SPRINGFIELD RAMBLERS made it a league and cup double this season following their comfortable 5-1 victory over Kinsale in the CWSSL Shield Cup Final which was played at St Colman’s Park in Cobh recently, as part of an end of season Cup Final double.
Springfield had completed their short season league campaign a few days previous and went through the season undefeated, while Kinsale had a successful season themselves with some excellent results, coupling in reaching the final following their defeat of Carrigaline.
It was the Cobh side who applied the early pressure, keeping Kinsale in their own half for some time, with chances falling to Aoife O’Brien whose 25-yard free-kick sailed over the Kinsale crossbar and Ava Field’s effort deflected for a corner as Kinsale were keeping a solid wall at the back.
However, by the 28th minute after a period of Kinsale dominance, Kinsale’s Ali McGinn’s initial effort came off the Springfield keeper and she made no mistake from the rebound to open the scoring.
Springfield came forward again, with Kinsale keeper Lucy Carter doing well to hold onto a flicked header from a long-range free on the half-hour, while three minutes later Ava Field’s effort went right across the Kinsale goalmouth and cleared away.
Two goals in the space of two minutes turned the game in Springfield’s favour, the first coming from Amy Kennedy who capitalised on Carter's initial save and moments later Isabel O’Leary made it 2-1 from 15 yards as Springfield led at the break.
Springfield almost added a third in the 46th minute only for Mia Casey to clear off the line from Kennedy’s effort, while moments later Fields effort was well saved by substitute keeper Ali McGinn.
Kinsale were attempting to come forward and forced Springfield keeper Jemma Savage into gathering the ball at the feet of an incoming Lily Gill, while at the other end Springfield’s Aoife O’Brien’s 25 yard shot on goal was well saved by McGinn.
Springfield added a fourth in the 75th minute when Amy Kennedy managed to get to the ball ahead of McGinn and slot the ball home from 15 yards, and just two minutes later Springfield added another when Kennedy forced her way through the Kinsale defence and scored from inside the area.
Springfield had additional chances from Amy Burns and Lauren Breen, and although Kinsale pressed forward they could not break down a solid Springfield defence as Ramblers claimed their second piece of silverware within a week.
Jason Brown, Chairman CWSSL presented the Shield trophy to team captain Mary McDonnell, while the Player of the Match was awarded to Springfield’s Amy Kennedy.