Rhode on top after extra-time in high scoring final

Damian Moran

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Damian Moran

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Rhode claimed the Offaly Ladies Football Division 1 League title at the weekend after edging out Naomh Molaoise after a high scoring final in Ballyfore.

Rhode claimed the Offaly Ladies Football Division 1 League title at the weekend after edging out Naomh Molaoise after a high scoring final in Ballyfore.

Offaly Ladies Football Division 1 League Final

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Rhode 2-20

Naomh Molaoise 3-11 (aet)

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This was an excellent game with the newly formed club of Naomh Molaoise, formally St, Vincent’s and Killeigh playing in their first Senior Final after winning promotion from Junior level to Senior level in 2012. Rhode have been playing at Senior level for many years and along the way have notched up a number of titles.

Naomh Molaoise started the scoring with a fantastic run from their young midfielder Aoife Norris who rattled the Rhode net. Three unanswered points from Rhode’s Niamh Mooney left the sides level after ten minutes.

Rhode’s Captain Niamh Malone put three points between the sides again with a well taken goal after a fine passage of play from the Rhode girls. Naomh Molaoise got a point from a free from Emma Cuddy but scores from Rhode’s Orlaigh Heavey and Therese Hickey left Rhode winning on a 1-6 to 1-1 scoreline at half time.

It was hell for leather in the second half with all thirty girls on the pitch playing some exceptional football and it was score for score as Naomh Molaoise reeled in Rhode.

A goal from Tara Roe in the Naomh Molaoise forward line lit a spark that went through their whole team. Scores from Brenda Betson, Laureen Keenan, Aoife Norris and Sarah O’ Rourke gave the Naomh Molaoise girls a two point led with only minutes remaining on the clock.

Naomh Molaoise defended with all of their might but in doing so gave away two soft frees within kicking range for Rhode’s Therese Hickey and it was all level again as referee Chris Dwyer blew the final whistle with the score at Rhode 1-13 Naomh Molaoise 2-10. Naomh Molaoise finished the sixty minutes with fourteen players after full back Catherine Bennett was sin binned.

Thirty minutes of extra time were to be played and Naomh Molaoise started the scoring with Emma Cuddy rattling the Rhode net from a free. However soon after a point from Tara Roe was Naomh Molaoise’s last score of the game.

It was not to be Naomh Molaoise’s day as they conceded a penalty which was converted. Rhode upped their game at this point and came away with a win on a 2-20 to 3-11 win

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Rhode: Leanne Galvin, Emma Scally, Hannah McMahon, Esther Harney, Aoife Byrne, Emma Dalton, Katie Killeen, Orlaigh Heavey, Amy Kerrigan, Niamh Malone(cap), Oonagh Mulligan, Naonh Mooney, Aishling Byrne, Therese Hickey, Cliodha Molloy, Laureen Dunne, Emma Kerrigan. Scorers; Orlaigh Heavey 0-2, Niamh Malone 1-01, Niamh Mooney 0-04, Aishling Byrne 0-01, Therese Hickey 1-10 (p-frees). Cliodha Molloy.

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Naomh Molaoise Team and Panel. Niamh Harte, Shauna Cuskelly, Catherine Bennett, Paula Harte, Noelle Cocoman, Orla Brennan(cap), Chrissie Cocoman, Aoife Norris, Emma Cuddy, Shauna O’ Meara, Laureen Keenan, Benda Betson, Tara Roe, Roisin Keenan, Sarah O’ Rourke, Kate Tynan, Sorcha Comer, Rachel Jordan, Rachel Murphy, Evelyn Brown. Scorers; Aoife Norris 1-2, Emma Cuddy 1-3, Tara Roe 1-1, Brenda Betson 0-3, Laureen Keenan 0-1 Sarah O’ Rourke 0-1.