Ladies All Ireland Junior Football Championship sees London retain their place
By Patricia Morrisson
A strong performance by London saw them retain their All-Britain Championship title, as they ran to a comprehensive victory over Lancashire in St Finbarrs in Coventry.
It started with a score for Lanchashire on the off-set with a few quick manoeuvres it was up and over the bar but London fired back with two points from play. As the wind picked up Lanchashire had to work the ball up the pitch, taking on the London midfield and defence.
With some quick sharp movements it was Kayleigh Thompson who drove the ball passed London keeper Marie King.
London continued to pressurise the Lancashire defence winning vital kickouts and in return putting the ball sailing over the bar. Points from Lisa Cafferkey, Ailish Healy, Hannah Noonan, Fiona Morrissey and Clodagh Brennan put London well and truly ahead.
Lancashire’s defence worked hard with Siobhan Polly making some great blocks.
With the score 1-6 to 1-0 it was still all to play for with all girls fighting for every ball. A collision between London Captain Helen Hughes and Lancashire Full Forward Kayleigh Thompson allowed the girls regroup.
London continued feeding the ball inside which allowed Lisa Cafferkey room to put the ball over the bar in style. With Lancashire’s Aoibheann and Roisin making key runs at the London defence it earned them two points in succession.
Lancashire won themselves a free but with strong winds picking up the ball hit the upright. London reacted first and this set Lisa Cafferkey up for her second goal. London continued to play wide out to the wings to Ailish Healy, Niamhin Daly and Lisa Cafferkey.
A great delivery from Helen Hughes left Lisa Cafferkey in on goal, however Jess Lacey was not letting her in this time and made a great save at close range, on the rebound London took their point.
With only minutes left in the first half, it was Lisa Cafferkey again who hurricaned up the pitch and this time made no mistake leaving the ball sitting in the back of the net.
The final score of the half came from Ailish Healy, who although tight in the corner put the ball over the bar.
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LONDON: Marie King, Catherine Barrett, Catherine Connelly, Laura Grills, Aoife Greene, Eithne Laird, Alison Burke, Noelle Cocoman, Helen Hughes, AIlish Healy, Hannah Noonan, Lisa Cafferkey, Naoimhin Daly, Fiona Morrisey, Clodagh Brennan
SCORERS: Lisa Cafferkey 5- 14; Fiona Morrisey 0-01; Ailish Healy 0-05; Hannah Noonan 0- 03; Clodagh Brennan 1-0