Tesco Connacht intermediate club semi-final Caltra Cuans 2-11 Cill Chomain (Mayo) 1-7.
Report: John Mulligan - Galway Bay FM.
CALTRA CUAN’S incredible run continued on Saturday evening as they overcame Cill Chomain by seven points in Kiltimagh on Saturday afternoon. This was impressive on several fronts. The ability to use the subs at the right time laid the foundation for this win but overall this was a great team effort and they are certainly a side to keep an eye on for the future.
Despite conceding two points to the Mayo champions early, Caltra never panicked and through corner forward Aine Mannion they had restored parity by the 17th minute. It is interesting to note that both teams struggled to get going in that opening quarter but that was more to do with the conditions than anything else. However, when Caltra got going, they were very hard stop. Ironically, they went behind again after nineteen minutes when Patricia Coyle found the net from the penalty spot after Louise Maloney was fouled. That would be the last time this would happen as six minutes later Caltra also had the ball in the net. Orla Kilkenny, on since the 22nd minute took off on a powerful run and her pass found Breda Hanlon who in turn found Mannion. Mannion made no mistake and that would be the turning point in this match as Caltra took control. Further points from Mannion and Emma Naughton would have the Cuans three points clear at half time and although they would be playing into the strong breeze in the second half, they were looking comfortable.
Buoyed by the advantage of having the wind, Cill Chomain, closed the gap to a single point courtesy of the impressive Coyle and Aine Gallagher and at times were threatening the Caltra goal forcing Lucy Greene to be sharp along with Caroisa McHugh and Sarah Noone who both played well. The game teetered for a brief five minute period before Caltra again took control. The introduction of Niamh Kilkenny adding pace to the Caltra attack, Orlaith Hannon hit a great point and immediately afterwards (and while still writing the details of Hannon’s score), Emma Naughton took possession and fired over another point. With the game entering the final quarter, Caltra finally ended the game as a contest. A move that involved six players came to en end when Mannion was fouled in the square. Referee John Niland awarded the penalty without hesitation and while Cill Chomain Aine Coyle made an excellent stop from Sarah Noone’s initial effort, the centre half back was first to the rebound and hammered home. Cill Chomain did add three more points but Caltra Cuans hit back every time with points from Mannion, Megan Kelly, Naughton and Aine Tully and could have had more goals were it not for three excellent saves from the Cill Chomain keeper. At the other end, Greene was called upon to react sharply when Coyle’s shot was deflected but she handled it well. Next up is DrumCliff/Rosses Point in the final next weekend and if Caltra can play with the same kind of intensity as they did in Kiltimagh, then they have a very good chance of winning the Connacht title. The management team of Gabriel Naughton, Marie Mannion, Sean O’Cealaigh, Mary Hanlon and Declan Meehan will have them ready.
Caltra Cuans: Lucy Greene: Nicole Conway, Caroisa McHugh, Helen Cullinane: Aoife Ni Cheallaigh, Sarah Noone (1-0, pen), Aine Tully (0-1): Laura Naughton, Ciara Kilroy: Sinead Mannion, Orlaith Hannon (0-1), Emma Naughton (0-1): Breda Hanlon, Theresa Loughnane, Aine Mannion (1-5, 1f). Subs Used: Orla Kilkenny for Loughnane, Niamh Kilkenny for Kilroy, Megan Kelly (0-1) for Sinead Mannion,Sinead Flood and Lorraine Lally.
Cill Chomain: Aine Coyle: Marie Ruddy, Eilis O’Malley, Caitriona Doherty: Sorcha Murphy, Sorcha Coyle, Marie McGrath: Caroline MacAndrew, Patricia Coyle (1-5, 5f): Brid Murphy, Eilis Doocey, Aine Gallagher: Anita Doherty, Michelle Doherty, Louise Muldowney. Subs Used: Ciara Muddy for Muldowney. Referee: John Niland (Sligo).