WEST Cork senior ladies football star Libby Coppinger was pleased to play her part in helping the divisional side overcome Éire Óg in Kealkil.
Last year’s beaten county finalists defeated the Ovens based side on a full-time scoreline of 2-15 to 0-9. Libby netted the two goals for this very strong West Cork side.
“It was a great win. We had to battle hard against a very strong Éire Óg side. We are pleased to get the win and move on in the championship,” declared the full-forward.
The West Cork senior ladies now advance to the semi-final stages of this year’s championship. They will be seeded which offers them a huge opportunity to progress to their third successive county final appearance. Libby is pleased to have made the semi-final stages.
“It is always an advantage to be seeded. The semi-finals are due to be played towards the end of August, so hopefully we will get a few training sessions in before then. It was vital we beat Éire Óg to secure our semi-final berth. We are now only one win away from a county final appearance.”
Libby netted two very impressive goals in either half. Both goals were neatly finished from close range after good approach play from their team captain Aine Terry O’Sullivan. The modest dual star was pleased to help her side win.
“Aine did great work for the goals. She is a great player. It was nice to be in the right place at the right time. We had a lot of different scorers which is vital. All our team played very well.
"The goals came at good times as they helped move us clear of Éire Óg. We have a very strong squad with everyone pushing hard for places in the starting team. Our work rate against Éire Óg was very good. There is a great spirit in the camp. The players and management team are desperate for success.”
West Cork possessed a plethora of players who produced great performances. Full-back Sarah Hayes produced a very strong performance, while Bantry Blues duo Eve and Rachel Murphy also greatly impressed. Libby was full of praise for her team-mates.
“Sarah has really come into her own this year. Eve and Rachel are great players. They have great athleticism. We have a lot of pace in our team.”
St Colum’s club player Libby was delighted to play on her home turf in Kealkil.
“It was great to play in West Cork. The pitch was great. We have a great set up in Kealkil. It was nice to showcase our facilities in St Colum’s.”