Colaiste Iognaid 7
Our Ladys Bower, Athlone 0
The Jes easily accounted for their opponents from Athlone in this one sided affair played in Dangan on Wednesday claiming the Connacht Seniors School Palmer Cup for the fifth year in a row.
Jes took control of this game from the start and were roared on by their supporters as the entire school seemed to be in Dangan to create a carnival atmosphere.
They were awarded six short corners in succession in the first few minutes but failed to capitalise on any of them. They eventually got their first score on the tenth minute.This came from yet another short corner. A good put out directly to Elaine Carey was slammed by her off the back board. This was followed a few minutes later by a second which also came off a short corner. The initial shot was saved by Bower goalie Ciara Devaney but Aoife Codyre was on hand to tap in the rebound. Five minutes later Aoife Codyre added a second which was almost identical to her first from yet another short corner.
If it were not for the heroics of goalie Ciara Devaney during this period Jes might have added a few more. Their first from play came on the twenty second minute. Right midfielder Elaine Carey, who was the Jes star of the day, carried the ball down the right hand touchline and laid on a superb cross to Aisling Dunne who made no mistake. Three minutes later Dunne added her second from another short corner. Clodagh Kennedy took a sweep and the move was finished by Aisling Dunne.
Just before half time Elaine Carey scored a wonderful goal from a solo effort. She carried the ball from the centre of midfield, past a number of defenders and took a superb shot from the outer edge of the box.
The second half was a little more even as the Jes took the foot off the pedal. There was some good work from the Bower’s Gemma O’Rourke, Genieve Holohan and Jane Henshaw. However the Jes added their final goal after ten minutes. Clodagh Kennedy intercepted a ball in defense and carried it along the right wing. She shot into the box and Aoife Bolger was on hand to tap in the Jes’s last goal.
This was a good all round team performance from the Jes. They now go on to the All Ireland competition which will be held in Belfast over two days on the 22nd and 23rd of March. This competition is played on a round robin basis.
Jes Squad: Natasha Cooke, Hannah Gormley,Rachel Bradley, Alison Ryan(captain), Michelle Carey, Elaine Carey, Ingrid Murphy, Maeve Russell, Aisling Dunne, Kyla Gillen, Niamh Callanan, Aoife Codyre, Grace O’ Donnell, Clodagh Kennedy, Ailbhe Murphy, Ciara Power, Ailbhe Finnerty, Anna Jane Kitt, Jenny Farrell, Ruth Staunton, Molly Wynne, Aoife Bolger