Mayo have made a successful start to their season with their last win coming over St.Francis of Dublin the reining Irish cup champions on May 2nd. Mayo showed great heart after going down 1-0 after 32 seconds in John Hyde park Dublin from a Sandra Mulhall lob over the keeper and had to wait until the 34th minute to get back on level terms when Aoife Herbert was fouled inside the area Emma Mullin got the first of her four goals from the penalty spot and as the clock ticked down to half time a long kick out from mayo keeper Katrina Connolly bounced into the path of Emma and mayo were 2-1 up going in at half time.
Mayo started the brighter in the second half but the chance of going level fell to Shaorn Cullen of St.francis when she linked up with Mary Waldron only to be denied by Connolly in the mayo goal and with 10 minutes gone in the second half Karen Nic lassan found herself in the mayo box after a great ball through from Shauna Cooke but a brave save from Connolly kept mayo ahead .
After this mayo took full control at mid- field with Cora Staunton and Maz Sweeney breaking up every attack that the Dublin side put together and with both wingers Jackie mulligan and Aileen Gilroy working tirelessly up and down the flanks mayo were in full control another long ball from Connolly was flicked on to the path of Mullin by Cora Staunton Emma lobed the ball over Aine Genockey into the net and st. Francis were paying for their missed chances .
At this point the darting runs of the mayo striker Aoife Herbert was beginning to frustrate both loise Corrigan and Emily hanney of st francis they found it very hard to keep track of her but irish international Megan Campbell was standing firm in the fancies defence her long throws and clearances was keeping St. Francis in the game.
St.francis were thrown a life line in the 62nd minute when Shauna Cookes volley hit the roof of the Mayo net after a great one-two with Sonya Hughes and Mayo must have felt the roof was about to fall on their Irish cup when Rachel king was sent off after a second yellow card on 65 minutes the mayo bench quickly rearranged the team taking off Jackie mulligan introducing Katie walsh to partner Yvonne Byrne in the center of defence and moving Aoife Herbert to the left side of mid-field this move gave more freedom to irish international Aileen Gilroy to run with the ball and it was from one of these runs and cross that Emma Mullen gathered the ball, rounded the keeper and finished in style on 74minutes.
Leading 4-2 Mayo decided to shut up shop after this and hold on to their two goal advantage it was at this point Carol Hegarty Mayos right back playing in her very first game for mayo and Avril kilkelly continued to shine encouraged by the experienced players like Byrne, Walsh, Sweeney and Connolly Mayo were holding out. Staunton in the center of the park was letting Francis away with nothing, challenging for everything even with eight minutes into injury time .
With 98 minutes on the clock Francis introduced their first sub Saidhbh Collins who slipped in behind the Mayo defence from a free kick and scored with her very first touch,but it was not enough against the well organised Mayo team under manager Michael Jennings who had a plan to win and stuck to it. Mayo held on to the ball after the kick-off and soon the ref called the end and mayo were in the quarter- final.
Subs used K.Walsh for Mulligan (66 min)
Manager: Michael Jennings
A.Genockey,N.Nolan,E.Hanley,L.Corrigan,M.Campbell,K Nic Lassan,S.Hughes,Cooke,S.Mulhall,S.Cullen,M.Waldron.
Subs used S.Collins for K.nic Lassan (98 min)
Manager: Pat Heffernan
BALLINA TOWN 2 - 1 KNOCK/KILTIMAGH
The pitch was in perfect condition which is more than can be said for the weather, it didnt take Ballina long to settle and within 2 minutes the player of the match Aoife Herbert had the ball in the Knock net to their credit Knock/ Kiltimagh did not panic from this early set back and Yvonne Byrne nearly had the sides level in the 7th minute.
Knock were missing their firepower up front with Lisa Cafferty having gone to
The second half did not live up to the first half with Yvonne Byrne driving her team forward in hope of an equalizer, the closest they came was a Karen Lilly free kick at 84th minute which sailed harmlessly over the cross bar. With Knock pushing forward cracks appeared in their back line, with Paula Barrett going close for Ballina in 2 or 3 occasions only to be denied by the excellent goal keeping of Katrina Connelly.
