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
The u12 Div 1 spring league came to a conclusion today with a number of games down for decision. For Royal Gaels girls it came down to a winner take all shootout with St. Pats, Stamullen. Maybe it was the throw in time but this one had the feel of the classic Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly movie, High Noon.
Emily Carter captained the team today and was flanked by the silent assasin Eileen Gannon and Holly Galligan, on her return from injury, Behind them Keva McTigue and Sarah Duffy were the town sheiffs, cleaning up anything that threatened the safety of Megan Duignan’s goal. They need not have worried as Royal Gaels have found another in our long history of high quality goalkeepers. Up front Annie Lynch, Caoimhe Donnelly and Claire McDonagh were having a fantastic battle against their opponents
Erin Grey and Anna Moyles manned the bridge at midfield and battled tenaciously against much bigger opponents. A cagey opening quarter saw the Gaels open a slender 2pt lead.
Turning into the wind for the second quarter, the girls were dealt a blow when Holly Galligan had to withdraw with an ankle injury. Never mind, McCool to the rescue – Caoimhe that is.. What a display from Caoimhe!!! The girls worked tremendously hard against a deceptive wind and despite conceding a goal managed to repel a number of attacks. The forward line of Anna Duffy, Grace O’Connor and Kinga Basinka were putting together some fantastic moves, which we weren’t always able to convert into scores, but the teamwork was fantastic.
Not just that, the girls never waivered in their ambition and desire to play open and attacking football (Galway and Mayo could take note)..
At the halfway stage, the game was pretty even but the 3rd quarter is moving quarter and wow did our girls move..
Sweeping attacks with simple one two overlaps and quick ball transfer resulted in a goal for Kinga and the girls were able to take a 4pt lead into the final 10 mins.. The girls defended like the Americans at The Alamo standing tall, strong and resolute only conceding one pointed free as St. Pats came looking for scores.
Broad smiling faces greeted the refs final whistle and a semi final spot had been secured.
This bunch have been through a lot over the last couple of years and have probably lost more games than they have won, but the still keep coming to training twice a week, still want to learn and still want to become better footballers. Hopefully today’s win will give them the confidence to develop their skills to the next level… Well done girls…semi final here we come!!!
Royal Gaels 2.03
St. Pats 1.03
Another convincing win from our Under 12 Div 6 team in St Colmcille’s on Saturday afternoon, sending us into the Semi-Final Top of the Table.
Full Time: St Colmcilles 3-08 royal Gaels 4-09
Half Time: St Colmcilles 0-03 Royal Gaels 1-04
This team are growing and developing week after week. An exciting game with great individual displays and team performance.
An early wide for Colmcilles was answered by a quick point from Olivia Quinn within the first minute of this game. Colmcille’s attempted to equalise but were repeatedly denied entry by full back Áine McTigue. They tried to score for a 3rd time but this time it was ably saved by keeper Aoife Murphy. Colmcille’s had a few wides but scored 2 points putting the home side ahead. Grace Summerville’s lovely pass set up Olivia Quinn for her second point levelling the scoreboard. The tie was not to remain for long as Colmcille’s replied with another point putting them in the lead. There was some confusion over Olivia’s goal attempt as some of the onlookers thought it was a goal but the ref disallowed it and the game continued. Grace Summerville, determined to put things right scored our 3rd point levelling the sides again and Áine McTigue, ably supported by Lacey Sherlock made sure that the scores remained level until the end of the first quarter.
It was a tense start but as the girls settled into the game, the training started to really pay off – A bullet of a goal from the boot of Katelyn Robinson early in the second quarter calmed things down a little. Tara Glennon scored a fantastic point set up by Holly Anderson who made a great intercept in mid-field. Tara worked so hard both in forward and back – she was a rock for the team today. Both teams suffered a number of wides and a safe pair of hands in goalie Emily Fairbrother meant that the half time score was 1-4 to 0-3 in our favour.
The third quarter was a great display of teamwork and tenacity …. Emma Griffin braved a sore finger and did a great job in goals. Captain Ellie Dervan and Niamh Summerville in half back continued to marshal the defence extremely well. Olivia Quinn got an early point and then a second one from a free. The midfield machine of Siún Hartigan and Grace Summerville kept up the distribution and providied great opportunities for the forwards. Katelyn Robinson drove home another great goal and there was no stopping Tara Glennon with 2 more goals and a point in quick succession.
We went into the 4th quarter with a scoreline of 4-7 to 0-4 but there was no time for complacency … the poor parents and supporters had some heart racing moments as Colmcille’s seemed to find their mojo. Molly Marsden made a great save in the opening moments but then Colmcille’s came in with 2 goals and 3 points out of nowhere. Mia Summerville’s free came at a good time and another point from Tara Glennon eased the nerves a little. Another goal from Colmcille’s set the hearts racing once again but a well taken point by Aoife Murphy once again calmed things down. One last ditch attempt by Colmcilles before the final whistle and a point awarded meant an exciting and well deserved scoreline of Royal Gaels 4-9 to Colmcille’s 3-8. The girls remain unbeaten and are proudly heading to the semi-final in 2 week’s time. This team, in the words of the old Penney’s ad are “getting better all the time.” Congratulations and well done.
Royal Gaels Team: Tara Glennon (2-3), Katelyn Robinson (2-0), Olivia Quinn (0-4), Aoife Murphy (0-1), Grace Summerville (0-1), Emily Fairbrother , Siún Hartigan,Emma Griffin, Holly Anderson, Áine McTigue, Ellie Dervan, Molly Marsden, Mia Summerville, Niamh Summerville, Lacey Sherlock.