Ladies football: Castlehaven opened the league with a tough trip to Midleton

Ladies football: Castlehaven opened the league with a tough trip to Midleton
The Castlehaven ladies football panel before a recent league game.

A new season of Cork LGFA county leagues got underway with Ballinora, Castlehaven, Clonakilty, O’Donovan Rossa, and Mourneabbey B amongst the winners on a weather-affected weekend.

No less than 11 county league champions will be crowned at the conclusion of this year’s Cork ladies football competitions.

Last weekend saw the opening rounds of fixtures taking place involving all four of the county’s divisions clubs. Stormy weather resulted in a number of scheduled games having to be postponed but thankfully, 11 fixtures were completed.

Castlehaven got their Division 4 League campaign off to the best possible start with a hard-earned victory at home to Midleton.

Difficult weather conditions made life awkward for both teams with Castlehaven leading 1-2 to 0-3 at the interval.

The second period saw the West Cork club move up through the gears and run out convincing winners thanks to Alice O’Driscoll’s contribution of 1-2. Eilish Bohane scored 1-1 on an afternoon Siobhán Courtney, Katie Cronin, Shelly Daly, Noreen O’Sullivan, and Fiona O’Sullivan also got their names on the scoresheet.

In the same division, Mourneabbey B defeated Abhainn Dalla by seven points in both team’s season opener. Mourneabbey utilised a strong wind to build a 2-8 to 1-1 interval lead before holding off their opponents in the second period to register a merited 2-10 to 2-3 win. St Val’s B and Watergrasshill played out a high scoring Division 4 matchup with the former getting their first 2 points of the season on the board following a 5-10 to 3-8 triumph.

Aghada got off the mark in Division 1 thanks to a 1-14 to 0-9 defeat of Inch Rovers.

The former hosts Fermoy in their next league outing next month. Inch Rovers will look to bounce back at home to St Vals on the same date.

Clonakilty and Bantry Blues played out an entertaining Division 2 League West Cork derby in Ahamilla last Sunday. The Brewery Town edged the result, winning 2-7 to 2-4 thanks to Ciara Ryan and Ellen Hall goals. Additional Hall (four), Orla Lowney and Ciara Deasy efforts completed the winners’ total. Mairead Dullea and Rachel Murphy replied with Bantry’s goals on an afternoon Sarah Bishop and Kate Keevers also featured on the scoreboard.

Kate O’Donovan’s return from a long-term injury inspired O’Donovan Rossa to victory away to Bishopstown in Division 3.

O’Donovan scored 1-3 and Fionnuala O’Driscoll added 1-2 during Rossa’s 2-9 to 1-4 victory in Bishopstown. Lisa Harte, Jessica Beechinor, and Emer McCarthy also featured in the West Cork club’s first league victory of the 2020 campaign.

Ibane Ladies produced an excellent display to defeat Shamrocks and open their Division 11 account for the new season.

Two Division 7 League fixtures were completed last weekend with Éire Óg B proving too strong for Passage and Ballinora making an early statement of intent with a comprehensive victory away to Bride Rovers B.

In Division 6, Gabriel Rangers and Muintir Bhaire amalgamation went down 2-6 to 1-5 away to Nemo Rangers while Knocknagree overpowered Fermoy B to join the Capwell club at the top of the standings. A close Division 8 encounter between Aghada B and Lisgoold saw the latter emerge 3-9 to 3-6 winners.

U14

Only two West Cork U14 championship games survived last weekend’s poor weather. Bantry Blues registered a high scoring 9-6 to 7-3 defeat of Valley Rovers in the division’s B championship.

Dohenys travelled to Courcey Rovers in the same competition and ran out 0-8 to 0-4 winners thanks to Abbie McCarthy, Clodagh Mannix, Alex Mawe, and Larissa Farr scores. Despite the loss, Courcey Rovers put in a commendable performance and pushed their opponents all the way. Ibane Ladies, Beara, and Tadgh MacCarthaigh are the other clubs competing in this year’s West Cork U14 B grade.

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