AXA Insurance Senior League Div 1 (from Kerry Ladies Gaelic Football)
Southern Gaels: 3-13
Laune Rangers: 1-02
Southern Gaels league form continued as they recorded their second win in a row at O' Connor Park Valentia against visitors Laune Rangers in Division 1 of the AXA Insurance Senior County league.
The games first effort went to Southern Gaels Lorraine Casey which saw the Rangers goalie Susan Joy bring off a point blank save from a great shot. Minutes later Mary Cronin then opened the scoring for Southern Gaels, who were playing with a strong wind, following a fine pass from Bernie Cronin. Unfortunately for the Laune Rangers goalie the next score came from a high dropping ball from Leanne Curran that dipped in the top corner. Southern Gaels were on top at mid field with great performances by Linda Cronin and Anna Galvin. Laune Rangers took a while to settle as Sabrina Sheehan and Anna Marie O’Donoghue helped them go forward and tried to break the Gaels solid defence, but scores were at a premium as the Gaels defence worked every ball out of danger. Rangers Muireann O’Shea was unlucky not to convert a few frees early on, but they were playing against a very stiff wind. Further scores from Leanne Curran, Sarah O Connor, Bernie Cronin and Lorraine Casey saw Southern Gaels go in at half time with a lead of 2-06 to 0-01.
The restart saw Laune Rangers fight back with a great goal by Meadbh Johnston but having to play without their five Kerry players and two of their regular starting fifteen made it too much of an uphill struggle. A further point by Anna Maria O’Donoghue finished Laune Rangers scoring. Southern Gaels with fine performances from the Cronin sisters, Leanne Curran, Cecilia O’Sullivan and Lorraine Casey as well as Amy Fitzgerald put the game beyond the reach of Rangers. With the Southerners finished the stronger and winning on a scoreline of 3 13 to 1 02.
Southern Gaels: Catriona Morris (0.1), Sarah Kelly, Cecilia O Sullivan, Deirdre Fenton, Amy Fitzgerald (0.1), Paula O Sullivan, Linda Cronin (0.1) Anna Galvin, Lorraine Casey(1.1), Bernie Cronin (0.2), Leanne Curran(1.1), Mary Cronin (0.3), Sarah O Connor (1.1) Subs: Roisin Kissane, Michelle Clifford, Jenny Mahony, Sinead Curran, Meabh Daly, Lisa O' Sullivan (0.1), Jennifer Murphy.
Laune Rangers: Susan Joy, Hazel Poff, Lisa Dennehy, Grainne Sears, Rachel Coleman Horgan, Maura O’Sullivan, Johanna O’Callaghan, Sabrina Sheehan, Norina O’Callaghan, Anna Maria O’Donoghue, Mary Ann Doherty, Muireann O’Shea, Meabh Johnston, Subs: Emma Cronin, Aoife Johnston, Klara O’Sullivan. Ref: Paul O’Sullivan.