Caragh Celtic 0
Sallins Celtic 2
Sallins Celtic were the visitors to the parish field on what was a bright, cold and frosty day. Our girls were chomping at the bit to get back to footballing ways after the long Christmas break and began brightly in what was to be a well contested match.
In the first half goal chances were hard to come by and neither side were able to benefit from the slim pickings on offer. The experienced Sallins team were well able to apply pressure and at times the defence of Sally Kielty, Ellie Murphy, Aoife Kane, Maeve Magner and Honor O’Donovan were really put to the test. They were able to soak up this pressure however and linking up well with the midfield of Grace Kielty, Leah Fleming, Eimear Ward, Lauren Nolan, Anna O’Donovan and Aoife Ryan went on to gain the upper hand for the last ten minutes of the first half.
This period brought about decent shots from both Leah Fleming and Orlagh Fitzpatrick who saw her looping shot hit the crossbar. The half finished 0 – 0 in what was turning out to be a thrilling encounter.
The second half continued much in the same vein as the first with two teams who were very evenly matched battling hard for the ball and we saw some lovely play from our girls. Orlagh Fitzpatrick, Sarah and Leah McGovern worked tirelessly up front chasing down balls and put excellent pressure on the opposition from the outset but a well marshalled defence kept them at bay for the most part.
At times even bodies were put on the line as Grace, Lauren and Maeve had to retire to the sideline for running repairs. A corner 3 minutes from time caused heartbreak for the girls when a wicked deflection saw the ball end up over the line. There was unfortunately nothing that in-form Anna Dunlea, who had a great game between the sticks, could do to keep it out. With our girls pushing for an equaliser and just as the final whistle was about to be blown Sallins struck again to finish the game 0 – 2.
An unfortunate end to a great game but the girls can take some solace and have pride in the fact that this was probably their best team performance to date.
Honor O’Donovan, Leah Fleming, Ellie Murphy, Orlagh Fitzpatrick, Lauren Nolan, Aoife Kane, Maeve Magner, Anna O’Donovan. Sarah McGovern, Leah McGovern, Anna Dunlea. Eimear Ward, Orlagh Fitzpatrick, Sally Kielty, Grace Kielty.