Kildare Div 2 League Winners 2012
Castlemitchell 2 – 10 v Carbury 0 – 06
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Castlemitchell Ladies travelled to the Centre of Excellence in Hawkfield to take on Carbury in a very entertaining Division 2 League final.
Having beaten Naas by six points to one the previous week in the league semi final, Castlemitchell, however, did not come into this match over confident as Carbury had beaten them in a previous round of the league.
Nicola Lawless got Castlemitchell off to a good start with a well taken point after 2 minutes but Carbury then increased the pressure and had good points from Kelly Aungier, Karen Cummins and Joanne McLoughlin. These points were closely followed by what could have been the games first goal, again at the hands of Cummins, prevented only by excellent work by Laura Fennelly. Carbury battled hard but failed to convert scores from a lot of possession they had.
The Castlemitchell backs were outstanding; Elaine Fennelly, Laoise Langton, Laura Pender and Deirdre Harris had fine performances, making Carbury forwards shoot from impossible angles at times. Aoife May and Steffi Fennelly won some great ball in midfield and this led to a goal and two points from Mary Lawless. Both teams lost a player each due to a yellow card before the break. Carbury finished the half with a second point from Karen Cummins. Half time score Castlemitchell 1 -03 Carbury 0 -04.
Castlemitchell were not going to let this final pass easily and battled hard for possession. Carol Redmond and Ruth Kasier covered every blade of grass in Hawkfield. Aisling Hyland scored two super points to double the scores. Aisling was on hand again to supply a long ball to Mary Lawless who blasted pass Hannah Gilligan in the Carbury goal. Jamie Curtis and Emma Foley’s great tackles on Carbury forwards were rewarded with two more Lawless points.
Catherine O’Malley finished off a good move for Carbury with a point. Fouls on Lynsey Donovan in the Castlemitchell forward line ensured two easy points from frees for Mary Lawless. This brought Mary's total for the league to 12 goals and 60 points. Some achievement! Credit to Carbury, they never gave up and were rewarded with another Karen Cummins point.
Castlemitchell subs Claire Maher, Niamh Delahunt and Jackie Moriarty were excellent when introduced. Castlemitchell finished off the game with a great move from Carol Redmond who passed to Aoife May, who in turn found Nicola Lawless with a long pass. Nicola went on a typical run and scored a lovely point to leave the full time score Castlemitchell 2 - 10, Carbury 0 - 06.
Since they reformed in 2004, Castlemitchell Ladies have come from down the divisions to promotion to Division 1 and from Junior C to playing in the Senior Championship this year. Well done to all involved in Ladies football in Castlemitchell down the years and especially this years management and mentors : Mick Brazil, Paul McLoughlin, Damien Grourke, Cormac Mulhall & Sam Brophy.
Castlemitchell scorers: Mary Lawless 2-7, Aisling Hyland 0-2 and Nicola Lawless 0-1.
Carbury scorers: Karen Cummins 0-4, Catherine O’Malley 0-1 and Joanne McLoughlin.
Castlemitchell: 1 Laura Fennelly, 2 Deirdre Harris, 3 Elaine Fennelly, 4 Emma Foley, 5 Laura Pender, 6 Jamie Curtis, 7 Laoise Langton, 8 Aoife May, 9 Steffi Fennelly (Capt), 10 Ruth Kaiser, 11 Nicola Lawless, 12 Carol Redmond, 13 Mary Lawless, 14 Lindsey Donovan, 15 Aisling Hyland, 17 Claire Maher, 18 Jaqui Moriarty, 19 Niamh Delahunt, 20 Gráinne Fennin, 21 Audrey Byrne, 22 Rhona Mulhall.
Referee: Shaun Dwane.
Ladies Senior League Div 2 Round 7
Carbury 1-06 v Castlemitchell 3-06
A solid team performance ensured a victory to Castlemitchell Ladies away to an unbeaten Carbury side in the 7th round of Division 2 Senior league. Castlemitchells good start with points each from Mary Lawless and Laura Pender was short lived with a point from E. Kells and a goal from Karen Cummins. Both teams had good possession but were unable to produce scores because of good defending on both teams. However, Nicola Lawless was able to place Laura Pender with a accurate 30 meter pass which Laura blasted into Carburys net. Karen Cummins levelled the game with a free and was denied a goal by Laura Fennelly. Half time score 1-02 each.
