U14 Team have a great day out at Kilmacud Crokes 7 a sides

Shelmalier Girls travelled by bus to Stillorgan on Saturday September 26th to take part in the Seven’s competition, which was hosted by the Kilmacud Crokes Club. The panel of ten girls that travelled were,

Gemma McCabe (Captain for the day), Ciara Corrigan, Ciara Roche, Megan McIntosh, Dervla Potter, Roisin Tobin, Geraldine Doolin, Marcella Furlong, Becky Hayes and Aoidhaoin Fitzgerald. Niamh Doyle who is injured and Gemma Fox,reserve, also travelled with the group and were both a great help during the day.  Mary Doyle and Brenda Fox were the mentors.

In the first game, Shelmaliers played Banner Ladies from Clare at 10.30 in Silverpark, and they played St Josephs of Fermanagh in the second game at 11.30.  In both of these the girls were unfortunately defeated, however we had some good defensive play by Ciara Roche and fine scores by Gemma McCabe, Marcella Furlong, Ciara Corrigan, Roisin Tobin and Becky Hayes.  The third game at 12.30 was played against St Mary’s of Sligo. The Shelmalier girls put on a brilliant display with a 6-3 to 4-2 victory with scores coming from Gemma McCabe, Geraldine Doolan, Ciara Corrigan and Marcella Furlong, and in goal Dervla Potter made some fine saves.

This meant the team qualified for the Plate Competition, into the knock outs, so in round 4 they played St Martins of Louth.  On a similar scoreline the Shels girls were victorious 6-3 to 3-2.  Megan McIntosh made some lovely runs up the side line and laid off passes which resulted in scores and Aoidhaoin Fitzgerald defended exceptionally well. Marcella scored 0-1, Gemma McCabe 4-1 (8-4 for the day) and Geraldin Doolan scoring 2-1 did trojan work all over the pitch.

Now the team had to go straight on to the next pitch to play the Quarter Finals and due to them having practically no break at all were unable to rise to the occasion. They were defeated by a well rested Clonmel Commercials team, but did the club proud on the day.  Mary and Brenda were very proud of the whole group, the panel and helpers behaved extremely well and wore the club colours with honour.  An enjoyable days was had by all in the Sunshine.

Thanks to the girls for travelling to represent Shelmalier Ladies Football Club, thanks to their parents for having them well turned out in Hollymount at 7am and to Mary Doyle for her tireless work throughout the day, and always.

Brenda Fox