Junior B Championship Round 2
Venue: Dunshaughln 17th May 2018 7:45pm.
Half Time : Royal Gaels 4-03 Wolfe Tones 1-01
Full Time : Royal Gaels 5-13 Wolfe Tones 2-02
Referee: Paul Mooney
The second round of the Championship saw Royal Gaels make 6 changes to the starting team from round 1 but the strength in depth is remarkable and this was a fine performance, eventually, from the Dunshaughln girls. It took fully 11 minutes before the first score was registered in this match. While the home side racked up the wides the Tones ladies waited for an opportunity which came when Goalkeeper Lara Reynolds could only parry a shot under pressure into the palms of Wolfe tones Katie Melady for a goal.
The black and amber side needed to stop the rot and immediately up stepped Aoife O’Shea to blast over the bar from a tight angle. Royals full forward Laura Bourke cut the deficit to single point with a a really well struck point . With Eimear Traynor and Molly McNamara now in control in midfield supported by centre half back Sadhbh O’ Muiris and Centre half forward Niamh Curtin this outstanding diamond were creating opportunities for their side with increasing regularity. Brilliant defending and smart running off the ball by Ellie McCarthy and sister Megan were pulling the Tones defence apart.
When Katelyn Doherty tried to take on her marker and get clear the game started to change in her teams favor. Doherty added 2 goals to her teams score whilst Tones chipped over a point to stay in the game. The hard work of Aoife O’Shea eventually paid off when she won ball close in and smashed the ball to the back of the net. Doherty scored her hatrick before Curtin sprinted down the right hand side and hand passed over the bar to give her team a significant 11point half time lead.
Captain Aisling O’Donoghue was playing an intelligent game at corner back as she allowed the Tones’ captain Anna McHugh to play a sweeper role. O’Donoghue pushed forward regularly but always fell back into her half as an extra defender leaving crafty Anna up the field facing the speed merchants of the gaels attack. Sonia Leonard and Hayley Reynolds worked tirelessly to defend their goal but credit to the opposition who broke upfield and scored an excellent goal midway through the second half. The home side kept the score board ticking over though with significant scores coming from Katie Reilly making her Adult Championship debut and then a wonderful team goal started from in front of their own goal and finished by half back Mary McDonagh.
There is a break from championship matches until early July so now it’s both League and the knockout Masita Cup competition which take centre stage.
Royal Gaels:Lara Reynolds, Hayley Reynolds, Sonia Leonard, Aisling O’Donoghue, Mary McDonagh(0-01), Sadhbh O’Muirri, Megan McCarthy, Eimear Traynor, Molly McNamara, Ellie McCarthy, Niamh Curtin ( 0-03), Katie Reilly ( 0-01), Aoife O’Shea ( 1-02), Laura Burke( 0-02), Katelyn Doherty (4-04).
Wolfe Tones: Sinead Blaney, Rachel McGrath, Caroline Hughes, Shauna Sheppard, Alanagh McGarry, Aisling Whelan, Eimear Hubble, Aine Carr, Alanagh Lynch, Aoife McCloskey, Katie Melady, Chloe McKeever, Danielle Keys, Lisa Clarke, Anna Hughes.
Under 14 Division 1 –
Royal Gaels 3 -06 Seneschalstown 4 -06
There was huge disappointment for our Under 14 Division 1 girls this evening as they suffered a narrow defeat to Seneschalstown in their final regulation league game. The Gaels await results elsewhere to determine the playoff places but progression is now unlikely.
Ella Moyles captained the Black & Amber and continued her excellent recent form with two first half goals. Ella and Abby McHugh partnered at midfield for the first time as the home side fielded without Molly O Connor and Leah Sheridan. Abby totally emptied the tank for the cause before coming off late in the game.
The visitors started brightly and an early goal gave them momentum. The Black and Amber settled and it was clear a tense evening was to follow as the sides traded score for score. Two goals from Ella Moyles put the home side ahead with Niamh McEntee, Lauren Brophy and Abby McHugh raising white flags. The Gaels had no shortage of possession but the composed finishing of recent performances was absent as several good chances were wasted to put a gap on the scoreboard.
