Westmeath LGFA U12 (Division C) Semi-Final

posted 16 Sep 2018, 13:36 by Matthew Ryan

The Downs 0-3    Garrycastle 7-3

Our under 12 side recorded a comprehensive victory over The Downs in the C semi-final to earn a place in the final against Shandonagh. As The Downs had topped their group they had home advantage for this game. However, the Garrycastle girls took off right from the start, dominating most positions, and scores from Hazel Donegan, Jessica Frawley, Moya McKiernan, Kacey Mulvihill and Lara Ellen Keena McDaid, gave them a healthy lead of 3-2 to 0-3 at half time. 

The second half saw the same pattern continue and four more goals saw Garrycastle safely through to the final. Kaleigh Clyne in goals pulled off excellent saves when called upon but she was got great protection from defenders Rihanna Lowe, Emma Connaughton and Erin McHugh who kept the pressure on The Downs forwards all through, putting in great tackles and holding the opposition scoreless in the second half. Emma Connaughton and Gemma Duffy were strong in the half back line driving the ball up the field. Our midfield pairing of Jessica Frawley and Kacey Mulvihill worked tirelessly with some excellent one twos and feeding the ball in well to Hazel Donegan whose finishing was exemplary. The other forwards were superb passing the ball well and taking their scores with Moya McKiernan doing particularly well. The many under 10s on the squad showed great determination and no fear in defending and passing and will have learned so much from this championship run. 

Congratulations to all the players and management on this achievement particularly when early in the year the team was struggling to field but the persistence shown by all involved has paid off. The final is presently fixed for the weekend 29/30th September, full details yet to be confirmed. Best of luck to all. 

Squad: Kaleigh Clyne, Rihanna Lowe, Emma Connaughton, Erin McHugh, Grace Costello, Gemma Duffy, Devanshika Sharma, Jessica Frawley, Kacey Mulvihill, Eve Murphy, Kaya O’Halloran, Tanya Stephane, Lara-Ellen Keena McDaid, Moya McKiernan, Hazel Donegan, Mairead McBride, Hannah Ganly, Trudy Quilty and Olwyn Costello.