Cuala claim Division 2 crown at a canter

by Stephen Findlater
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CUALA clinched the U-15 ladies football Division Two title last weekend with nine goals, making it nine successive league wins to top the table with plenty to spare.

They got the better of St Sylvester’s in some style, bouncing back after falling 1-1 to no score behind. But Anna Moran came into her own at full back, supported by Cara Sullivan and Dervla Madden.

At the other end, Niamh Collopy and Sinead Murphy started to reap dividends with their pace and strength proving a challenge to the Sylvester’s defence.

Murphy notched 1-2 in the first 15 minutes to put the Cuala girls in control as Hannah O’Dea and Billie Kate Huggard scrapped hard for possession to set the forwards free.

Keela Sexton, Saoirse Gallagher and Lasariona Huggard had taken charge of the half-back line and Sylvester’s were finding it hard to get into threatening positions.

In the meantime, Clara Ahern got into her stride and netted 2-1 prior to the break. A speculative effort from Blaithin Lane found its way over the goalkeeper’s head before Murphy netted her second with an unorthodox but effective finish.

Sylvester’s did grab two goals before the break to remind the Dalkey girls that they would need to remain vigilant, making the half-time score 5-7 to 3-1.

On the resumption, Cuala keeper Clodagh Sheehan swapped positions with Sorcha Barron in the half forward line to kick an excellent point.

Eleanor Moore and Grace Hazley were by now sweeping across the back line and driving forward. One such move from defence was poetry in motion and ended up with Eve Martin sending a rocket to the Sylvester’s net.

Aherne popped up with another goal to secure a hat trick (3-1) as did Murphy to total 3-3, whilst the third member of the full forward line, Bliathin Lane, was not to be outshone with her second goal for a total of 2-2.

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