The Rhode Ladies Footballers edged out their neighbours and great rivals Edenderry in a thrilling game in the Offaly Ladies Senior Football Championship last weekend.
Offaly Ladies Senior Football Championship
This was a cracking game to watch and it was hell for leather from the start. Edenderry took an early lead with points from Claire Connolly, Kym Furey and Emma Murphy. Edenderry’s player of the match Kym Furey slotted three goals past the Rhode keeper Oonagh Mulligan.
But Rhode reeled them back in with Captain Niamh Malone playing at her best along with Orlaigh Heavey, Niamh Mooney and Amy Kerrigan. The half time scoreline read Edenderry 3-4 Rhode 1-9.
Rhode picked it up early in the second half with a well taken goal from Orlaigh Heavey. Rhode played some lovely football in this half. Hannah McMahon, Niamh Mooney and Katie Killeen really stepping up their game and are defintely three girls to watch in the future.
Further scores from Therese Hickey and Niamh Malone left a four point gap between the sides but once again Kym Furey brought the girls in Red and White back to within a point.
Like Rhode, Edenderry have some very talented young players. Emma Brady, Ciara Brady and Claire Connolly have a flair for the game. Offaly Ladies football is raising the bar in Leinster and when you see these young girls coming along you feel that we will be there at the top for a long time to come.
The final outcome was a one point win for the Rhode girls winning on a 3-12 to 3-11 scoreline. A word of thanks is extended to Edenderry Gaa for the use of their fine facilities.
Scorers; Rhode: Orlaigh Heavey 1-3, Katie Killeen 0-1, Martina Russell 0-1, Niamh Mooney 0-1, Niamh Malone 1-3, Therese Hickey 1-3. Edenderry: Ciara O’ Connor 0-1, Christine McDonnell 0-1, Emma Murphy 0-2, Claire Connolly 0-1, Kym Furey 3-6.
Rhode: Oonagh Mulligan, Emma Scally, Hannah McMahon Evelynn Russell, Aoife Byrne, Emma Dalton, Ester Harney, Amy Kerrigan, Orlaigh Heavey, Katie Killeen Martina Russell, Niamh Mooney, Cliona Molloy, Niamh Malone, Therese Hickey, Colleen Molloy, Leanne Galvin.
Edenderry: Aoife O’ Niell, Danielle Kavanagh, Emma Brady, Aishling O’ Connor, Niamh O’ Connor, Shannon Farrell, Ciara Brady, Ciara O’ Connor, Christine McDonnell, Emma Murphy, Claire Connolly, Becca Gorman, Shauna Ward, Kym Furey, Dee Evans, Sandra Blong for Becca Gorman, Grainne Vaugh for Shannon Farrell, Tina McNamee Orla Kelly(inj).
Results:Junior Champiomship: Tullamore 1-5 Niamh Ciaran 3-5
U-12 Championship: Rhode 1-5 St Manchan’s 2-6.