Divison 1 HEC ladies football league IT Carlow 3-7 Maynooth University 4-11
The battle of IT Carlow and Maynooth Universty in the HEC Ladies football has always been a exciting encounter, Last year when these sides met Maynooth came out winners in the Division 4 final which a number of Maynooth girls have progressed to Division 1 status for the 2015/16 campaign. In the opening minute Grace Clifford and Jean Miley had exchanged points, Clifford finding her second seconds later cutting straight through the middle of the Maynooth defence. Mickaela McKenna scored the first of the seven goals of this high scoring encounter by taking and receiving the hand pass from Jean Miley before shaking the IT Carlow net. Carlow then had their second goal chance of the game when a misjudgement of play left Katie White alone in front of the goals but she found Sarah McQuirk to pop the ball over the black spot. A super Rebecca McQuire save held off Maynooth preserving their five point lead mid-way through the first half. Two points from Hannah Landers, one from a placed ball and one from an Ellen Kelly pass kept Maynooth in touching distance as Orlagh Heavey and Roisin Byrne were also working hard to keep their side ticking over.
The first of the two IT Carlow goals came from Kildare native Grace Clifford, who deceived Maynooth’s number one Ciara Trant when she found the top corner from distance. Jen Baker was then on hand to extend IT Carlow’s lead after her shot rolled by the Maynooth keeper. Three points in quick succession before the break from Aoife Duffy and two from Roisin Byrne made it two points between the sides at the break. (IT Carlow 2-5 Maynooth 1-6)
Both sides returned to the pitch for the second half with only goal on their minds. Full forward lines were quick off the mark to start the second half kicking four goals between them. Jen Baker kicked her second of the game in the opening minutes of the restart with Roisin Byrne coming to form kicking 2-1 with substitute Amber Barrett also finding the Carlow net. The Institute of Technology’s Rebecca Carr popped over one last point for her side but three points from Ciara McGuigan, Roisin Byrne and Amber Barrett ensured a Maynooth win against IT Carlow in the IT Carlow grounds last Thursday night.