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U14 Girls: Athlone v Mullingar Shamrocks

posted 11 Jun 2014, 14:46 by Athlone GAA   [ updated 11 Jun 2014, 14:47 ]
Tuesday, 10th June
U14 Girls Championship
Athlone v Mullingar Shamrocks

Athlone u14 girls played their second championship match of the year when we travelled to take on Mullingar Shamrocks on Tuesday 10th June. We had won our previous match against St Lomans and we had also won our opening two league games so we were anxious to continue our good form. The conditions on the night were very poor and parts of the game were played in torrential rain. Athlone started brightly and dominated play for the first five minutes but despite a number of clear scoring chances we only managed one point from them. Then Shamrocks took control of the game and dominated in all areas of the field. They seemed to be able to score at will and Athlone put up very little resistance and they scored 3-4 without reply over the next twenty minutes. The final score of the half was a point for Athlone which left the score line at 3-4 to 0-2 at the break.

It seemed that we were in for a very heavy defeat but what ever happened in the dressing room at half time worked wonders and it seemed as if a new team came out for the second half. We won the throw in and scored 1-2 without reply and every player was winning her own individual contest with her opponent. But then Shamrocks were awarded a very soft free and from the resultant kick the ball ended in the back of the net to knock us back and still leave Athlone 9 points behind. However the girls were up for the contest and driven on by Brionna Geoghegan in particular we gained complete control of the game. A steady string of scores from Grace Halligan and Brionna Geoghegan along with great defending ensured that we were back in the game and we finally went ahead with a goal from Niamh McGann. We had some nervous moments towards the end of the game but the defence was not to be beaten and at the final score we won the game on a scoreline of 3-9 to 4-4.

On a very wet pitch and with the driving rain making conditions very difficult, great credit must go to both teams for the quality of play, the determination to succeed and the sportsmanship displayed. We must congratulate our girls on a fantastic comeback but they were made aware by their mentors that they will have to play for the full game if they are to succeed in the later stages of the competition. The next game is a league match in Pairc Chiarain on Tuesday 17th June.

Team: Kirsty Johnston, Nicole Murray, Alannah Reynolds (capt), Shannon Hynes, Amy Earl, Blessing Imade, Anna Redmond, Ally Mahon, Nadia Molloy, Amy Brill, Kelly Brill, Brionna Geoghegan, Grace Halligan, Ashley Cuffe, Niamh McGann, Aoife Temple, Wiktoria Sewerniak, Amy Joyce, Aimee Reilly.