A fantastic first half performance set the Edgeworthstown ladies on their way to capturing the Junior ‘A’ Football Championship title with a deserved win over St. Helen’s in the floodlit final replay at Emmet Park in Killoe on Tuesday night of last week.
Mostrim had to come from behind in the drawn encounter to grab a last gasp equaliser but there was to be no repeat of that as they took the game to the Drumlish/Ballinamuck side right from the start.
Late starts in matches are normally associated with Spain and countries with decent climates but the 9.30pm throw-in for this game meant it was played in bitterly cold conditions.
Sarah Tierney opened the scoring for Edgeworthstown with a point in the 3rd minute and they quickly grabbed their first goal when Catriona Monaghan finished the ball to the net. In the 5th minute they were five points ahead when Player of the Match Gemma Kenny shot over the bar.
After being out of the game for the first 10 minutes St. Helen’s got their first score in the 11th minute; a point from Emma Davis. Mostrim responded with points from Oonagh Hussey, Sarah Tierney and Catriona Monaghan to put seven between the sides in the 13th minute. That was extended to 10 in the 15th minute when Catriona Monaghan scored her second goal.
In the 20th minute the game was over as a contest when Mostrim got their third goal when St. Helen’s keeper Sinead Corrigan in a saving attempt parried Catriona Monaghan’s shot into the net. Sarah Tierney then followed that up with her side’s sixth point.
Just before the break St. Helen’s hit a bit of a purple patch to register four points in a row with Leanna Kane, Aisling O’Hara (two) and Leah Donnelly getting the scores to leave 10 in it at half-time.
Mostrim started the second half in superb style to clock up six more points through Catriona Monaghan, Oonagh Hussey (two) and Sarah Tierney (three) to stretch their commanding lead to 16 points.
But credit to St. Helen’s they kept plugging away despite fighting a losing battle and in the space of four minutes they had cut the deficit to nine points; Leah Donnelly with a point before Emma Davis and Ellie Collumb grabbed a goal apiece. But Mostrim hit back with points from Oonagh Hussey and Catriona Monaghan to lead by 11 in the 48th minute.
Points from Leanna Kane, Emma Davis and Aisling O’Hara cut the gap to eight in the 56th minute but Mostrim replied through Sarah Tierney and Gemma Kenny to consolidate their firm grip on the game. On the stroke of normal time Aisling O’Hara converted a free for St. Helen’s and it was left to Edel Kenny to fire over the final score of the game in the 62nd minute to leave Edgeworthstown well clear in the finish.
EDGEWORTHSTOWN: Monica Coyle; Leanne Keegan, Stephanie Reilly; Nikita Cassidy, Louise Monaghan, Sinead Noonan; Gemma Kenny (0-2), Briana Connell; Edel Kenny (0-1), Oonagh Hussey (0-4), Eimear Monaghan; Sarah Tierney (0-7, one free), Catriona Monaghan (3-3).
Sub:- Michelle Burke for C Monaghan (58 mins).
ST. HELEN’S: Sinead Corrigan; Rachel Murphy, Tara Kane; Sinead Hughes, Ailish Noonan, Rachel Cooney; Aisling O’Hara (0-4, one free), Ellie Collumb (1-0); Leah Donnelly (0-2), Orla Noonan, Leanna Kane (0-2); Emma Davis (1-2), Catriona O’Hara.
Subs:- Diane O’Hara for C O’Hara (46 mins); Anne Marie McKeon for L Donnelly (49 mins); Sarah Murphy (59 mins).
Referee: John Hughes (Killoe Young Emmets).