The Broadford team, which has worked hard to galvanise its strengths since last year, came on to the pitch and immediately went on the offensive with a point from Aoife Vaughan in the first minute that signalled the start of an impressive run of scores that went unanswered despite St. Joseph’s best attempts.
Broadford took their tally to 1-07 over 25 minutes until St. Joseph’s finally got their first point from a 45. The teams then traded points each from frees before a goal from Aoife Dillon in the last minute left the Broadford girls with a 12 point lead as they headed to the side lines at half time 2-08 to 0-02.
The second half did not see the same rate of scores as the first but not for the want of effort from both sides. The St. Joseph’s and Broadford goalies both knocked the ball back in to play after a number of goal attempts and each side was eventually awarded a point each from 45’s for their efforts.
Two final goals for Broadford in the last ten minutes eventually sealed their victory. The first after Aoife Vaughan went on a solo run from around the middle of the field to just in front the St. Joseph 45 line and then sent the ball under the bar and over the goalie’s right shoulder in to the back of the net. The second goal just three minutes later after Katie Moloney and Apryl O’Regan kept the ball in play during some intensive St Joseph’s defence to the left of their goal but managing to keep the ball in play and eventually getting it across the square to the other side for Aiofe Dillon to intercept and send in to the left corner of the net.
The Broadford win was made possible by some great work from the Broadford backs including Samantha O’Connor, Aine Ryan and Siobhan O’Connell who kept retrieving the ball and sending on to the centre and forward ground for the likes of Niambh Mulqeen and Aoife O’Brien who both went on a number of spirited runs up the field driving the ball ever forward for Broadford. Final score 4-09 to 0-3.
Broadford scorers: Aoife Vaughan 1-01, Aoife Dillon 3-6, Moya Marsh McMahon 0-1, Annalee Marsh 0-1
Starting: Aoife Boland; Áine Ryan, Karen Ryan, Siobhan O’Connell; Aoife Vaughan; Niambh Mulqueen; Annalee Marsh, Aoife Dillon, Aoife O’Brien, Caroline Fortune Moloney, Moya Marsh McMahon.
Subs: 1st Half Zoe O’Keefe for Caroline Fortune Moloney; Anna Speight for Aoife O’Brien, April Hogan for Annalee Marsh; Laura O’Connell for Samantha O’Connor. 2nd Half Emer O’Shea for Moya Marsh McMahon, Aine Ryan for Aoife Dillon, Roisin O’Connell for Aoife Vaughan.