Anna Grant to the rescue in tight league encounter

Another hard fought encounter yet again against Corrib Rangers tested the ladies mental toughness on Sunday last on a beautiful sunny May day. The last time these 2 sides met, a solitary goal separated them so our lassies knew going into the 2nd round leg that a positive attitude was required and they’d have to be prepared for another fight similar to that in Round 1. The Corrib Rangers pitch was like a carpet playing surface contrary to that played in the first round leg in Colemanstown in early April when we could have facilitated the run-a-muck competition. Both teams were matched in size and strength and so a tough battle ensued as an equal share of possession was obvious in the first half and it looked like neither team would manage to master the other. There were no real goal chances for either team in the first half, only half chances as both sides snuffed out each other in a high intensity game. 0-0 at the break. In the second half Colemanstown’s hunger for victory was slightly more prevalent than their counterparts as they applied a bit more pressure and therefore were slightly more to the fore. Our defence again proved difficult to penetrate as there was an even contribution from all our players. In the 2nd half player manager Kara Mullins redeployed some players in different positions and roles which proved great effect. Anna Grant snatched a late late victory with a last gasp goal for an important hard earned 3 points, the only real chance of the game. A free kick floated in from Grainne Barrett was swung in to the danger area but as Tessa Mullins half connected, the ball fell kindly to Grant who drove the ball to the right of a hapless keeper. This was a high tempo game all through but every player did just what was required of them to earn all 3 points. Panel: Rachel King, Alisha Flannery, Grainne Barrett, Emma Roche, Shauna Ward, Mary Mellody, Kara Mullins, Tessa Mullins, Catherine Burke, Natasha Finn, Anna Grant, Sarah O’Connell, Chloe Roche, Orla McCaffrey, Ruth Dempsey and Leanne O Donovan. Our ladies play Shiven Rovers on May 29th, in what promises to be another close tough encounter while our A team play NUIG in their second last game of the season on Sunday next at 11am in Dangan.