Meanwhile another feast of football was taking place in Bective where the Masita Ladies Senior semi finals took place earlier on Saturday. A well drilled and superb Simonstown ran out convincing winners against old rivals Boardsmill. The final score was Simonstown 1-19 Boardsmill 1-4. From 1 to 15 plus subs used this was the Navan girls day. The Cassidy sisters were the Three Degrees as they spun their magic in the sunshine. Strength combined with skill was their calling cards.
Niamh Lister led from the centre, spraying out lasses, surging runs and disrupting any fight back by the Boardsmill Ladies. Inside at full forward Jackie Shiels masterminded and coaxed the best out of Harris, Nesbitt and Greer. Full back Fitzgerald along with Katie Bellew were class personified. Mollie Byrne was sprung from the bench and kicked four glorious points. If you have a sub the calibre of Eva Wardick then you have some squad. Not to be outdone Naoise De Graaff in goal went full length to keep out a goal bound rocket.
The loss of Karley Leavy and Laura Dempsey was a burden Boardsmill couldn’t afford. Whilst they all tried hard and battled to the end, there was only going to be one winner and that was the Sky Blue band. As I said semi finals are for winning and Simonstown had the bit between the teeth from the off. Boardsmill will reflect and regroup. That’s what all good teams do.
The second semi final was between surprise packet Seneschalstown and Oldcastle. The north Meath girls were warm favourites going into this match. But Seneschalstown marched to their own tune. The final score and in their favour was 0-14 to 1-8. Goals don’t always win games! When we talk Seneschalstown we talk Stacey Grimes but Saturday’s performance introduced us to the Sheridan and Monaghan girls along with impressive performances from corner back Clarke and Commons in the corner amongst others. And of course Ms
Perpetual Motion, Stacey who weighed in with 0-8 points.
Seneschalstown laid down the foundation in a wind assisted first half. Moving slickly and at speed. One Sheridan at midfield had the uncanny knack of finding the other at full forward with long deliveries. Stacey Grimes embroidered the match with frees and powerful runs assisted by her lookalike at number 10 Orla Finnegan. Five of the Oldcastle starting forwards scored but it wasn’t enough. The freshness and hunger Seneschalstown brought with them doused the good efforts of Oldcastle despite solid work by midfielder Orla Smith and half forward Chloe McNamee.
Oldcastle went in search of scores and near the death brought the game back to a point but commendable calmness and brave running by the aforementioned Stacey and Sheridan’s saw the Blue and Gold clad ladies over the line with three points to spare. It was a merited victory. Onward to a final versus Simonstown, a battle between the two new currencies in Meath. For Oldcastle it’s back to the drawing board once more but with talent like Smith, Coyle and Healy a speed merchant at number 15, they will be back again next season.
The final should be a cracker. The Masita Senior Final will take place on Saturday October 13th at 4pm in Ashbourne GAA Club. Best of luck to both teams.