The Shelmalier U14’s make it two out of two in their Championship outings to date with wins over Ballyhogue 3-5 to 1-2 and Adamstown 4-12 to 3-9 for full match reports read on
U14 Championship. Match 1, 03 June 2010. Venue: Hollymount. Opposition: Ballyhogue. final score Shaelmalier 3-5 Ballyhogue 1-2
On a fine evening in Hollymount we embarked on our 2010 championship campaign full of hope, in good spirits and with a full panel to pick from. We were however handicapped by the lack of any kind of match practice since the beginning of the season, due to circumstances beyond our control.
The first half was a lively affair, with neither team really dominating. The Shels took an early lead but were reeled back in by a Ballyhogue team powered by a very tricky centre forward who caused problems every time she ran at our defence. The scoring was tit-for-tat for the remainder of the half. Shels led 1-4 to 1-2 at the break, Becky Hayes having raised the green flag in impressive fashion. Róisín Tobin, Clíodhna Flynn, Marcella Furlong and Gemma Fox all chipped in with points.
At half-time the Shels made two important changes – the dynamic Geraldine Doolin came in at centre-back and snuffed out Ballyhogue’s forward threat, and Marcella Furlong moved to centre-forward from where she powered our attack for the second half. The second period was one-way traffic as goals from Marcella and from Leanne Corrigan, and another point from Clíodhna Flynn, who impressed at midfield, saw us over the line on a 3-5 to 1-2 scoreline.
Highlights of the night were Chloe Mahon’s rock solid performance in goal, Éadaoin Fitzgerald’s intelligent play and tireless effort at wing-back, the work-rate and good positional play of Clíodhna Flynn, and the good link play of some of the younger members of the panel such as Megan Murphy, Kate Stafford, Róisín Doolan and Leanne Corrigan.
Team: Chloe Mahon, Megan Murphy, Maeve Doyle, Linzi Lanigan, Éadaoin Fitzgerald, Becky Hayes, Enya Byrne, Clíodhna Flynn, Marcella Furlong, Leanne Corrigan, Róisín Tobin, Róisín Doolan, Amy Doyle, Gemma Fox, Kate Stafford, Siobhán Doolan, Katie McGuire, Sadhbh McCarthy, Aoife Hayes.
U14 Championship. Match 1, 15 June 2010. Venue: Hollymount. Opposition: Adamstown. Final Score Shelmalier 4-12 Adamstown 3-9
With one win under our belt we hoped to consolidate our position with a win over Adamstown in a very warm and sunny Hollymount. With the experience of our first game behind us the starting team featured a number of positional changes.
The Shels opened this game brightly, winning in most positions on the field, although the scores took a while to come. An early Maeve Doyle goal, and points from Marcella Furlong and Róisín Tobin set us up nicely but we then hit a rocky patch when we leaked scores at an alarming rate. A switch involving Róisín Tobin moving to full- back and Enya Byrne going to full-forward worked wonders however and both girls shone in their new positions. We finished the half ahead on a scoreline of 3-8 to 1-5, with goals having come from Geraldine Doolan and Clíodhna Flynn, and good points from Maeve, Geraldine, Róisín Doolan and Marcella.
We continued to thrive throughout the second half. Enya Byrne, now flying at full-forward contributed a goal and a point, while Maeve Doyle and Geraldine Doolan raised the white flag a couple more times. Adamstown came with a late flurry of scores but at that stage the game was over as a contest. Shels won on a 4-12 to 3-9 scoreline.
Notable on the night was the excellent distribution of the ball from goalkeeper Chloe Mahon, a powerhouse of a half-back line of Éadaoin Fitzgerald, Becky Hayes and Gemma Fox, and creative forward play from Róisín Doolan, the excellent Maeve Doyle , the fast-improving Amy Doyle and our new forward discovery, Enya Byrne. Róisín Tobin was very assured at full-back while Linzi Lanigan thrived when she moved to corner-back.
Team: Chloe Mahon, Megan Murphy, Maeve Doyle, Linzi Lanigan, Éadaoin Fitzgerald, Becky Hayes, Enya Byrne, Clíodhna Flynn, Marcella Furlong, Leanne Corrigan, Róisín Tobin, Róisín Doolan, Amy Doyle, Gemma Fox, Kate Stafford, Siobhán Doolan, Katie McGuire, Sadhbh McCarthy, Aoife Hayes, Jessie Harding.