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Kildysart Ladies U16’s Important Win over Clooney/Quin

posted 27 Apr 2018, 05:55 by Patricia Donnellan   [ updated 27 Apr 2018, 07:38 ]

26/04/2017:  Kildysart Ladies U16 had their first home match of the season yesterday and it proved to be a cracker. It was end-to-end stuff but Kildysart played out of their skins to eventually win the battle against the previously unbeaten Clooney Quin, 3-10 to 3-3.  Two late goals gave Kildysart a cushion in the end but up to then it was a very tight affair. 

Kildysart’s first 3 matches were on the road starting with a comprehensive win under lights in Gurteen v  Doora Barefield B 4-3 to 0-4.  They faced potential table toppers Doonbeg in their next match and came away empty-handed as Doonbeg raided for 3 goals in the second half, Kildysart 0-7 to Doonbeg 3-1.  Next up was Cuil Gaels in Coolmeen and Kildysart came away on top 3-7 to 0-4.  All roads then led to Kildysart where a potential spot in the U16C Cup final was at stake in the 3 way race between Kildysart, Clooney Quin and Doonbeg for the top 2 spots.  A loss for either team would shut out their chance at the cup.  Clooney have all their matches played and Kildysart and Doonbeg both have matches outstanding v Newmarket on Fergus.

Kildysart started brightly and raced into a 4 point lead with Roisin Donnellan (3) and Amy Murphy being on the end of great teamwork that resulted in the scores.  Clooney settled a bit and clawed back 2 points and were relentless in attack but a point from Kyla Foley put 3 between them again.  Goalie Emma Byrne was kept busy throughout the match and made at least 10 saves over the course of 60 minutes for Kildysart.  Clooney never gave up and eventually got passed the defence to goal bringing the sides level at the 27th minute.  Grace Sheerer scored the final point of the half to give Kildysart a 1 point lead at the break, Kildysart 0-6, Clooney 1-2.

A point from play in the opening minutes of the second half saw Clooney draw level again.  Roisin Donnellan slotted the ball between the posts from a difficult angle to put the Blues in front once more and though the match seesawed for the remainder of the half, Kildysart never relinquished their lead.  Kildysart’s first goal came from a run by centre-back Sinead Kelly who offloaded the ball and made no mistake with the return pass.  Kildysart 1-7, Clooney 1-3.  Clooney responded in-kind almost immediately with their 2nd goal to put just the minimum between them again with 10 minutes played.  The teamwork on display was excellent and the full back line of Eabha Garry, who had her best game at this age group, Niamh Moloney and Aoife Cleary were a strong last line of defence.  The speed and attacking prowess of the half-back line of Kelly, Aoife McMahon and Caitlin Casey ensured the ball stayed mostly in the Clooney half.  Points from Emily Leahy, Foley and Murphy stretched the lead to four but there was no stopping the relentless Clooney whose goal in the 22nd minute left just 1 between them, Kildysart 1-10, Clooney 3-3. Clooney had no match for the midfield pairing of Murphy and Foley who won most of the 50/50 balls.  Caiti Donnellan was hoovering up from the half forward line and corner forwards Emma Garry & Grace Sheerer were very involved in the build-up of the scores.  The turning point of the match came in the 27th minute when the breaking Foley passed to the unmarked Leah O’Donnell who took on the goalkeeper to find the back of the net. Kildysart never got complacent and Foley’s goal in the 32nd minute increased the gap to 7 and finished out the game.  Kildysart 3-10, Clooney/Quin 3-3. Referee Barry Kelly.

Kildysart: Emma Byrne, Eabha Garry, Niamh Moloney, Aoife Cleary, Caitlin Casey, Sinead Kelly (1-0), Aoife McMahon, Amy Murphy-captain (0-2), Kyla Foley (1-2), Caiti Donnellan, Roisin Donnellan (0-4), Leah O’Donnell (1-0), Grace Sheerer (0-1), Emily Leahy (0-1), Emma Garry.