Knock/Kiltimagh did their level best in the final moments of the game and even the introduction of Noelle Gormley for Elizabeth Lavin couldnt bring this game to extra time so the North Mayo team hung on to record historic victory.
Best for Knock/Kiltimagh, Katrina Connelly, Anna Farragher, Yvonne Byrne, Karen Lilly, Orla Casby.
Best for Ballina, Imelda McNulty, Jackie Mulligan, Aoife Herbert, Aine McLean.
Katrina Connelly, Edel Kilcourse, Elizabeth Lavin, Anna Farragher, Karen Lilly, Yvonne Byrne, Clare Egan, Orla Casby, Clodagh Martin, Maria Coyne, Lisa Webb. Subs: Karen Maloney, Therese Marren, Noelle Gormley.
Deirdre Devine, Nicola Leonard, Aine McLean, Orma ODowd, Imelda McNulty, Cara Cooke, Hazel McCaffertey, Patricia Coyle, Jackie Mulligan, Ailish Collins, Aoife Herbert.
Subs: Bridget Staunton, Paula Barrett.
Referee Liam McEntee
Straide & Foxford Utd 0 Ballinrobe Town 1
In what could be described as a game of two halves, this Mayo Cup Final did not live up to the normal standards that we have come to expect from these two sides. Straide & Foxford dominated the play during the opening half, but were unable to finish off any moves that their superiority deserved. Ballinrobe Town on the other hand created the far more clear-cut chances in the second period, but they too found it difficult to finish off moves that their play warranted.
The first chance of the game fell to Aoife Hanahoe, but she failed to connect properly from Michelle Ruanes long free kick after 4 minutes. Some two minutes later the same player had her effort well pushed out for a corner by Aisling Concannon in the Ballinrobe goal. A further half chance fell to Patria Jordan, after being put through by Roisin Guiry, but her effort also went wide.
The first real chance for Ballinrobe Town fell to Katie Walsh on the 25th minute after good interplay with Emma Mullin, but her 20 yard effort was deflected out for a corner. Most of the play was in the Ballinrobe half of the pitch, and despite the efforts of Aoife Hanahoe in midfield and having the greater possession they were unable to penetrate a sound Ballinrobe defence in which Ann Moran and Henrietta Walsh were outstanding.
Straide and Foxford were equally strong at the back and with Heather Jordan and Michelle Ruane keeping a tight rein on Emma Mullin and Katie Walsh, Ballinrobes options were limited during this opening period.
Ballinrobe upped their performance considerably in the second half with Martha Carter and Maeve Ann OReilly dictating matters in the midfield exchanges. Katie Walsh took a more right sided front-runners role in the second half, and avoided the shackles of a solid S&F central defensive pairing, and was putting in some fine crosses.
The opening minutes of the second half saw Ballinrobe on the attack straight away, and good interplay between Tara Donnelan and Martha Carter set up Katie Walsh only to see her effort well saved by Emma Galligan in the S&F goal. Galligan was in action again in the 15th minute when she went down well to prevent Emma Mullin from scoring. A cross-field pass from Martha Carter set up Katie Walsh in the 18th minute, but once again goalkeeper Galligan held Walshs pile driver.
Ballinrobe should have take the lead when Ann Moran found Emma Mullin in the penalty box, and her effort from an acute angle hit the inside of the post and across the goal line before Galligan collected. This was one of the few occasions that Emma Mullin evaded the shackles of a tight marking Heather Jordan.
Ballinrobe forced a number of corners, and it was from these set pieces that they looked most dangerous. Mullin had a header saved on the line by Galligan after 28 minutes, and Ann Moran hit over from 6 yards from another corner. It was from another well struck corner kick in the 89th minute by Katie Walsh that Emma Mullin back headed the ball into the path of Ann Moran who powered home her header to the back of the net to give Ballinrobe the lead the fully deserved. Straide & Foxford had one final chance themselves in added time when Aoife Hanahoes 30-yard free kick went narrowly wide of the post.
