Under 14 Girls

Post date: Jun 22, 2021 6:40:51 PM

Goldsmith Girls 5-05 Garrycastle 5-09

A real game of two halves here with Garrycastle overcoming a nine point half time deficit to come away from Tang with a memorable win after a very enjoyable encounter. Goldsmiths had the benefit of the stiffish breeze in the first half and they took advantage with a couple of early goals to lead 2-2 to 0-1 at the first water break. Garrycastle were playing well but were showing their inexperience at times and were unable to take advantage of some good attacking positions. The second quarter saw Goldsmiths continue to cause problems for the Garrycastle defence with their direct running and they were unlucky not to come away with more scores while at the other end Garrycastle were starting to find their range and they were able to keep just about in touch at half time trailing 4-3 to 1-3.

The second half was a very different affair with Garrycastle tightening up considerably at the back, with the Kelly twins, Aisling and Cadhla particularly prominent, along with corner backs Rebecca Sleator and Isabella Hogan, and they started to dominate with Goldsmiths having no answer to their driving play with Hazel Donegan leading the way in a superb individual performance, and getting great support in midfield from Eve Murphy and Amelie Henson. Hannah Murray and Megan Doyle were linking up well on the left side of attack while wing backs Lily Mulvihill and Roisin Ni Chluaid were clearing their lines well. Three goals from Hazel Donegan and some classy points from the same player and Sallyann Joyce saw Garrycastle eventually get on level terms midway through the final quarter. After some great opportunities were missed, Garrycastle finally got their noses in front when Chantelle Nestor finished to the net after a goalmouth scramble. The last few minutes were frantic with Goldsmiths making a huge effort to get an equalising goal, with the woodwork, some great goalkeeping from Siobhan Ni Chluaid and then an incredible goal line clearance from Cadhla Kelly keeping the lead intact. There was still time for player of the match Hazel Donegan to get the insurance point as Garrycastle completed an unlikely but well deserved win against very game opponents. Apart from the girls already mentioned every Garrycastle player deserves great credit for playing their part in a battling and energetic team performance.

Garrycastle Squad: LaraEllen Keena, Rebecca Sleator, Aislinn Kelly, Isabella Hogan, Eve Murphy, Cadhla Kelly, Lily Mulvihill, Hazel Donegan (4-5), Chantelle Nestor (1-0), Tanya Stephane, Sallyann Joyce (0-3), Amelie Henson, Marcella Santos, Siobhan NI Chluaid, Emma Blagriff, Megan Doyle, Hannah Murray, Roisin Ni Chluaid, Liane Duffy, Ella Sherringham.