Kilmeena Junior ladies took on the Balla ladies in the last round of the Frank Kelly Memorial League on Friday 30th June. Balla were the table toppers and the only undefeated team left in the league.
Balla started very strong cutting through the Kilmeena defence with their running game, showing exactly why the are undefeated. It took the Kilmeena ladies a while to settle into the game but they slowly started to get the better of Balla. Points from Shannon Bourke, Ciara Joyce, Lisa Hastings and Katie Hogan had the ladies ahead before a superb palmed in goal from captain Julia Sztejner had the ladies ahead by 1-08 to 0-02 at half time. However, but for a high wides tally by Balla and a few brilliant saves from Ellen O’Toole and a clearance off the line by Maureen Joyce, it could have been a very different story.
Balla were stronger in the second half and managed to rattle the Kilmeena net, but once again a high wides tally proved to be very costly. Points from Shannon Bouke and 2 pointed frees from Ciara Joyce helped keep Kilmeena ahead. Our Polish exPat Aine Regan made a welcome return off the bench in the second half. A hard fought but well earned win for the Kilmeena ladies.