Elena Kennedy, Niamh McEntee and Emily Manek were excellent for the Gaels through the opening half. As half time approached a big turning point arose when Seneschalstown goaled from a penalty awarded just after Katie Reed had clearly been fouled a moment earlier in possession. The visitors led by a single point at half time 3 – 1 to 2 – 3.
The second half was a repeat of the opening 30 minutes as the Gaels failed to convert from good possession and crucially wasted a number of close in frees. Lauren Brophy pounced on breaking ball to goal from close range. The sides traded points with Niamh McEntee, Abby McHugh and Elena Kennedy scoring for the Black & Amber with Abby’s well struck penalty just going the wrong side of the crossbar. The visitors added some well taken points with some strong ball carrying also resolutely defended by Sarah Maher, Cathy Quinn, Grace Mulvaney and Katie Reed while Ella Dunne made some assured catches and clearances from the home goal.
The crucial score arrived 5 minutes from time as a long range shot from the away side hit the corner of the net. A frantic finish followed as to their credit the Gaels laid siege to the away goal in search of an equalising score. It wasn’t to be however and the final whistle sounded to leave a goal margin between the teams.
Training will continue until 30 May before a short break after which we will regroup to prepare for the great honour of hosting Feile Peile na nOg 2018 from 29 June to 1 July.
Thanks to all who came to support the girls. ‘Hon the Gaels !!
Scorers – Ella Moyles 2-0, Lauren Brophy 1-1, Niamh McEntee 0-2, Abby McHugh 0-2, Elena Kennedy 0-1
Royal Gaels Under 14 Division 1 v Seneschalstown – Ella Dunne, Grace Mulvaney, Sarah Maher, Katie Reed, Cathy Quinn, Zita Fox, Rachel Fraher, Abby McHugh, Ella Moyles, Niamh McEntee, Lauren Brophy, Elena Kennedy, Eabha Byrne, Abbie Blake, Emily Manek, Chloe McLoughlin, Abbie Roche
Royal Gaels v Gaeil Cilmcilles U16 Div 2
Full Time Result Royal Gaels 3-10 Gaeil Colmcilles 2-09
Half Time Result Royal Gaels 1-06 Gael Colmcilles 0-05
Venue Dunshaughlin 8.15pm
A superb game to watch from a spectators view in which both teams gave their all. A nervy start for both with missed chance at both ends before Cilles opened the score with a well worked point. Scores where match before a high ball in from Meadhbh Byrne dipped under the bar for the first goal of the game which helped give the Gaels a nice lead at half time 1-06 to 0-05.
The second half began with both teams challenging every tackle and loose ball that came their way and where toe to toe before a 30 yard dash by Meadhbh Byrne around the Colmcilles defence to stick the ball in the back of the net and give her side a lead of 6points. But the Colmcilles girls never gave up and when Royal Gaels went down to 14 after a sin bin incident it turned the momentum of the game for a period and after some stern defending from the backline and super clearances from keeper Shauna Summerville Colmcilles where back in the fight with two well taken Goals. Both teams pushed to their limits and with Mentors and Spectators living on their nerves a Smashing Gaol from Clara MacCanna restored some balance in the Royal Gaels play to help them see out the game as the final whistle blew on a scoreline of 3-10 to 2-09 in favour of the home side. Well done to both side , super game.
Royal Gaels Team
Shauna Summerville, Nicole Fairbrother, Leah Sheridan , Ciara Phillips, Katelyn O’Dwyer , Kayleigh Fox , Clara MacCanna , Aoibhinn Bracken , Meabh Reilly , Meadhbh Byrne , Sarah Maher ,Niamh McEntee, Cathy Quinn, Lauren Brophy, Eabha Byrne and Jenny Reid
Royal Gaels Scorers:
Meadhbh Byrne 2-03
Clara MacCanna 1-02
Nicola Fairbrother 0-01
Leah Sheridan 0-01
Lauren Brophy 0-03