Ballinrobes best performers on the day were Martha Carter, Ann Moran, Katie Walsh, Emma Mullin, Maeve Ann OReilly, and Henrietta Walsh. Outstanding for S&F were Emma Galligan, Heather Jordan, Michelle Ruane, Aoife Hanohoe and Triona McNicholas.
Concannon, Moran, Mullahy, Walsh, Moran, Walsh, Donnellan, OReilly, Mullin, Carter, Callaghan subs McHale, Hall, OToole, Burke, Maguire, Kavanagh, Flannelly.
Straide & Foxford Utd
Galligan, Ruane, Guiry, Ruane, Higgins, Galligan, Hanohoe, Jordan, Dinan, Jordan, McNicholas subs Costelloe, Coleman, Jordan, Galligan, Carney, Dinan , Gallagher, Doherty, Jennings.
Referee Tony Cosgrove
Player of the match Ann Moran solid all round performance and match winning goal.
BIG WIN FOR MAYO WOMENS TEAM IN IRISH SENIOR CUP.
Mayo travelled to Hogan Park in Limerick on Sunday last to take on the home side in the second round of the Irish Senior Cup.
The visitors started brightly, and could have opened their account after just 5 minutes when an Emma Mullin cross was missed on the edge of the Limerick six yard box by the in rushing Catriona McNicolas.
But the travelling supporters didnt have long to wait for the opening goal, courtesy of an Emma Mullin header, taking a deflection off a defender, from a Michelle Ruane corner, after 11 minutes.
Mullin's strike partner Aoife Herbert provided the cross for the second goal on 15 minutes and it looked like it was going to be a rout for the visitors. But Limerick took the game to Mayo for the next 18 minutes, and were unlucky to be caught on the counter attack when mid field lynch pin Katie Walsh nodded on a clearence for her club team mate Emma Mullin to run on to and complete her hat trick on 34 minutes.
Four minutes later Jackie Mulligan showed excellent control in the Limerick area to turn and shot in the one move and beat the home keeper at the near post to leave the half time score 0-4 to Mayo.
The second half was only 11 minutes old when Emma Mullin started her second hat trick. A delightful chip by Aoife Herbert was taken in her stride by Mullin who finished with ease.
Karen Lilly provided the through ball 2 minutes later for Emma's fifth, and Maeve Murphy crossed 25 minutes into the second half for her sixth and Mayo's seventh.
All in all Mayo's approach play and clinical finishing was excellent with Emma Mullin showing no ill effects after 5 weeks out with ankle ligiment damage.
Aoife Herbert was a super provider on the day, and both Katie Walsh and Karen Lilly revelled in their midfield roles.
Jackie Mulligan sent in many excellent crosses from the left, and worked back when needed.
The quality of opposition will test Mayo in the next round, and although Limerick were well beaten on the day, they found ways around the Mayo defence, particularly down the wings.
Catriona Connelly (Gurteen), Michelle Ruane(Straid &Foxford), Maeve Murphy(Castlebar Celtic), Deirdre Ruane(Straid & Foxford), Aine McClean(Ballina Town), Katie Walsh(Ballinrobe), Karen Lilly(Kiltamagh/Knock), Catriona McNicolas(straide and foxford), Jackie Mulligan(Ballina Town),Emma Mullin(Ballinrobe), Aoife Herbert.(Ballina Town)
Subs used; Ann Curtin(Castlebar Celtic) for Emma Mullin, Aoife Hanahoe(Straid & Foxford) for Katie Walsh, Annie Lynskey(Kilmore) for Aoife Herbert.
wilton 2 - 2 mayo (2 -3 aet)
On a dark wet grey weekend at the end of October 2006 mayo took the long trip to cork to play wilton in the wfai ¼ final senior cup.
