All hands on deck as Saints safely negotiate first hurdle


Kennedy Centre Ladies Junior Football Championship

St Teresa’s 3 06

All Saints  8 16

All Saints travelled to their Glen Rd opponents not having played a competitive fixture since July 8th.

It was an all hands on deck approach with two of the team just off the plane from holidays only hours before the throw in , another 3 who managed to arrange shift changes and one who negotiated a 100 mile round trip to turn out in the black and white

Saints started strongly and an opening goal from Shannon Woulahan followed by a brace of points from Maria Sestakova suggested that All Saints would be a good bet for a place in the next round

St Teresa’s had a stand out performer in goal however and during the first half her handling and distribution was excellent.

The Glen Road side were strong going forward and their efficient ball carrying troubled the Ballymena girls on a number of occasions.  In the opening half all St Teresa’s scores bar one came from open play

Goals from Maria Sestakova and Anna Kearney and a point form Ciara Devine contributed to put the Saints 3 07 to 1 06 up at half time.

During the half time break the now customary honest chat took place and Saints warmed to the task quickly. Some tactical adjustments were implemented and Kalie Little helped herself to  two goals in the second half, the first set up by Sharon McNiff and the latter by Sianeese Maybin

During the second period of play St Teresa’s were restricted to two score both penalty kicks and Saints were much improved from back to front and won much more ball from St Teresa’s kick outs

At the back Maria O Rawe and Marnie O Neill were best for All Saints. The half back line of Ciara Devine, Katie Connolly and Sinead Devine was solid throughout the hour and snuffed out a lot of St. Teresa’s possession particularly in the second half.

Aine McVeigh put in another big shift at midfield but her partner in this area of the field deserves special mention. Molly Brady was excellent and her appetite for the game makes her a joy to coach

Anna Kearney Maria Sestakova and Shannon Woulahan are all potential match winners any weekend and on the night this trio contributed 6-11 of the Saints tally with Anna top scoring on 3-04

Bronagh Shannon marked her return  following a nasty knee injury scoring 0-02 on the night while Kalie Little scored 2 02 but it was her fielding of the ball and positional play that caught the eye.

Maria Goldring ran her socks off as usual and hit the woodwork twice before grabbing a point,

overall a very pleasing performance by the All Saints girls





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