Late comeback to late for Caragh girls

Caragh Celtic 2
Monasterevin 5

Monasterevin were the visitors to the Parish field for the 4th match for the newly formed Caragh girls U13s team. The sides were well matched and the first twenty minutes was a cagey affair with even possession and plenty of good quality passing by both teams. Goal chances at 5 minutes in for Leah Fleming and 10 minutes in for Orlagh Fitzpatrick unfortunately went wide on what was a very blustery day with conditions less than ideal for football. The momentum was with the visitors towards the half time break and they breached Caragh’s defence on 25mins and then again with a quick break down the left on the stroke of half time to end the half 0-2 to the visitors.

In another hard fought half the visitors scored two more from scrappy 18 yard box scrambles that Caragh were unable to clear. On a calmer day, Orlagh Fitzpatricks excellent free taking might have found the net, but the wind and the excellent Monastervin keeper thwarted Caraghs efforts for most of the match.  Lauren Nolan who had replaced Leah McGovern in goal had several excellent saves and was under some pressure during the second half. It didn’t look like Caraghs day when the 5th goal went in for the visitors mid way through the second half.

Caraghs fighting spirit was alive and well however and our girls never gave up persuing those elusive goals. Eimear Ward dropped back to help shore up the defence alongside Honor O’Donovan, Aoife Ryan and Ellie Murphy. Sally Kielty, who had ran her heart out and was exhausted by half time had been replaced by her sister Grace for the second half.  The Caragh midfield of Anna O’Donovan and Sarah and Leah McGovern began to find their passing range and were starting to open up the Monasterevin defence. Grace Kielty, capitalising on a rebound, struck the ball low into the visitors net with about 10 minutes remaining. A couple of minutes later she found the back of the net again with another well taken goal chance to leave the score 2-5. Caragh kept up the pressure as the clock ran down and Grace could have made it 3 in the dying minutes but the shot went harmlessly wide. A stern test against a well organised opposition proved too much but only just. Once again plenty of character and resilience on show from the home team.

Orlagh Fitzpatrick, Sally Kielty, Aoife Ryan, Lauren Nolan, Anna O’Donovan, Sarah McGovern, Leah McGovern, Eimear Ward, Honor O’Donovan, Leah Fleming,  Ellie Murphy, Grace Kielty.