Caragh Celtic 3
Bridge Utd 6
We welcomed Bridge Utd from Athy for our second girls league match today in the parish field.
Our girls were quickest out of the block and really put it up to our much more experienced opponents. All the attacking in the opening phase of the game came from the home team and we deservedly took the lead when Grace Kielty’s persistence paid off in front of the Bridge goal and the ball was scrambled over the line.
The Caragh girls were in no humour for resting on their laurels and were straight back on the attack and extended our lead through Sarah McGovern when she cleverly slipped the ball under the Bridge keeper from close range.
Sarah shortly after doubled her goal tally for the day to make the score 3-0 to the home team with another cool close range finish.
At the back Anna Dunlea was in fine form in goals again this week sweeping up anything that came her way while in front of her Sally Kielty was marshalling her defence with Eimear and Lauren assisting ably on the flanks.
Honor O’Donovan, Grace Kielty and Leah Fleming all made their first outfield appearances for us today and each put in solid performances for the team.
The Bridge were a strong team and they fought their way back into this game and by half time had brought the score back to 3-2.
The second half really saw the Caragh girls put on the back foot by Bridge. Grace, Anna O and Orlagh worked tirelessly in midfield to keep Caragh in the game but the tough tackling Athy girls didn’t give an inch and gradually wore down our resistance and ran out 6-3 winners.
A tough couple of weeks for Caragh in this girls division having played two of the strongest teams, but great potential has been shown by all the girls in such a short time together as a team. Taking a three goal lead today really had our more experienced opposition wondering what had hit them.
Caragh:Honor O’Donovan, Grace Kielty, Sally Kielty, Aoife Ryan, Lauren Nolan, Anna O’Donovan, Saragh McGovern, Leah McGovern, Eimear Ward, Leah Fleming, Anna Dunlea, Lauren Nolan