Foxrock Just Too Strong And Experienced At Leinster Senior Club Championship Level For Their Opponents St Mary’s

Foxrock Cabinteely number 11 Fiona Claffey tries to break the tackle of Lisa Cully from St Mary’s Rochfortbridge during their Leinster Senior club championship game.

Foxrock Cabinteely 4-13

St Mary’s Rochfortbridge 0-07

Foxrock Cabinteely got the defence of their Leinster senior club championship title off to the perfect start with a comprehensive win over St Mary’s Rochfortbridge yesterday afternoon in Bray Emmets GAA.

The five in a row Dublin club champions experience and guile at this level proved too much for their opponents St Mary’s who battled bravely till the end but just couldn’t match Foxrock’s intensity, power and pace.

The success of Foxrock Cabinteely has been built on their ability to defend solidly, turn over ball either directly in the tackle or pressurising opposing players into coughing up possession and counter attacking at pace.

All of those attributes were to the fore yesterday afternoon, Foxrock kept a tight rein on St Mary’s who managed just seven points over the course of the game with only two of those from open play.

Laura Nearney, Aisling Murphy, Fiona Claffey and Laurie Ahern carried the ball with menace for Foxrock Cabinteely throughout, Amy Connolly played the link player too perfection and the movement of Amy Ring and Jodi Egan caused the St Mary’s defence a headache all game.

The St Mary’s Rochfortbridge lively front three of Ava Balfe, Dawn Wallace and Megan Brick were a handful with their constant movement and clever jinks, Amy Cully and Karen McDermott were others to catch the eye in a sprited display from the Westmeath outfit.

A Foxrock Cabinteely and a St Mary’s Rochfortbridge player battle for the ball during their Leinster senior club championship game.

But it wasn’t enough to stop Foxrock progressing in the competition and two goals each from Laurie Ahern and Jodi Egan made sure there would be no fairytale result for St Mary’s.

It was the Westmeath team who registered the first score of the game in the 4th minute with a converted free from Megan Brick.

Foxrock’s response was devastating with two well taken goals in as many minutes from Laurie Ahern to take control of this Leinster club championship tie.

Amy Ring tagged on another point from a free to extend Foxrock’s lead to six, two Megan Brick converted frees reduced the deficit to four as the first quarter ended.

That sparked a sustained spell of pressure from Foxrock and they reeled off 1-05 without reply. A well taken point by Amy Connolly in the 16th minute was followed two minutes later with an exquisite dipping shot from Jodi Egan that nestled in the back of the net.

Egan followed that up with a nice point as Foxrock began to disappear over the horizon. A brace of points from the impressive Fiona Claffey and one from Laurie Ahern to add to her earlier goals put twelve points between the sides.

Foxrock were dealt a blow just before the break when Niamh Collins received a yellow card and ten minutes in the sin bin. From the resultant free the ball was worked inside to Ava Balfe who cut in from the left and fisted the ball over the bar to leave the score at halftime 3-06 to 0-04.

St Mary’s needed to start the second half brightly but it was Foxrock Cabinteely who increased their lead. Aisling Murphy got the ball rolling with a point three minutes after the restart.

Two minutes later and St Mary’s had their keeper Sinéad Hanlon to thank as she deflected a goal bound effort from Fiona Claffey over the bar.

A combination of good defending and some loose passing slowed down the scores, Ava Balfe pointed for St Mary’s first score of the second period, that was quickly cancelled out with a converted free from Amy Ring.

Two Megan Brick frees and another fine point from Claffey, her fourth of the game left 12 points between the sides with nine minutes left to play.

Amy Ring added two more points to Foxrock’s ever growing total and the icing was put on this Leinster Senior club championship encounter for the Dublin side in the 56th minute, Foxrock were awarded a free and substitute Ciara Murphy wasted no time and took a quick one into Jodi Egan who buried the ball to the net.

Laurie Ahern added another point in the final minute to give Foxrock Cabinteely a well deserved 18 point win and the reigning champions move on to the next round of the Leinster Senior club championship.

Foxrock Cabinteely Scorers

Laurie Ahern 2-02

Jodi Egan 2-01

Amy Ring 0-04 (2f)

Fiona Claffey 0-04

Aisling Murphy 0-01

Amy Connolly 0-01

St Mary’s Rochfortbridge Scorers

Megan Brick 0-05 (5f)

Ava Balfe 0-02

Foxrock Cabinteely: Aisling Tarpey; Aedin Murray, Sarah Quinn, Ciara O’Riordan; Lorna Fusciardi, Niamh Collins, Emma McDonagh; Sarah O’Leary, Fiona Claffey; Laurie Ahern, Laura Nerney, Amy Connolly; Jodi Egan, Aisling Murphy, Amy Ring.

Substitutions: Katie McNally for Aisling Murphy (43); Ciara Murphy for Connolly (51); Lisa Davies for Fusciardi (54).

St. Mary’s Rochfortbridge: Sinéad Hanlon; Leah Harris, Aoife Moran, Rebecca Nolan; Lisa Cully, Karen McDermott, Fiona Coyle; Niamh McDermott, Aoife Brady; Amy Cully, Michaela Brady, Jen Whelehan; Ava Balfe, Dawn Wallace, Megan Brick.

Substitutions: Lisa Flanagan for Harris (12); Nicola Judge for Whelehan (HT); Catriona Dunne for Wallace (HT); Caroline Mitchell for M Brady (44); Kacey Geoghegan for Lisa Cully (57).

Referee: Barry Redmond (Wexford)