The first 15 minutes of the second half Castlemitchell totally dominated when Aoife May was fouled and Mary Lawless converted the penalty. This was followed by an excellent block down by Jamie Curtis which gave Carol Redmond the opportunity to find Linsey Donovan in a position to beat the Carbury goal keeper. This put Castlemitchell 2 goals clear. Steffi Fennelly and Nicola Lawless were on top form in the middle of the pitch for Castlemitchell which led to Mary Lawless tagging on 3 more excellent points. Karen Cummins kept Carbury in the game with 4 well taken points from frees. Laura Pender finished the scoring with a point after great link play with Clare Maher which left the final score Castlemitchell 3-06 to Carbury 1-06.
Ladies Senior League Div 2 Round 6
Castlemitchell 5-09 v Sarsfields 0-8
Castlemitchell played host to Sarsfields in Round 6 of the League on 15th May 2012.
Sarsfields Roisin Dempsey opened the score with a point against a very strong wind after 5 minutes. Jackie Moriarty was available to take a rebound off the crossbar and buried it in the back of Sarsfields net. Great play from Castlemitchell kept the ball in Sarsfields half of the pitch for the next fifteen minutes which lead to scores from Aisling Hyland from the sideline Mary Lawless and Linsey Donovan. Sarsfields were more accurate and on target for the remainder of the half with scores from Sadbh McDonnell Roisin Byrne and Clionadh Ni Ghogain. Good defending from Elaine Fennelly, Deirdre Harris Emma Foley and Louise Fennell helped keep the halftime score Castlemitchell 1-4 Sarsfields 0-7
Castlemitchell started the better in the second half playing simple and effective football and it wasn't long before Audrey Byrne found the net with the score of the match. Castlemitchell dominated the scoring with Aisling Hyland Carol Redmond and Nicola Lawless supplying great ball resulting in points from Mary Lawless Louise Fennell and Carol Redmond. A foul on Linsey Donovan gave Mary Lawless a chance to score Castlemitchells third goal from the penalty spot which she duly did. Laura Fennelly's goal keeping and Jamie Curtis, Nicola Lawless and Laura Pender stopping the supply to the Sarsfields forwards kept the visitors to a point midway through the half. Linsey Donovan was on hand for Castlemitchell to catch a high ball from Mary Lawless which she ploughed passed Anne Dempsey. The net was still rattling when Linsey repeated this minutes later when she received a lovely pass from Louise Fennell. Steffi Fennelly finished off a good evening for Castlemitchell with a solo run from far out which resulted in a point. Final score Castlemitchell 5-09 to Sarsfields 0-8. Scorers: Linsey Donovan 2-01 Jackie Moriarty 1-0 Mary Lawless 1-04 Audrey Byrne 1-0 Louise Fennell Carol Redmond Aisling Hyland 0-01 each and Steffi Fennelly 0-01.
Ladies Senior League Div 2 Round 4
01/05/2012 -Castlemitchell 2-09 v Maynooth 1-11
Castlemitchell Ladies were victors by a point in a very sporting league match against Maynooth in Castlemitchell on Tuesday 1st may 2012.
Orlaith Kirwan got the visitors off to a good start with a goal and 2 points. Nicola Lawless and Mary Lawless (3pts) restored parity after 16 minutes which settled the Castlemitchell side. However, Maynooth soon added 4 more points within 5 minutes and had the home team under pressure.
Great fielding by Aisling Hyland found Lindsey Donovan on the edge of the box who gave the Maynooth keeper Aibhinn Conway no chance. This left the half time score Castlemitchell 1-04, Maynooth 1-05.
