Ladies Football Adult Cup Division One Semifinal
Ballyboden St Endas v Thomas Davis, Wednesday 16th August in Kiltipper.
After the excitement of Dublin winning the All Ireland Ladies Football final last Sunday, it was back down to earth for our county panelist Julie Vaughan as she lined out for us in our Cup semifinal fixture against Thomas Davis in Kiltipper on Wednesday.
Julie appeared as a second half substitute and showed no signs of any after effects from her celebrations scoring 2 points in a comprehensive victory against our near neighbours from Tallaght.
Boden started the game on the front foot from the word go and had the net rattled on 3 occasions inside the opening 12 minutes by Rebecca McDonald, Natalia Hyland and Hannah Murphy. Davis on the other hand struggled to make any headway against a strong Ballyboden defence and got their opening score, a point,only after 15 minutes.
Sadie Codd, Alice Rudden and Hannah Byrne were particularly prominent and stemmed many of the hosts’ attacks with great gusto.
In attack Natalia Hyland, Rebecca McDonald and Alanna McGarry were keeping the home defence honest with their constant movement and work rate.
Half time score: Ballyboden St.Endas 3.8
Thomas Davis 0.3
The Kiltipper outfit had to have a go in the second half and that they did but we were never going to give up a 14point lead even though there was maybe a 10 minute period where we were ‘under the cosh’ so to speak. We kept the scoreboard ticking over however with scores from Natalia, Rebecca, Alanna and a brace from Julie Vaughan amongst others.
8 substitutes were introduced over the course of the match which gave a number of the younger players some valuable game time. We welcomed back Aoife O’Brien who completed her first competitive match since returning from her travels abroad.
We now qualify for a Cup final v Kilmacud Crokes who we also have in the League decider with both finals taking place after the Championship.
Final score: Ballyboden St Endas 3.17
Thomas Davis 2.10
Scorers: Natalia Hyland 1.9, Rebecca McDonald 1.2, Hannah Murphy 1.0, Alanna McGarry & Julie Vaughan 0.2 each, Hannah Hyland & Kate Donaghy 0.1 each.
Many thanks to Cliona Mellett for the great photos. For more, see here
Next up 1st round of Championship, Wednesday 23rd August v Kilmacud Crokes in Pairc de Burca @ 8.00pm