Ladies Junior Football Championship Semi Final 23rd July 2008
Ballyboden Wanderers 4-10 V Clontarf 1-3
While the record books will record a Ballyboden win and the scoreboard suggests an easy one at that this does not do justice to the effort put in by a depleted Clontarf junior team last night in far away Frank Kelly Park. These Clontarf ladies gave of their all throughout the hour and were it not for some wayward shooting and some bad luck before half time the result would have been a lot closer.
Clontrarf were the first to attack after the start and were unlucky to see a long range effort from Ruth McGinn coming through from mid-field come back off the cross bar. Other pressure also failed to yield a score. Wanderers broke the deadlock with a point followed by a goal after Iseult Cremen had an attempted clearance blocked close to goal. More Clontarf pressure paid off after Trish Reynolds was upended in the penalty area. The resultant penalty was taken by Ciara Carville who saw her shot deflected over the cross bar for Clontarf's opening score. Wanderers responded with a point. More Clontarf pressure resulted in a 45. Ciara Carville drove the 45 deep into the Wanderers danger area where Miriam Foley fielded, beat two defenders and goaled. Another goal should have come from a cross from the right by Catherine Duane which Julie Warnock connected with only to see her effort saved. With five minutes to half time the difference was down to the minimum and the girls had performed very well in all sectors. At this stage luck smiled on Wanderers and in the time before the whistle for the break they hit the Clontarf net three times to leave them leading at half time by 4-2 to 1-1. This was an unfair reflection of the balance of play and could have lead to a complete collapse.
Wanderers halt time lead was to proven insurmountable and despite long periods of second half pressure the Clontarf ladies could only raise two white flags through a Fiona McGinn free and Ciara Carville from play. Against this Wanderers were able to post eight points albeit quite a few of these came in the latter stages of the game.
While Clontarf came away defeated the girls never stopped working throughout the game and played excellent football for long stages but were not able to make this tell on the scoreboard. Nothing was left on the field on the night and with a little luck and better concentration especially at the end of the first half who knows what might have been.
There is a short break now but we will be back to finish the league and cup at the end of August.