NAOMH PADRAIG v CUALA MATCH REPORT

Naomh Padraig 3-09
Cuala 1-09

This was a very enjoyable final even if at times it was difficult to distinguish players as both sets of jerseys were similar. Playing against the wind in the first half Cuala started the more assured and had two early points on the board courtesy of wing forward Jennifer Dunne.

But Cuala were not to score again until the 23rd minute. This was due to the resolute defending of the Naomh Padraig backs, especially goalkeeper Karen Cassidy who made some vital saves.


During this period Naomh Padraig scored 1-06 without reply thus setting down the foundation for their victory. Cuala did finish the half strongly with three unanswered points of their own to leave the half time score, Naomh Padraig 1-06 and Cuala 0-05.


Naomh Padraig opened the scoring with a pointed free from Niamh Gaff. Cuala replied with points from Blaithin Lane and Sinead Murphy. Cuala were playing well, running at the Naomh Padraig defence. They had their chances and they will surely rue the many missed chances and wides during this period of play.


Two quick Whitehall goals, one from Sadhbh Duffy and the other a hand passed effort from Katie O’Brien mid-way through the half were to prove decisive.

Cuala added two points from Sinead Murphy and a goal from Hanna O’Dea but the two quick goals midway through the half was the difference between these good well-matched sides.


Scorers:

Naomh Padraig: Sadhbh Duffy 2-02, Kate O’Brien 1-03, Niamh Gaff 0-02, Cliona Ward and Caoimhe Larkin 0-01 each

Cuala: Sinead Murphy 0-03, Blaithin Lane 0-03, Hanna O’Dea 1-00, Jennifer Dunne 0-02 and Sinead Wylde 0-01

Player of the match: Karen Cassidy (Naomh Padraig)

Referee: Peter Cummins(St. Oliver Plunkett/Eoghan Ruadh)