The wilton pitch was unplayable so they played in bishoptown.
Wilton started the better and were winning midfield and had the mayo defence under pressure from the start.
Wilton passed the ball better while mayo struggled to keep up with the pace of the game and thanks to good defending from karan lilly, michelle ruane, aine mclean and Annette Gallagher they could have been ahead.
But if wilton where winning midfield mayo were holding their own in other parts of the pitch and when emma mullin broke free of her marker only to see her shot rebound off the wilton keeper mags cummins and be cleared by wilton defence.
The next time emma broke her marker dee callanan make sure she would not score by fouling her in the penalty area the ref had no option but to award a penalty to mayo, up stepped mullin to place the ball in the top corner of the net mayo were one nil up against the run of play.
Wilton created chance also but were been forced to shoot from distance and finding byrne in top form in the mayo goal but she could do nothing about the wilton goal when it came from a free kick out on the left wing hit with perfection by corks youngest player amanda parkes to the mayo net.
Mayo changed the formation then moving michelle ruane to the midfield this had a immediate effect and now mayo were holding wilton to at least 50 50 ball winning
The score stayed 1-1 for the rest of the half with mullin being adjudged off side seven times in the first half twelve times in the coarse of the game some seemed very very tight but she kept the wilton defence on their toes.
Wilton exposed the three player mayo defence when mayos Karen lilly seemed to be pushed and fouled but with no whistle from the ref byrne could only get a touch as the ball hit the back of the mayo net in the 53rd minutes from a strike by essmay mannix this heralded big celebration from the wilton crowd and they must have felt that the could go on and win this game as they up the tempo and so many of the mayo passes going astray in the long cork grass but mayo never gave up and Herbert and mullin chasing everyball but as in the first half they were caught offside too many times.
Mayo introduced patricia coyle for mcnicholas who had run her legs off coping with helping in the back line and midfield they moved Katie walsh to the right wing and coyle to the centre of the field to help marta carter and michelle ruane and with jackie mulligan on the left this gave mayo a big advantage and they began to take control of the game .
cheered on from the mayo bench mayo pressed on and won a free kick in much the same postion as wilton did in the first half michelle ruane took it her trusted right foot struck the ball high in the wilton penalty area the ball could only helped to the back of the wilton net by a wilton head.
That is the way it finished in normal time so the tired teams faced anthor 30 minutes of football it was now down to fitness and mayo showed the better level as they pushed for awinner inspired by Karen lilly who was player of the match mayo put the wilton defence under pressure and the ball was more time over the sideline that in the mayo half of the pitch it was at this point that mayos aoife Herbert came in to her own with her running at a very tired wilton defence and it was from one of these runs that she released emma mullin to finished to the back of the wilton net with seven minutes left. wilton tried to get on level terms this left gaps in wiltons defence but mayo were happy just to hold on to the ball till the end and reach the semi-final of the cup on November 19th.
K.WALSH,M.CARTER,T.MCNICHOLAS,J.MULLIGAN,E.MULLIN,A.HERBERTSUBS: P,COYLE FOR MCNICHOLAS
WILTON: M.CUMMINS, P.KEARNEY,D.CALLANAN,C.KEARNEY,J.HORAN,S.FORDE,S.KELLEHER,A.PARKES,C.COOKE,E.MANNIX,S.EDMUNDS,
SINEAD FORDE TRIED HARDEST FOR WILTON
MAYO BEAT LIFFORD ONE NIL TO REACH THE IRISH CUP FINAL
today in milebush castlebar in atrocious conditions mayo kept their dream of a irish cup alive against lifford of clare.
liford were hoping to repeat the 2002 final showpiece when they lost to ucd but it was not to be.
mayo started the brighter and had the ball in the lifford net after sixteen minutes when for one of the very few times that
emma mullin was allowed space she picked her spot in the top corner from outside the box for a superb goal
and mayo were one nil up.
a few minutes later aoife herbert who had passed a very late fittness nearly doubled the mayo advantage ,but susan mcnamara came out of the lifford goal to narrow the angle and the chance was gone.
lifford gradually eased their way into the game and began to get on top they had their best chance to equalise moments before half time when Jenny Crithley was set free by Lynn Marie Grant and her firm near post effort was tipped away by the Mayo 'keeper Yvonne Byrne.
