Ladies Intermediate Championship 2018
North of Britain
Proudly sponsored by: Wills Brothers (Keep a lookout next Month for our “Meet the Sponsors” features)
John Mitchels 1-12 v 0-09 Glasgow Gaels
Glasgow Gaels 3-10 v 2-06 Oisins
Dunedin Connollys 3-11 v 2-06 Glasgow Gaels
Glasgow Gaels 3-13 v 1-09 Dunedin Connollys
John Mitchels 3-08 v 2-07 Glasgow Gaels
In 2016 the Ladies ended their Junior season on a high. Having just contested the All-Ireland Quarter Final on home soil against a very strong St. Maurs of Dublin, the ladies were full of enthusiasm to face the challenge at Intermediate. However, losing some key players of the summer of 2017 the Gaels failed to record a win in the Championship. With the experience of this level under their belt, the ladies regrouped.
The start of the Championship began with the long trip down to Liverpool where the ladies, depleted in numbers, put up a spirited performance against the impressive John Mitchels squad–fresh off of a British Final win in 2017. There were only 2 kicks of the ball in it in the end and the high-paced game finished John Mitchels 1-12 v 0-09 Glasgow Gaels.
The Scottish League was still for the taking and the girls used their experience of the Liverpool game to put up a massive performance in the League Final. Read more here: http://www.glasgowgaels.com/gaels-ladies-make-history-in-extra-time-epic/
After their impressive League Final win against Dunedin Connollys, the ladies used their momentum to topple a strong Oisins side in their second championship game of the year.
It was the first time the ladies have beaten Oisins in any competitive match-up–having lost out to them in 2015 in the Junior British Final and in every Championship match up in 2017. This year proved different as the Gaels, full of momentum from the League Final recorded a 3-10 to 2-06 victory on their home pitch.
After a long summer break the Gaels were rusty. They made the trip midweek to Edinburgh, where a much improved Connollys side showed their experience and class when they were able to tally a marked victory: Dunedin Connollys 3-11 v 2-06 Glasgow Gaels.
The Gaels weren’t going down easily though and the return fixture in Peterson Park proved a fiery affair. With Connollys talisman foward Caoilfhionn Deeney receiving a yellow card early in the first half, the Gaels used their fire power up front to take a quick lead. The Connollys ladies, with their never say die attitude came roaring back in the second half, making crucial changes to their side, moving Deeney to midfield. Deeney tallied nearly all of Dunedin’s points in the second half–mostly from frees. Final score: Glasgow Gaels 3-13 v 1-09 Dunedin Connollys.
It was all to play for in the final match of the season when John Mitchels made the trip up to Glasgow. The Gaels had everything in their favour– a 1 point advantage in the score difference–leaving it a ‘win and into the All-Britain Semi-Final” situtation. However, it wasn’t to be for the girls when Mitchels hammered the Gaels net three times in the first half. It proved a tough hill to climb as the Gaels worked to claw their way back. Time ran out on the Gaels in the end. Final score: John Mitchels 3-08 v 2-07 Glasgow Gaels.
Although disappointed to not make a semi-final this year, the girls will certainly take the positives away with them as they build for next year.
The Gaels will next see action in the Irish Culture and Heritage Day 7-a-side tournament in Edinburgh on Sept. 22nd.