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U16 Ladies Championship

posted 27 Apr 2015, 14:26 by Athlone GAA

Athlone v Kilbeggan/St. Josephs 

The Athlone U16 girls travelled to Streamstown on Monday 27th April to face Kilbeggan/St Joseph's in the second round of the championship. After losing to Rochfordbridge in their first outing the girls were determined not to have two defeats in a row. Playing on a very poor pitch the girls lost the toss and had to play against the wind in the first half. Add in the very physical approach of the home team and the girls determination to win was to be tested to the limit. Kilbeggan were first to score with two early points. Chloe Moran scored a fine point against the wind but then Kilbeggan added 1-3 without reply to leave the score after 20 minutes at 1-5 to 0-1. It was then that the girls decided they were up for the battle and remarkably Kilbeggan were not to score for the rest of the game. A goal each from Niamh Byrne and Lauryn Mitchell was followed by 1-1 from Lauren O'Connor to give a half time score of Athlone 3-2 Kilbeggan 1-5.

The second half continued as the first had ended with Athlone in almost total control. When Kilbeggan did make it up the field they could not find a way around the Athlone defence with Alannah Reynolds-Duignan in particular giving one of the best defensive displays ever seen in the blue and white. Athlone scored points from Niamh Byrne (2), Nadia Molloy and Grace Halligan and when Brionna Geoghegan and Grace added goals the result was never in doubt and Athlone gave the seven girls who did not start a run out. The final score was Kilbeggan/St Josephs 1-5 Athlone 5-6.

Overall it was a great display and it was to the girls credit that they focused totally on playing football in testing conditions. Apart from Alannah there were great displays from Caoimhe Mannion and Shauna Moylan in defence.  Chloe Moran and Kasey O'Neill dominated midfield and up front Kelly Brill and Lauryn Mitchell in the centre positions won a lot of ball and used it effectively to set up others for scores.

It was a great improvement from the last outing and the effort the girls are putting in at training is paying off.   Roll on Ballycomoyle in two weeks time.

Panel: Aoife Temple, Anna Redmond, Alannah Reynolds-Duignan, Amy Joyce, Amy Earl, Caoimhe Mannion, Shauna Moylan, Kasey O'Neill, Chloe Moran, Lauren O'Connor, Kelly Brill, Niamh Byrne, Brionna Geoghegan, Lauryn Mitchell, Grace Halligan, Amy Brill, Ally Mahon, Kaleigh Mannion, Niamh McGann, Nicole Murray, Kirsty Johnston, Nadia Molloy.

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