Lifford ended the first half on the attack and contined the second half on the same vein. but were finding the Mayo defenders equal to their efforts which most of them from long range. Aine McLean was coping with Jenny Crithley very well but Lifford were controlling midfield until the introduction of Patricia Coyle to midfield this gave Martha Cartha more support and indeed Martha nearly scored in the 75th minute but her shot when over the bar. Lifford introduced their two subs Lynsey McKee and Alison Roche but they had little or no effect on the game.
mayo lead by michelle ruane got stronger in the last fifteen minutes with vice-captain karen lilly cuting out any danger from mary tierney,irene hehir or jenny critchley.
so as time ticked away mullin came back to the center of the park and mayo were on their way to dublin for a date with ucd in the wfai cup final.
disapointing for the lifford with their larger support but they can be proud of the run they had in this years cup beating dundalk,the combined counties and the cork league. as the rain poured down in castlebar the mayo teams senior cup adventure continues. the lifford team and management wished mayo the very best of luck in the final .
the mayo league would like to thank the milebush committee, jeremy dee,midwewst radio,cathy jennings,all the local papers,aiden flatley and all the people that turned out and hope they can join them again on saturday december 2nd in richmont park in dublin @7 o'clock to see mayo lift their first senior cup.
A beautifully chipped goal by Aoife Herbert after 10 minutes was good enough to see the Mayo League side win the Irish Women's Senior Cup Final for the first time over the much fancied U.C.D. side in Richmond Park tonight.
U.C.D. 0 Mayo League 1
A brilliantly taken goal after 10 minutes saw Mayo win this Irish Cup for the first time. Mayo had to survive a second half onslaught from the U.C.D. side in wet and windy Richmond Park.
This was a performance of character and guts by a Mayo side that were not going to be beaten on the night. There were many fine individual performances, but this was an overall team display of sheer endeavour.
Mayo started of somewhat tentatively, and maybe showed a bit too much respect for their more illustrious opponents. U.C.D. with more or less a country pick of the best talent around, displayed many fine footballing qualities, but just did not have the firepower up front to finish off some fine moves. On the other hand, a fine Mayo defensive unit led by Karen Lilly at the back never really allowed the U.C.D. front runners too much time or space on the ball to really test Yvonne Byrne in the Mayo goal - they had to settle for long range efforts for most of the game despite their dominance.
Mayo's first attempt on goal arrived after 8 minutes when Emma Mullin latched on to a rebound from her original free kick to shave the cross bar and go over. Mayo's golden goal was scored after ten minutes when the hard working Katie Walsh set up Aofe Herbert - Herbert ran at the U.C.D. goal from 50 yards, and with the goalkeeper advancing she chipped over her to score what turned out to be the winner. Despite a lot of midfield possession U.C.D. were restricted to long range efforts which were dealt with capably by the Mayo custodian, and some poor finishing.
Mayo had one further chance in the opening period when Aoife Herbert set up Emma Mullin after 32 minutes, but the U.C.D. goalkeeper did well to save her effort. Despite U.C.D's dominance, Mayo were always dangerous and threatening on the counter attack with both Aoife Herbert's pace, and the guile and skill of Emma Mullin causing havoc in the U.C.D. defence whenever they attacked.
The second period could only be described as an never ending onslaught from U.C.D. with the vast amount of the play being dominated by U.C.D. - once again they were unable to penetrate a resolute Mayo defence. Mayo held out, to be crowned champions for the first time.
Report from F.A.I. website:-
Mary Walsh Cup, Group 3, Round 1
Kilmore Ladies 2, Ballina Town Ladies 1.
