St Fechins through to their first Senior Championship final

St Fechins 4-6 (18) Roche Emmets 3-7 (16)

In a very tight affair St Fechins Ladies have earned their place in their first Senior Championship final following a two point win over Roche Emmets on Sunday.

In a high scoring first half  Roche opened the scoring with two over the bar, and it was in the 5th minute before Shayleen McDonagh got the Fechins first point. Roche added another point from a free before Rachael Kinch got her first goal in the 9th minute. The side exchanged goals, Kinch again on target for the Fechins, but with the bit between their teeth Roche showed why they were in the semi final as they took over the score board adding two goals and three points approaching the break.

Fechins continued to find it hard to find their accuracy and clocked up a few wides but a point from Ceire Nolan and an excellent goal from Ava Briscoe in the dying seconds of the first half left them only four behind at the half way mark. St Fechins 3-2 (11) Roche Emmets 3-6 (15)

The second half opened with two more Fechins wides from play but then Ava Briscoe found the back of the net from the penalty spot. Further scores from Catherine McGlew & Sara Moore set them up for the victory.

Roche got their only point of the half from a free in the 26th minute and that was the final score of the game. There was a great battle in the remaining minutes as Roche continued to put pressure on the Fechins back line but they held firm to come away with a two point win.

Roche will be very disappointed they didn’t capitalise on their first half lead but loosing two players to yellow cards didn’t help their cause. St Fechins will now look forward to the final against Geraldines on Sunday next.

Report from Michelle Mooney | Photos from Warren Matthews