooney, J Smyth, M McConville, R O'Hare, L Taylor, O Caldwell, C Linden, J Magee, S McNamee (0-6, 4 frees), M Coulter, K Kane, M McCoy (0-1 free), L O'Hare, C Lively (1-1) and L McNamee (1-1). Subs used: S. McNamee (for Kane 61').
BOSCO: D McCourt, T Quinn, E Rooney, A Turley, H McKevitt, M Adegbamyie (0-1), L Carnegie (0-1), N O'Gorman, O' McLogan, O McAvoy (0-1), M Downey (0-3, 2 frees), L Doran, M Burke, E Walsh, K Mckevitt (0-3). Subs used: N Monaghan (0-1), S Carroll, A Downey (for H. McKevitt 28') and A Fox.
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