It took Lindsey just 30 seconds to find the net after the resumption. Mary Lawless extended the lead with another two points. Maynooth upped a gear and were rewarded with points from Michelle Carey and Orlaith Kirwan. Castlemitchell’s Laura Pender, Laoise Langton, Steffi Fennelly and Jamie Curtis were outstanding in the backs and Lawless extended the lead with two frees. Katie Donnellan playing well in centre field was on target with two of her own points for Maynooth. Lawless was at the end of an excellent pass from Aoife May to score Castlemitchell last point of the half. Despite two good points from Michelle Carey Castlemitchell held out for a well deserved victory.
Fulltime score: Castlemitchell 2-09, Maynooth 1-11
Referee: Fran Bolger
Ladies Senior League Div 2 Round 3
24/04/2012 -Castlemitchell 4-7 v Ballykelly 3-6
A great second half performance secured Castlemitchell Ladies their first 2 points in the Division 2 league against Ballykelly on Tuesday 24th April. Ballykelly were 2-1 up before Mary Lawless scored to put Castlemitchell on the board. A foul on Aoife May gave Mary Lawless an opportunity to score from the penalty sport but Ballykelly were quick to respond with a goal and a point. Castlemitchell finished the half strongly with points from Mary and Nicola Lawless. With minutes left Aisling Hyland gave a great pass to Mary Lawless which she duly stuck in the back of the Ballykelly net. Half time score Castlemitchell 2-3 Ballykelly 3-3.
Ballykelly stretched their lead by another 3 points then Aoife May got a point which signalled a great comeback by the home team. With great defending from Jamie Curtis Steffi Fennelly and Louise Fennell Castlemitchell worked hard and were rewarded when Nicola Lawless found the net. Mary Lawless levelled for Castlemitchell with 2 frees which set up a very exciting finish. With Castlemitchell's goal under pressure Laura Fennelly's keeping was superb. A goal from Laura Pender and pass by Grainne Fennin put over the bar by Mary Lawless in the last minute left the final score Castlemitchell 4-7 Ballykelly 3-6. Castlemitchell play Maynooth next at home on Tuesday the 1st May at 7.30.
Girls Under 12 Championship Fixtures announced
Division 3 - All matches at 7pm
Round Date Home v Away
One 27th April Eadestown v Castlemitchell
Two 11th May Castlemitchell v Robert Emmet’s
Three 25th May Castlemitchell v Athgarvan
Four 8th June Suncroft v Castlemitchell
Five 22nd June Athy v Castlemitchell
Ladies Senior League Div 2 Round 2
17/04/2012 - Castlemitchell 3-06 v Carbury 2-10
Castlemitchell Ladies put in a great effort against Carbury but were unfortunate to be beaten by a single point in round 2 of the Div 2 league played in Castlemitchell. This was a game of two halves as a gale force wind accompanied by rain dominated the whole match.
The home team playing with the wind, got off to a good start with 3 points from Mary Lawless. Great defending from Emma Foley found Mary Lawless who picked out Laura Pender who in turn hit the back of the Carbury net. Two good attacks by Carbury yielded a goal and a point but Castlemitchell’s Mary Lawless replied with two long range points. Aisling Hyland took a shot from 50 meters and found the net. On the stroke of half time Aisling placed Jacqui Moriarty from a 45 who scored the point of the match. This left the half time score Castlemitchell 2-06, Carbury 1-02.
It was now Carbury’s turn to up the pressure with the aid of the strong wind. Within 5 minutes Carbury were on the score board with 2 points and a fortuitous goal from a free.
Great defending by Laoise Langton, Elaine Fennelly, Audrey Byrne and Emma Foley lead to a Castlemitchell attack where Laura Pender gave a great pass to Jacqui Moriarty who scored a well taken goal.
Despite best efforts by Laura Fennelly, Jamie Curtis, and Steffi Fennelly, Carbury tagged on 5 more points leaving the match level with time almost up. However it was the visitors who got the winning point. Both teams have to be complimented on the quality of football in terrible conditions. Full time score Castlemitchell 3-06, Carbury 2-10.
Scorers for Castlemitchell: Mary Lawless 0-05, Jacqui Moriarty 1-01, Laura Pender 1-00, Aisling Hyland 1-00,
Ladies Senior League Div 1