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Championship Semi-Final v Croydon

posted 5 Oct 2014, 03:25 by Fullen Gaels   [ updated 5 Oct 2014, 03:30 ]
A repeat of the same fixture last year, this semi final saw much changes on both teams from the 2013 meeting.

After a 200 mile journey, Fullen Gaels took the field in only they're 4th game of the year and 3rd against Croydon.
The London team opened the scoring with a point by Anne Brown however minutes later Fullen Gaels opened the Croydon defence through great approach play from midfield and the full forward line resulting in a goal from Ann-Marie Hennessy. Croydon came back strong and full forward Danielle O'Sullivan scored a goal and point and then a further two points were tagged on. There were no scores for the next 10 minutes with both teams defending well. Following a tactical switch from the Fullen Gaels management, Fullen goals scored two excellent goals, both scored by the hard working Clare Commane now at full forward. Croydon picked up another point in reply and then a goal just before half time saw the sides Croydon 3.5 to Fullen Gaels' 3.1.

Commane opened the second half account for Fullen Gaels and on 35 minutes a long ball in from Áine Brislane found the back of the Croydon net to level the game. Croydon answered with a goal and and point to move back ahead. Sarah-Ann Smyth then got on the scoring sheet with a low shot which crept over the bar. Croydon again answered with a point from distance but the Fullen Gaels defence was preventing any clear opportunities with a strong display at full and centre back by Linda Coughlan and Karen O'Leary. Croydon sub Niamh Kehoe managed to scramble a ball over the line following a period of heavy pressure and repeated blocks and challenges from the Gaels defence. This goal then lifted the Fullen Gaels players and with Ciara Walsh and Aileen Gallagher constantly running directly at the Croydon defence and eventually ended up with a low ground stroke by Aileen Hallihan finding the bottom corner. 

The last ten minutes saw some brave defending from both teams trying to land more goals but both defences stood firm with some hard work by Fullen Gaels' Rose McCarthy and Ciara Daly getting in some crucial blocks and clearances. The long journey and hot September sun was now taking it's toll on the Fullen Gaels team who were unable to pick up any more scores. Croydon tagged on one final point from distance to finish the game Croydon 5.9 to Fullen Gaels 5.3.

This Fullen Gaels team displayed some excellent heart and determination in this game and can walk away with heads held high at they're performance. They will surely back with a hunger again next year to challenge for the title. 

Fullen Gaels would also like to wish stalwart camogier Ciara Walsh the best of luck on her travels and thank her for her hard work for the club over the last number of years.

Fullen Gaels
1. Mairead Ni Chonaglaigh 2. Rose Mc Carthy 3. Linda Coughlan 4. Maura Cunningham 5. Ciara Daly 6. Karen O'Leary 7. Mairead O'Sullivan 8. Ciara Walsh 9. Áine Brislane (1.0) 10. Louise Dunne 11. Clare Commane (2.1) 12. Aileen Gallagher 13. Ann-Marie Hennessy (1.0) 14. Sarah-Ann Smyth (0.1) 15. Aileen Hallihan (1.0) 16. Sinead Donoghue (replaced 7) 17. Danielle Wright (replaced 15) 18. Edel Barrett (replaced 13
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