Bantry Blues

Founded 1887

Co. Cork

U13s put in very strong performance in West Cork Final , but not to be on the night

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Our u13 ladies travelled to Church Cross yesterday evening to play Caheragh in the West Cork final.
Having met each other earlier in the campaign both teams knew each other well and produced a great game of football on the night.
Caheragh registered the first score of the game with a point on nine minutes and followed up with a goal in the twelfth minute.Bantry had a few goal chances but couldn't convert before they finally opened their account in the seventeenth minute with a Sophie o Donnell pointed free.Bantry were now winning good ball in the middle of the field and delivering fast ball into the forwards and were rewarded when Emily o Neill scored a great goal in the twenty fourth minute.She followed up with a point on twenty eighth minutes but Caheragh closed out the scoring for the first half with a point on thirty minutes to leave Bantry trailing 2.3 to 1.2 at the break.
Caheragh now playing with the breeze started the second half strongly and scored 2.4 without reply in the opening eleven minutes,despite the efforts of Caragh McCarthy,Polina Popenko and Alex Manning in the Bantry defence,to leave the girls in blue facing an uphill battle.To their credit Bantry kept fighting with two pointed frees from Sophie o Donnell and when they were awarded a penalty on twenty minutes Sophie o Donnell again converted to give them a lifeline.Caheragh were now attacking relentlessly and again goaled in the twenty third minute which they followed up with a point to again stretch their lead.Bantry however were not going away and Kacey Cotter scored a fine goal on twenty nine minutes.Goalkeeper  Layla Rose Kingston Fitzgerald pulled off a stunning save in the thirtieth minute to deny Caheragh another goal and in the thirty first minute Bantry were awarded a free just outside the square which Sophie o Donnell rocketed to the back of the Caheragh net.
Time was not on Bantry's side however and seconds later the referee blew the full time whistle to end the game with Caheragh winning on a scoreline of 6.8 to 4.4.
Well done to each and everyone of the girls who put in a massive effort and can be very proud of themselves on a great game of football.
Scorers for Bantry 
Sophie o Donnell 2.3(1 pen 4f)
Emily o Neill 1.1
Kacey Cotter 1.0


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