Bridge Utd 5
Caragh Celtic 1
Bridge Utd welcomed us to Athy today for what was to be a difficult away test for the girls. Playing against a strong, experienced and well organised opposition the girls were on the back foot for most of the opening quarter and found themselves at a two goal disadvantage quite quickly. After five minutes an attack down the left paid dividends for the opposition and then again just minutes later the ball sneaked over the line from an opposition corner.
Chances were difficult enough to come by for our forward pairing today of Anna O’Donovan and Orlagh Fitzpatrick and shots from both were saved by the experienced Bridge keeper. The midfield of Eimear Ward, Lauren Nolan and Grace Kielty worked their socks off and battled hard for every ball in front of Honor O’Donovan, Sally Kielty, Ellie Murphy and Aoife Kane in defence and all were involved in some lovely link up play while under huge pressure from the opposition.
Bridge went 3-0 ahead when an attacking move down the right ended with the ball in the back of our net. Our girls heads never went down and they had a few half chances in the dying minutes of the first half the best of which saw an on form bridge keeper again deny Orlagh Fitzpatrick.
The girls started the second half very well and this time it was their turn to pile on the pressure. In the opening minutes Orlagh and Grace both had decent shots saved. Leah Fleming had now joined the midfield and she had an instant impact on the game also having a shot on goal saved. The girls had the majority of possession in the second half but were to be punished by two quick breaks by Bridge Utd. The first of which was actually their first attack and came after almost 15 mintues into the half. Our girls still had the majority of the play and keeping the pressure on got their reward when Leah Fleming playing on the right of midfield passed the ball to Anna O’Donovan and she cut inside the defence and struck the ball low and hard into the right hand corner of the opposition net.
Whenever the girls managed to breach the opposition defence the experienced bridge keeper kept them at bay and in the dying mintues saved shots from Leah and Orlagh to finish the game at 5-1 to Bridge Utd.
Anna O’Donovan, Eimear Ward, Honor O’Donovan, Leah Fleming, Ellie Murphy, Grace Kielty, Sally Kielty, Orlagh Fitzpatrick, Lauren Nolan, Aoife Kane.