Harps 3, Parlour Moms 1
The champions, Harps, successfully defended their league title in a game that was always going to be tight.
The Harps started well. After 10 minutes, Karen Shalvey crossed in the ball and Mary Beth Gazlay took it down, turned her defender and scored 1-0 to Harps.
Parlour Moms came in to the game with shots from Melanie Schmitt and Wendy Hollender, both well saved by Chris Gallagher.
Both defenses played well.
On 30 minutes, Teresa Brink passed a ball to Sandra Swinburne who carried the ball and buried it to the back of the net, 2-0 to Harps.
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The on 35 minutes came a cross from Maire Flood to Sandra Swinburne, who turned her defender and scored 3-0 to Harps at half-time.
The second half started with Parlour Moms going forward more. But with Una and Teresa in the Harps backline, it was hard to get by.
But a few times, Parlour Moms got through and went close with shots from Melanie Schmitt and Karen Rice that went inches wide.
Parlour Moms kept on the pressure and were rewarded with a goal on 55 minutes by Melanie Schmitt, 3-1 to Harps.
The Harps went close with shots by Maire Flood and Miriam O’Brien, which were well saved by Robyn Mipizwa. Eventually, time ran out for the Parlour Moms and the Harps retained their title.
Best for Harps, Chris Gallagher, Sandra Swinburne.
Best for Parlour Moms, Robyn Mipizwa, Melanie Schmitt, Margaret Rozendall.
Gilligans 0, Lansdowne 5
The Lansdowne team produced their best performance of the year. The game started off tight with both defenses playing well. Then, on 15 minutes, a loose ball was met by Bernie Boyle who latched on to it and scored, 1-0 to Lansdowne.
On 20 minutes, Bernie Boyle got through again and buried the ball to the back of the net, 2-0 to Lansdowne.
Gilligans got into the game and had chances from Catherine Donohoe and Olivia Murphy with shots that went inches wide. Then on 30 minutes, Bernie Boyle got her hat-trick 3-0 to Lansdowne. Gilligans kept plugging away and Maudy Lynn took a free kick that was well saved by the keeper. Then on 34 minutes, Liz McGrail scored from 30 yards, 4-0 to Lansdowne at half time.
The second half was a tighter game. Gilligans went forward with shots from Lupe Hernandez and Catherine Donohoe that went wide.
On 50 minutes a ball passed to Ann Marie Flynn who turned and scored, 5-0 to Lansdowne. On 65 minutes, Lansdowne had a penalty for hand-ball. Liz McGrail took it and it was well saved by Caroline Murphy.
The final score 5-0 to Lansdowne.
Best for Lansdowne, Bernie Boyle, Liz McGrail, Ann Marie Flynn.
Best for Gilligans, Caroline Murphy, Barbara Henry, Deirdre O’Sullivan.