Murphy steals it for Raheny in real thriller

by Gazette Reporter
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Raheny 4-10

Templeogue Synge Street 3-11


Substitute Anna Murphy struck a late goal at St Anne’s Park on Wednesday to help Raheny claim a dramatic triumph over Templeogue Synge Street in Group A of the Go-Ahead Dublin Junior ‘A’ Football Championship.

Three points adrift heading into the final 10 minutes of the action, Raheny produced a late rally to secure their third consecutive victory of this year’s championship and thus establish themselves as the pacesetters in the group.

Having lost out to O’Dwyers of Balbriggan in the 2022 JFC decider, Jimmy Woods’ charges are hoping to go a step further in the current campaign.

After following up an opening round success against Naomh Barrog with a draw at home to Scoil Ui Chonaill, Templeogue were seeking to build momentum in their quest for a knockout spot. Kellie Taite registered a magnificent tally of 1-8 and with the likes of Rebecca Horne and Holly Curran (niece of former Dublin men’s footballer Paul Curran) also impressing, they were in a strong position for large stretches of this contest.

However, the scoring prowess of Carla Fitzsimons (1-6) and former Roscommon star Cliodhna McHugh (2-0) kept Raheny in touch before Murphy’s late heroics ultimately swung the pendulum in their favour.

Moments after Taite had broken the deadlock with a trademark point off her left foot in the early exchanges of this tie, Brosna O’Dell had a goal chance turned away by Raheny netminder Chanice Dolan.

A cousin of All-Ireland winner Lorcan O’Dell, Brosna was joined on the pitch in the second half by Lorcan’s sister Ella.

While Chloe Monahan and Fitzsimons responded for the hosts with unanswered points, Templeogue bagged their first goal of the game courtesy of an outstanding individual score by Taite on seven minutes.

Taite added to her already substantial personal haul with a fine point, in advance of Curran splitting the uprights in the 11th-minute.

Raheny had hoped to settle into their more familiar stride when McHugh rattled the net in clinical style moments later, but TSS quickly cancelled out this effort through the equally effective Horne at the opposite end of the field.

Although an Ava Peake point kept Raheny very much in touch, a 0-2 salvo by the ever-elusive Taite moved ‘Synger’ five clear (2-5 to 1-3) in the second quarter. Barry Quinn’s side were then presented with an ideal opportunity to stretch further ahead on 19 minutes, but Dolan was equal to a penalty strike by centre-forward Ashling O’Byrne Hadjami.

This was a let-off for Raheny and with Fitzsimons slotting home a spot kick as a supplement to her own pointed free, the gap had been reduced to the bare minimum. Yet it was Templeogue who enjoyed the brighter end to the opening period as inside forwards Curran and Taite raised white flags to give their team a 2-7 to 2-4 interval cushion.

Even though their lead remained at three on the resumption as a result of traded scores between Monahan and Taite, the southside visitors were soon pegged back by a determined Raheny outfit.

Jane Murphy and Fitzsimons posted excellent points from play and when McHugh drilled an unstoppable shot beyond the reach of opposition custodian Sophie Quinn, the home team suddenly found themselves back in the ascendancy.

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Horne and Fitzsimons both found the target as the action progressed, but Templeogue received another lifeline in the form of a second penalty right on the third-quarter mark. On this occasion, O’Byrne Hadjami made no mistake with a fierce effort that shook the net off the underside of the crossbar.

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This put TSS firmly in the driving seat and with Taite kicking two more majestic points in the space of 60 seconds, they were within sight of a precious victory. The dead-ball accuracy of Fitzsimons kept Raheny in the reckoning during a tense finale, however, and Murphy proved to be their match winner when she fly-kicked the ball home with just two minutes remaining on the clock.

Raheny will now close out their group stage campaign with a trip to Naomh Barrog on September 20, whereas Templeogue – who remain second in the group standings – will play their fourth game of the championship against Clontarf ‘B’ at Dolphin Park seven days earlier.

Scorers –Raheny: Carla Fitzsimons 1-6 (1-0 pen, 0-5f), Cliodhna McHugh 2-0, Anna Murphy 1-0, Chloe Monahan 0-2, Jane Murphy, Ava Peake 0-1 each.

Templeogue Synge Street: Kellie Taite 1-8 (0-1f), Rebecca Horne 1-1, Aisling O’Byrne Hadjami 1-0, Holly Curran 0-2.

Raheny: Chanice Dolan; Aideen Filan, Caoimhe McCarthy, Catherine Martin; Eimear Joyce, Carrie O’Keefe, Grace Harkin; Aoibhin McCarthy, Sinead Doran; Claire Fitzgerald, Carla Fitzsimons, Jane Murphy; Chloe Monahan, Cliodhna McHugh, Ava Peake. Subs: Liz Myers for Harkin (half-time), Orlaith Walsh for Doran (39), Ciara McDunphy for Peake (48), Aisling Brassil for O’Keefe (51), Anna Murphy for McHugh (53).

Templeogue Synge Street: Sophie Quinn; Niamh Leacy, Laura Leacy, Sarah Staunton; Rachel Dunne, Rachel Seery, Emily Browne; Saoirse Murphy, Laura Cahill; Claire Hiney, Ashling O’Byrne Hadjami, Brosna O’Dell; Kellie Taite, Rebecca Horne, Holly Curran. Subs: Bonnie Leitch for Staunton (29), Ella O’Dell for Dunne (42), Lily O’Reilly for Curran (57).

Referee: Angela Gallagher

Action from Raheny’s dramatic win over Templeogue.

Pic: Maurice Grehan

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