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History Made By Cappagh Ladies

Monday 17.06.2024
Team Talk Mag
Club


 

History was created in Pairc Colmcille on Sunday when Cappagh Ladies U14s secured the club’s first ever Grade 1 title.

Played in front of a large crowd this was the fourth meeting between these two teams this season. Going into the game it was very much a case of honours even as the previous three meetings had seen a win for each team and a draw.

Cappagh won the toss and elected to play with the wind. They dominated the early exchanges but couldn’t trouble the scoreboard. A turnover forced by the Kildress defence saw the ball end up in the back of the Cappagh net for the opening score.   This was soon followed by a point to extend the Kildress lead to four points but this however was to be their last score of the half.

The Cappagh girls on the other hand were showing signs of nerves and couldn’t get the scores that their early dominance perhaps deserved.  The first Cappagh score did eventually arrive courtesy of a free. The Cappagh girls continued to have the better of the exchanges and as the half time whistle sounded the girls in blue had managed to put three more points on the score board to leave the game level.

Cappagh 0.04 – 1.01 Kildress (half time score)

The second half started very much like the first. Cappagh had the first two attacks but failed to add to their four point tally. Another swift counter attack from Kildress resulted in another goal and very soon after their lead was extended to six points when they converted a penalty awarded after a foul.

With less than four minutes of the second half played the Cappagh girls were up against it, six points down and playing into the wind it was going to take a mammoth effort to turn the game around.

Surprisingly the Kildress penalty was to be their last score of the game. Credit though to the Cappagh girls who didn’t panic and managed to reduce the deficit to two points as the game entered the final stages. They managed to create further scoring chances which would have levelled the game but profligacy in front of goal saw them go a begging.

With time running out it seemed the trophy was destined to return to Gortacladdy. A Hail Mary ball into a crowded Kildress defence was caught by Cappagh’s Amy Corcoran who turned and fired the ball to the Kildress net for the most dramatic of finishes.  The final whistle went soon after and a first Grade 1 title was secured by the Cappagh girls.

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