Wexford and District Womens and Schoolgirls League 28-09-2014
By Peter Doyle
Under Ten Premier Division
Title holders Curracloe kicked off their campaign with a 9-3 win over newly promoted Moyne Rangers on Saturday morning. Rebecca Fanning scored 4 for the home side with Caoimhe Whelan adding a hat trick while Clara O Leary scored 2. Leah Shannon and Erin Carley (2) were on target for Rangers. Ballindaggin opened their season with a 5-2 win away to Courtown Hibs with Sasha Greene and Mia Davy on target for the home side while Niamh Doyle (3) and Cerys Fortune (2) were on target for the visitors
Under Ten North
Gorey Rangers travelled to Tombrack and overcame a young home side 6-1 with Megan Harris on target for the home side while Hannah Redmond (5) and Lucia Kavanagh scored for Rangers. Bunclody and Cloughbawn played out a nine goal thriller before the Clonroche girls came out on top 5-4. Jade and Jenna Conroy scored two goals each for Bunclody while the impressive Mary Kaylan scored all five for the visitors. St Cormacs made the short journey to St Josephs and came away 5-0 winners thanks to goals from Katlyn Redmond, Michaela Milling (2), Brona Kenny and Emerson Doran.
Under Ten East
The top game in this division saw Wexford Youths and Taghmon United play out an exciting 1-1 draw in Ferrycarrig. Taghmon took the lead through Hannah Kehoe but Allanah Lambert levelled for Youths with both goals coming in the second half. Rosslare Rangers proved too strong for Bridge Rovers and ran out comfortable 7-0 winners thanks to goals from Bobbie Culleton (3), Tegan Fortune (3) and Amelia Rees. All Blacks travelled to new club Rosslare Strand and came away with all three points courtesy of goals from Aoibheann Rankin (3) and Tara Cullen in a 4-0 win.
Under Ten South West
Adamstown opened their season with a 6-0 win away to St Leonards with Karolina Jaglarz and Megan Martin scoring a hat trick each for the impressive winners. New Ross Town and Corach Ramblers produced a tight encounter before Town came out on top 2-1. Sarah Scallon was on target for Ramblers but two goals from debut girl Ella Nolan gave New Ross all three points
Under Fourteen Premier Division
Two of the divisional favourites kicked off their season with comfortable wins against young opposition. Goals from Brid Madigan (4), Anais Curran, Laura Butler (2), Emma Clarke, Ulrika Dreelan and Tara Doyle saw Cloughbawn come away from Bunclody 10-0 victors. Curracloe proved far too strong for a brave young Moyne side and ran out comprehensive winners with goals from Chloe Murphy, Leah Scallan, Amy Whelan, Gemma Corrigan, Ailish Neville, Naomi Murphy, Catriona Kinsella, Amy Fortune, Florence Healy, Lauren Doyle and Nicole Kenny
Under Fourteen Division One
North End began their season with a win when they travelled to St Josephs and came away 6-1 winners thanks to goals from Chelsey Pitman (4) and Michelle Carthy (2) while Amy Mitten was on target for the home side. Goals from Elena Kenny and Kate Foley gave Campile United a 2-0 win over near neighbours Seaview while St Leonards overcame New Ross Town 3-2 in a very close battle. Eimear Gabbett, Fiona Ryan and Jessica Ryan were all on target for the winners with Lauren Rossiter and Jenny Canning on target for Town.
Under Fourteen Division Two
Wexford Celtic and Wexford Youths both enjoyed big wins away from home as Celtic beat a young Shelburne side 10-0 while Youths overcame Camolin Celtic 7-0. Sarah Siggins (5), Ruth Hendrick (3) and Eva Donohoe (2) were all on target for Celtic with Jade Power (3) and Grace Roche (4) the scorers for Youths
Under Eighteen League
The big match at this age group saw title holders Killenagh Wanderers overcome previous years winners Cloughbawn 2-0 and already it is obvious that these two will be among the main contenders for the title this season. A goal from Caoimhe Roche and an own goal gave Killenagh all three points in a closely contested encounter. The other favourites to challenge for the title are Curracloe and they had little trouble overcoming near neighbours Bridge Rovers. Goals from Derbhla Doyle (3), Lauren Fitzgerald (2), Siobhan Doolan (2) and one each from Roisin Doolan, Natasha Byrne and Rianna Cullen saw them run out 10-0 winners. St Josephs travelled to Tombrack and eventually broke down the young home side to take all three points in a 3-0 win courtesy of goals from Diane Kehoe (2) and Pamela Walsh
Leinster Under Twelve Cup First Round
St Itas FC 3 Cloughbawn 3 aet (Cloughbawn won 4-3 on pens)
Cloughbawn made the long journey to Portrane, Co Dublin to take on local club St Itas in the first round of the Under Twelve Leinster Cup and after a mighty battle, they emerged as victors on penalties after a 3-3 draw. Playing nine a side for the first time, the Clonroche side produced some top class football with Chloe O Neill scoring two and under ten Mary Kaylan rounded off a great weekend when also finding the net. With the game going to penalties, the young Cloughbawn side held their nerve to advance to the second round
Leinster Womens Cup First Round
TEK United 7 Bunclody AFC 0
This was a big step up for the young Bunclody side but despite going down 7-0 in the end, they improved as the game progressed and will have gained a lot from the experience. TEK raced into an early lead but as Bunclody got to grips with the game, they held their more experienced hosts at bay and put in a much improved second half display. They will now go into the Shield competition and will be prepared for what the opposition will throw at them on their next outing
Womens Premier Division
Benfica 0 Seaview United 2
Seaview will be delighted with their start to the season as they made history by winning their opening game of the season for the first time in four years. They were good value for their victory as they overcame the home side with a goal in each half from Brid Kehoe and Seaview will be a side that will cause many teams problems this season
Womens Division One
Castledockrell United 2 Cloughbawn AFC 4
The home side fell to their first defeat in the league in over two years when going down 4-2 to a Cloughbawn side eager to put last weeks opening day defeat behind them. Evelyn Morris and Ellen Kelly were on target for Castledockrell but goals from Amy Banville (2), Aoife Devereux and Emer Mernagh gave the visitors the three points
Womens Division Two A
St Leonards 4 Courtown Hibs 0
The home side look as if they will give this division a run as they picked up their second win of the season with a 4-0 win over Courtown Hibs. Two goals from Ciara Ryan and one each from Niamh Foran and Claire Whelan gave St Leonards the points to put them top of the table at this early stage.
Womens Division Two B
Moyne Rangers 4 Rosslare Strand 2
Shannon O Brien scored both goals for Strand in this match but Moyne look very strong and are showing to be early favourites as their experienced side ran out 4-2 winners. Former Cloughbawn players Siobhan Grant Moorehead and Nicola Davitt both scored twice to open their league campaign with a win
In an age of win at all costs with players diving, looking for opponents to be sent off, etc, St
Leonards Claire Whelan deserves a mention for preventing the Courtown Hibs goalkeeper from unfairly dismissed in their match on Sunday. As Claire bore down on Hibs goal, she flicked the ball over the advancing keeper who stopped the ball outside the area with her hands, in the opinion of referee Pat Sinnott, and he was left with no option to issue a red card. However Claire approached the ref and explained the ball had actually hit the keeper in the face and had not handled it so did not deserve to be dismissed. Common sense prevailed and the goalie remained on the pitch and great credit must go to Claire for her sense of fair play, a rare element in the game at any level.
Fixtures are posted on www.wexfordwomenssoccer.com