The game of the summer: Passage and Carrigaline serve up an 11-goal thriller

The game of the summer: Passage and Carrigaline serve up an 11-goal thriller
Carrigaline's Shannon Cremin and Chloe McCarthy of Passage. Picture: Howard Crowdy

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PASSAGE and Carrigaline played out an 11-goal thriller at Maulbawn in the CWSSL Challenge Cup quarter-final, the home side going through to the semi-final on a 6-5 scoreline.

Highlight of the match was the exceptional performance from Passage’s Jess Healy who scored five of her teams goals with Carrigaline’s Rebekah Grant notched up a hat trick for the visitors.

They looked dead and buried with less than 20 minutes remaining only to score two quick goals in the final 10 minutes for a nail-biting finish.

It was Carrigaline who had the first shot on goal in the first minute when Jenny Byrne’s effort went over the bar, while moments later Passage had a chance themselves, the Carrigaline keeper Claire O’Sullivan diving at the feet of an incoming Laure Finlay.

The visitors took the lead in the 3rd minute when Rebekah Grant’s low shot from inside the area found the back of the net, and had a good chance to make it two three minutes later, a free kick from just outside the area being deflected for a corner.

Passage started to come back into the game, Jess Hayes’s effort being cleared off the Carrigaline goal line and had another chance in the 17th minute only for Healy’s effort to come off the crossbar and cleared away.

The home side drew level in the 34th minute when Jess Healy turned in the centre and blasted the ball over O’Sullivan and into the net for the equaliser.

Their joy did not last long however, as Carrigaline regained the lead two minutes later Rebekah Grant drawing the keeper off her line and neatly passing to Shannon Cremin who made no mistake with an open goal.

Three minutes later the sides were level for the second time in the match when a fabulous free-kick from inside her own half saw Louise Burke’s effort sail into the Carrigaline net.

Laura Finlay of Passage clashes with Carrigaline's Orla Murphy. Picture: Howard Crowdy
Laura Finlay of Passage clashes with Carrigaline's Orla Murphy. Picture: Howard Crowdy

And within three minutes the home side took the lead when Healy’s 25-yard drive was a little beyond the reach of O’Sullivan as the home side were 3-2 up going in at the break.

Passage extended their lead when Healy capitalised on a defensive error in the 56th minute for her hat-trick, and added another in the 64th minute as the home side were cruising.

A minute later Carrigaline pegged one back when Grant hit a low shot into the net, but three minutes later Passage extended their lead to three with Healy teaming with Vikki Hanna to make it 6-3.

Two goals in the space of three minutes from Grant and Cremin brought Carrigaline right back into the game with less than 10 minutes remaining.

We had a tense and nail-biting finish, with the prospect of extra time, but Passage managed to hang on in a thrilling local derby.

PASSAGE: Louise Murphy, Louise Burke, Aine McGins, Aoife Flynn, Gilly Foley, Nicole Moriarty, Chloe McCarthy, Jess Hayes, Winnie Parata, Laura Finlay, Aoife Aherne, Ciara Morrissey, Vikki Hanna.

CARRIGALINE: Claire O’Sullivan, Ali Diggan, Lauren O’Brien, Orla Murphy, Millie Fitzgerald, Kadie Lambe, Hayley Fitzgerald, Jenny Byrne, Rebekah Grant, Shannon Cremin, Chloe McCarthy.

Referee: John Corcoran

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