Bantry Blues

Founded 1887

Co. Cork

U13 Ladies despite slow start put in a strong finish to qualify for West Cork Final

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Our u13B ladies travelled to Rosscarbery on Wednesday evening for their play off game to decide who would face Caheragh in this year's West Cork final.All three teams finished level on points after the round robin series and Bantry and Rosscarbery were drawn to play off against each other with Caheragh going straight into the final.
Rosscarbery playing with the aid of a good breeze started this game strongly and scored a goal in the fifth minute.They followed up with two points in the eight and ninth minutes and when they goaled again in the fourteenth minute the girls in blue had it all to do.
Bantry had two good goal chances but failed to convert and when Rosscarbery scored another point in the sixteenth minute Bantry were nine points in arrears and facing an uphill battle.
Bantry were working their socks  off with goalkeeper Layla Rose Kingston Fitzgerald making a string of fine saves to keep them in the game.Bantry's defence was under serious pressure but they stuck to their task well with Anna o Connor,  Caragh McCarthy and Alex Manning putting in some great work.Midfielders Kacey Cotter and Emma Harrington were now getting into the game more and were delivering good ball into the forwards where Anna Russell,Emily o Neill and Callie o Donoghue were winning some great ball.
A lovely point from Callie o Donoghue on twenty one minutes finally opened Bantry's account and a great goal from Emily o Neill in the twenty fourth minute saw the girls in blue slowly get a foothold in the game.A fine point from the hard working Annie Calnan on twenty eighth minutes followed by another goal from Emily o Neill saw Bantry firmly back in contention and left them trailing by two points at half time on a scoreline of 2.4 to 2.2.
Bantry now had the breeze at their backs for the second half but again it was Rosscarbery who started strongly with a goal in the first minute.Bantry however were showing great determination and a rocket of a goal from Emma Harrington on three minutes gave them the momentum they needed.A point from Sophie o Donnell in the eight minute and a Callie o Donoghue goal on nine minutes saw Bantry take the lead for the first time in the game and they were starting to play some great football.Further points from Emma Harrington and Sophie o Donnell and goals from Emily o Neill and Callie o Donoghue saw them in control for the rest of the half and with fresh legs coming in off the bench they were able to close the game out and ran out winners on a scoreline of 6.7 to 4.6.
This was a fantastic performance from all the girls and they now go on to face Caheragh in the West Cork final next Wednesday evening 29th at 7pm in Church Cross.

Bantry Blues U13s Sponsored by Bantry Bath & Tile 

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