Colga ladies take title in debut season

Colga FC made up for an early exit from the Irish Cup when they claimed this year’s Galway and District Ladies League in their debut season.

The finale to the season was Monday night’s game in Kilcornan when they faced Loughrea FC, and it was the visitors who threatened in the early exchanges.

Goalkeeper Sinead Cosgrove was called on to deny Loughrea before Colga started to take control with Keara Cormican and Nease De Burca De Burca dominating.

The back four of Paula Kelly, Paula Rochford, Mary Heavey and Jenny Linnane supplied the base for all the Colga attacks, helped by the covering and excellent wide play of both Alana Moran and Lisa Casserly. Captain Carol Mannion and Susie Cunningham threatened early, but it was Moran who breached the defence that set them on their way.

In the end Colga ran out comfortable 8 - 0 winners to cap an unbeaten league run. With six wins from seven games and one draw, Colga secured the trophy ahead of Corrib Rangers, who despite a superior scoring tally, were four points adrift.

Having merged with Ashe Rovers, hopes were high from the start of the campaign that Colga would be fighting for the title come the end of the season.

Starting with an away win over Moyne Villa in Headford, Colga went on to claim a 5 - 1 win over local rivals Oranbay 90 before being pushed by newly-established Corrib Rangers 2-1. Fellow title contenders Salthill Devon forced a 4 - 4 draw in the game of the season, before Colga continued their winning ways against St Bernards of Abbeyknockmoy, and Tuam Celtic.

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