Adult League, Division 1 – Sunday 26th April 2015
Simonstown Ladies 8-10
Navan O’Mahonys 1-11
Simonstown Ladies came away from this local derby in Brews Hill on Sunday evening with a comprehensive win over their neighbours.
Simonstown were on the scoreboard within two minutes when Kelly Harris converted a free. Eleanor Lane followed with a fine point before O’Mahonys responded with a point of their own. After further scores from Lane and Naoise de Graaff O’Mahonys were awarded a penalty but keeper Nicole Byrne maintained her excellent record from penalties when making another fine save. Four consecutive points, three from frees, saw O’Mahonys narrow the gap to one but it was Simonstown who took control for the second quarter. With Lane making great use of possession and Rachel Gardiner working tirelessly, Kelsey Nesbitt and de Graaff both found the net. Regina Hand was next on the score sheet with a point from good link up play. Niamh Sheridan, Aisling Cassidy and Katie Bellew marshalled the defence and O’Mahonys could only convert one more free before de Graaff, at the end of a good passing move, finished with a low shot to the net to leave Simonstown with a 12 point margin at the interval.
Half Time: Simonstown Ladies 4-06 O’Mahonys 0-06
On the restart Simonstown Ladies extended their lead when Lane buried the ball in the back of the net. O’Mahonys answered with a point before midfielder Niamh Lister claimed a point of her own. O’Mahonys kept the scoreboard ticking over with another free and a goal from a sweeping move down the pitch. Simonstown Ladies were then reduced to fourteen when Niamh Murray was sin binned. With Aisling Sheridan and Karen Foran strong in defence the final quarter was all Simonstown. Although O’Mahonys clocked up four more points the result was never in doubt with Simonstown widening the gap with further scores coming from Lane, Nesbitt, Hand and de Graaff.
Full time: Simonstown Ladies 8.10 Navan O’Mahonys 1.11
Simonstown Ladies: Nicole Byrne, Karen Foran, Niamh Sheridan, Niamh Murray, Aisling Cassidy, Katie Bellew, Aisling Sheridan, Eve Wardick, Niamh Lister (0.01), Kelly Harris (0.01 F), Regina Hand (0.02), Rachel Gardiner, Naoise de Graaff (4.01), Kelsey Nesbitt (3.01), Eleanor Lane (1.04)
Subs: Rachael Flynn for Eve Wardick; Jane Smyth for Karen Foran; Pauline Flanagan for Kelly Harris; Shana Lister for Katie Bellew, Niamh Cassidy for Rachel Gardiner