Kilmore Ladies caused a major upset when they defeated Ballina Town Ladies by two goals to one in Drum on Sunday last. What made this an even bigger upset was that Kilmore played the entire game with only nine players and the fact that only two weeks earlier Ballina had beaten them by nine goals to nil.
The game itself was played in atrocious conditions with Kilmore playing into the strong wind in the first half. Kilmore started much the better as Ballina failed to make their numerical advantage count and on ten minutes they took the lead when the two Ballina
defenders failed to deal with a long freekick and Annie Lynsky nipped in between them to take control of the ball and she skillfully rounded the keeper and slotted the ball into the empty net. This goal came as a wake up call Ballina and they started to play much
better, and came close to equalizing on numerous occasions but the Kilmore defence were proving difficult to breakdown. When Ballina did manage to get by them Sheila Thompson was in terrific form in the Kilmore goal making some excellent saves to deny Aofie Herbert, Patricia Coyle and Jackie Mulligan.
Just three minutes before half-time Thompson was finally beaten and on this occasion. There was nothing she could do to stop another stunning strike from Herbert, which was equal to the brilliant goal she got for Mayo to win the F.A.I. Cup. This time she picked the ball up just outside the area, turned her marker and fired the ball beyond Thompson and right into the top corner to level the scores at half-time.
Everyone would now have expected Ballina to push on and score two or three more in the second half but Kilmore came out fighting and would not give them any time on the
ball. Most of the second half was played in Kilmore's half with Ballina using the wings to great effect but they just could not find that telling cross to give them the lead.
Kilmore still looked dangerous -on the break and on forty-five minutes they got back into the lead. The tireless Sharon Burke played a long ball out of defence, which was flicked over the defence by Dana Barrett where Annie Lynsky was first to the ball and
she outpaced everybody to get one on one with the keeper but her first shot was well saved by Aine McLean but Lynsky was first to the rebound and she placed the ball into the corner and beyond the reach of McLean to the delight of her teammates.
From then on Ballina had all of the possession, as you would expect with their numerical advantage but Herbert, Coyle and Mulligan all spurned good chances of
leveling the scores and Kilmore held on to record a famous victory.
Their defence was led by Breege Thompson who had an excellent game and she was aided well by her defensive partners especially Rachael Barrett. In front of them Sharon Burke, Annette Gallagher and Brid Murphy never stopped running while Annie Lynsky pace meant she was able to take the only two chances she got to help her team over the finish line. Patricia Coyle, Jackie Mulligan, Marlyn McHale and Aoife Herbert were best for Ballina.
1.S. Thompson, 2.A. Gallagher, 3.B. Thompson, 4.E. O'Malley, 5.B. Murphy, 6.R. Barrett, 7.D. Barrett, 8.S. Burke, 10.A. Lynsky.
1.A. McLean, 2.A. Carr, 3.A. Roddy, 4.N. Leonard, 5.E. Golding, 6.E. Ferrick, 7.M. McHale, 8.P. Coyle, 9.C. Lynn, 10.A.Herbert, 11.J. Mulligan. Subs Used: 14. O. McCafferty.
Ref: J. Donoghue.
Report by Kieran Gallagher
Westport: Collette Ryan, Aileen Keane, Mary Mulchrone, Claire O'Grady, Claire Mortimer, Linda Barrett, Noreen Walsh, Ann Heraty, Mary Gill, Sinead Hastings, Linda Cameron.
Subs used: Helen Mulhall, Karen Warde, Roisin Scanlon.
Ballinrobe: Denise Horan, Gemma Naughton, Mary McGrath, Majella Forde, Joyce O'Hara, Gemma Feerick, Marie Flanagan, Aine Casey, Joanne Walsh, Niamh Hennelly, Patricia Moran.
Subs used: Maeve-Ann O'Reilly, Aisling Concannon, Cora Staunton, Jacqueline Moran.
Mary Walsh Cup