Broadford started their campaign with great vigour and built up an impressive lead with goals scored by Susan O’Shea, Kathy O’Farrell and Beatrice Vaughan. The forward line was supported by a strong defence that kept Clarecastle from gaining real traction in the first half.
In the second half Clarecastle came back on the field with a mission to turn the game around and steadily diminished Broadford’s leading position. A goal though from Emma Spaight set up by great midfield teamwork gave Broadford a two-point advantage.
However, in injury time a free awarded to Clarecastle found the back of the net to put them ahead by a point. With time seemingly standing still and the game still very much on going, the Broadford puckout reached the Clarecastle half of the field. With tensions high and all the players looking for a finish, a late free was awarded to Broadford. As Kathy O’Farrell stepped up for the free, breaths were held as this surely was the last chance for Broadford to stay in the game.
The ball sailed between the posts to shouts of joy from the Broadford supporters. A draw! Final score Broadford 6-04 Clarecastle 7-01.
Well done to all the girls who now look forward to a replay sometime later in the summer.
Thank you to everyone that came along to support Broadford, the turnout was fantastic!
Starting: Clare Heffernan; Rachael O’Connell, Naoise O’Sullivan, Sarah Berquiest; Emma Cooper, Alexandra Troy, Ava Vaughan; Kathy O’ Farrell, Emma Spaight, Maeve Moroney, Clodagh O’Farrell, Laura Ryan; Beatrice Vaughan, Susan O’Shea, Ella Ryan Meaney.
Subs: Jade O’Connell, Amme O’Brien, Chayla Rynne, Emma O,Connor, Isabell O’Connell, Sinead Vaughan.
Management: Caroline O'Connell, Nicky O’Farrell, James Vaughan, Anne Marsh McMahon.