Bohemians claim Umbro Women’s Junior Cup
Bohemian FC today (Sunday) defeated Limerick’s Kilmallock FC 1-0 to claim the FAI Umbro Women’s Junior Cup in Jackman Park, Limerick. A goal from Amie Sinclair in the 62nd minute was enough to seal the victory against a resilient Kilmallock side who could have scored a number of goals late-one, were it not for the heroics of Bohemian keeper, Carol Hanna.
Kilmallock United started the game the stronger of the two sides and they had a number of opportunities to take the lead with efforts from Republic of Ireland international, Marie Curtin and Sineád O’Riordan.
Kilmallock United winger, Jenny Cleary had the games first real scoring opportunity as she collected the ball on the right wing and she made a darting run down the flank before cleverly cutting inside Bohemians box but her effort was comfortably saved by Carol Hanna in goal.
Despite all of Kilmallock’s dominance in the early period of the game, it was Bohemians who finished the first half more strongly and they had a number of glorious chances to open the scoring with chances falling to captain, Rachel McLoughlin and Sinéad O’Kelly. In the 41st minute, McLoughlin was well placed inside the box as she connected with a cross from the left but her volley was blocked for a corner by defender, Anne O’Dea.
Two minutes later, Sineád O’Kelly capitalised on a poor kick-out by Kilmallock keeper, Janice O’Connell and as she ran through on goal, the influential central defender, Mary Purcell recovered just in time, rushing O’Kelly into a shot which went to the left and wide.
In a furious opening to the second half, it was Limerick’s Kilmallock who first came close to opening the scoring with the ever-dangerous, Marie Curtin shooting inches over the Bohemian’s bar from her free-kick from 25 yards out.
Bohemians scored the winning goal of the game in the 62nd minute when a hopeful long-ball was played up to Kilmallock’s box and as Aisling Ryan failed to control the ball, it allowed Bohemians midfielder, Amie Sinclair to nick in ahead of her marker and she coolly slotted the ball past Janice O’Connor, giving the keeper no chance.
Kilmallock, however almost struck back instantly as Jenny Cleary rattled the Bohemains post with keeper, Carol Hanna stranded.
Kilmallock’s Marie Curtin should have scored two outstanding goals late-on were it not for two exceptional saves from Carol Hanna. The Bohemian FC keeper was on-hand to deny Curtin in the 70th minute when she palmed away a powerful goal-bound free-kick from 20 yards and in the 86th minute, she was to be Kilmallock’s nemesis once again as Curtin unleashed a cracking first time strike from 10 yards but Hanna again saved to deny the Republic of Ireland international and ensure that Bohemian’s claimed the FAI Umbro Women’s Junior Cup.
Kilmallock United: Janice O’Connell, Aedin Hayes, Anne O’Dea, Mary Purcell, Aisling Ryan, Claudia Hudner, Sineád O’Riordan, Marie Curtin (C), Becky Hand, Vicky McMahon, Jenny Cleary.
Substitutes: Stella Stapleton, Genille Conway, Sineád Hayes, Roisín Howard, Lisa Noonan, Catherine Coleman, Marguerite Freney.
Bohemians: Carol Hanna, Michelle Martin, Jessica O’Brien, Amy O’Connor, Maryam Carpenter, Cheryl Cooney,
Rachel McLoughlin (C), Kerrie Deegan, Sineád O’Kelly, Stacey Nesbitt, Amie Sinclair.
Substitutes: Noelle Francis, Elaine Doyle, Carol Doyle, Holly Lane, Rachel Dooley, Laura Fitzpatrick, Domonique Creighton.
Referee: Ken Gorman.