Ladies Season 2010

Tadhg MacCarthaigh Ladies Season 2010

The Tadhg MacCarthaigh ladies are now approaching the end of a relatively successful season. After much success last season, with the ladies clinching both the Junior C West Cork and County championships, the ladies suffered a number of squad set backs early in the year. Retirements, travel commitments and injury succeeded in depleting the squad numbers significantly. With the ladies moving up a grade to Junior B and with a reconstructed squad, there was sense that perhaps the champagne would be held over for another season. None the less the Caheragh ladies equipped themselves well in the early stages of the West Cork league and booked their place in the league semi final against Banteer. In what would become the ladies trade mark for the season,

Caheragh once again began this game in very lethargic fashion while their opponents quickly went about putting points on the board. Coming into the game little was known about the Banteer side but within the first fifteen minutes the ladies from Caheragh were made all too aware of their strong footballing skills. In the end Banteer were comfortable winners on a final score of 3.14 to 1.3. After such a disappointing showing the Tadhg MacCarthaigh girls put the head down and trained hard for the fast approaching championship. The ladies commenced their hunt for county championship silverware with a first round tie against Mitchelstown. The Caheragh ladies raced through that encounter and the next against Carrigaline, to set up a mouth watering semi final encounter with Courcey Rovers. Caheragh have a little history with Courcey Rovers, they were one the first teams that the Tadhg MacCarthaigh ladies played when they first set up the club just almost three years ago. As one can imagine Caheragh we well beaten on that day, so Caheragh have always viewed Courcey's as a benchmark of sorts. After a wonderfully exciting game Caheragh secured a last gasp goal to emerge victorious on a scoreline of 2.06 to 2.05. Incredibly and at times despite our own best efforts for the second consecutive year the Tadhg MacCarthaigh ladies had reached the county final. The ladies now faced into the county Junior B championship final as underdogs against a much fancied Watergrasshill. Watergrasshill were last years county runners up in this Junior B grade and with a number of inter-county Cork Senior B players on their panel, it was huge test for Caheragh.

However, what transpired was a nightmare for Tadhg MacCarthaigh ladies. With a typically slow start, Caheragh leaked three goals in first ten minutes that knocked them for six and the tie as a contest was really over after the first half. Perhaps it was the size of the audience and the grandeur of the facilities in C.I.T. that overwhelmed Tadhg MacCarthaigh's, as they never played to their full potential and things just didn't go their way. None the less Watergrasshill were such a classy outfit, very experienced in this grade and thoroughly deserved their victory on a scoreline of 4-14 to 2.05. While never threatening on the day, the ladies from Tadhg MacCarthaigh's can take huge pride in reaching the final of the Junior B grade after only making the step up this season from the Junior C grade. As season three of the very new Tadhg MacCarthaigh ladies club nears a conclusion two county finals in three years is not a bad return.

The Tadhg MacCarthaigh ladies season concluded last Sunday, 31st October when the ladies took on Kinsale in the West Cork championship final in Rossmore. In dreadful weather conditions the Tadhg MacCarthaigh ladies got off to a good start with a number of early scores to ease themselves into the tie and were looking good at half time with a two point cushion. Nonetheless the old chestnut of a game of two halves made a credible appearance when Kinsale upped the ante in the second half. In a spellbinding ten minute period after the break, Kinsale capitalised on Caheragh's unease with the conditions and rattled off some well taken scores. To their credit Tadhg MacCarthaigh's rallied and were unfortunate not to get a greater return for their endeavours but it was not to be. Kinsale won on a final scoreline of 4-13 to 5-5.

The club began the development of an U.14 girl's team this season also. Spearheaded by Eileen McCarthy and James O'Donovan, the girls showed great spirit and potential to reach the quarter final of their league. However, after the great early success the first round of the championship against a well established Rosscarbery proved too much. None the less the girls did themselves and the club proud in their inaugural season.

Within the tough current economic climate fundraising was difficult to maintain. However, the ladies major event this year was a solothon from the clubhouse to a local pub and keen supporters of the ladies club -The Coachman's Inn. The distance between both is seven miles and the club gains sufficient supporters and well wishers to maintain the club for the year.


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