U14 Match Report Shelmalier V Kilmore 1-4 to 1-1
We had lost our previous match to the Martins, having won the previous four handsomely. Therefore it was with a certain determination to recover lost ground that we headed south on a sunny evening which was perfect for football. We had some enforced positional changes on the team due to holidays and injuries, so either way this game was going to be a learning experience.
The first half was a strange experience – we beat Kilmore all ends up but just could not score! Passes went astray at crucial moments, wrong decisions were taken, the wide count increased – the frustration mounted as the half went on. It was alleviated somewhat when Geraldine Doolan pointed a free but we went in at half time leading on the unlikely score of 0-1 to 0-0! The weird thing was that despite the lack of scores, we had played some lovely football all over the field.
We got hit early with a sucker punch – one of those looping shots that went over Chloe Mahon’s head in the goal. However the girls gritted their teeth and redoubled their efforts. Kilmore were only to score one more point as we started to reel them in. Points from the ever-lively Clíodhna Flynn and a cracker from Kate Stafford, a young panel member who is fast turning into a very useful forward, brought us close before Maeve Doyle finished off a fine passing movement with a well-taken goal. We were now ahead, but had to survive some hairy moments in front of our goal before Clíodhna finished it off with a clinching point.
There were some great performances in this game. Our backs were heroic right through. Róisín Tobin was a tower of strength at full back – she read the game well and distributed cleverly. Deputising at centre-back was Éadaoin Fitzgerald, who never put a foot wrong. The two wing backs, Róisín Doolan and Enya Byrne were outstanding – they worked the ball out of defence smartly and tackled tigerishly. Linzi Lanigan, just back from injury, defended strongly while in the other corner Aoife Birney had an absolute blinder.
Clíodhna and Geraldine were their usual energetic selves in the middle – they drive the team with huge energy and no little skill. Up front Kate Stafford and Leanne Corrigan took the game to Kilmore and showed the backs a clean pair of heels on many occasions! Jessie Harding and Siobhán Doolan made strong contributions while Marcella, Maeve and Amy worked very hard.
Team: Chloe Mahon, Linzi Lanigan, Róisín Tobin, Aoife Birney, Enya Byrne, Éadaoin Fitzgerald, Róisín Doolan, Clíodhna Flynn, Geraldine Doolan, Leanne Corrigan, Marcella Furlong, Amy Doyle, Kate Stafford, Maeve Doyle, Jessie Harding, Ruth O’Gara, Siobhán Doolan.