With the snow and bad weather behind us all roads led to Skyrne on saturday night for the 1st round of the Div 6 league match on a fabulous sunny evening. For the first time in history Royal Gaels fielded a 3rd Adult Team in an Adult Competition. Starting with only 12 players as word broke that Caoimhe Rooney had missed 2 trains and a bus home!!
The girls started by playing into the sun and within 2 mins of play the RG girls were 1 point up from a well worked bit of play finished off by Katelyn Doherty, but playing a strong Skyrne Team the girls were not going to have it all their own way and with the ball breaking at midfield Skyrne came up the field and put the ball into the back of the net to make it 1-00 to 0-01. In true RG fashion the girls didn’t panic with Laura McMorrow (after a long day standing at the physio table),Sonia Leonard,Michelle Sherry and Katie O’Brien steadying up things ata the back the scores began to flow from ever the ever industrial hard work of sisters Megan and Ellie McCarthy,Katie Reilly,Aoife O’Shea and Doc Katelyn Doherty. With Laura Costello working tirelessly on the wing who set up a lot of scores for the first half and Hayley Reynolds winning alot of ball in the midfield the half ended on a score of Skryne 1-01 to Royal Gaels 0-12.
With Skyrne starting very strong in the second half Shauna Summerville was outstanding in goals and pulled off two fantastic saves. The girls settled again and got back into their rhythm with goals from Katie Reilly and Laura Costello and with Caoimhe Rooney after catching the last bus to arrive for the second half The RG girls were going to see this one out comfortably and the match ended on a scorline of Skyrne 1-04 to Royal Gaels 2-17.
A must win game for the Gaels and they didn’t let their Mentors down. A great start from the off with Meadhbh Byrne putting 1-02 on the scoreboard which encourage the girls to keep the pressure on the Trim goal. When Trim’s chances did come they where held to just 2 point by a stern and determent RG backline with great work from Ciara Phillips and some fine saves from Shauna Summerville. Points from Clara MacCanna, Nicole Fairbrother and a further 1-02 from Burnzie left the girls in good shape at half time with a scoreline of 2-06 to 0-02.
The second half began with both teams fighting for every ball and pushing forward from the middle of the field. RG midfielders Aoibhinn Bracken and Katie Reilly fed a forward line made up mostly of our U14 girls who stepped up to the mark with a goal from Leah Sheridan and points from Laurn Brophy and Ella Moyles. Trim managed to put some scores on the scoreboard with some well taken goals and points. Getting back into the game was soon squashed with further goals from Clara MacCanna and Meadhbh Byrne which left the game in safe hands for the visitors and the match finished RG 6-09 to Trim 2-07
Royal Gaels Team
Shauna Summerville, Aine McKissock , Jenny Reid, Nicole Fairbrother, Leah Sheridan , Karla Kealy, Ciara Phillips, Katelyn O’Dwyer , Kayleigh Fox , Clara MacCanna , Aoibhinn Bracken , Meabh Reilly , Meadhbh Byrne , Sarah Maher ,Ella Moyles ,Lauren Brophy and Katie Reilly
Royal Gaels Scorers:
Meadhbh Byrne 3-04
Clara MacCanna 1-01
Aoibhinn Bracken 1-00
Leah Sheridan 1-00
Nicole Fairbrother 0-01
Lauren Brophy 0-02
Ella Moyles 0-01
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Well done to our Under 14 Division 1 girls who bounced back from an opening day defeat at Skyrne to record a superb away win at Walterstown on Monday evening. Leah Sheridan captained Royal Gaels and won the toss to give the Black & Amber the benefit of a gale force wind for the first half. The Gaels were on the front foot from the off and early scores were crucial to take advantage of the elements. Lauren Brophy and Molly O’Connor raised green flags while Ella Moyles, Niamh McEntee and Lauren (2) added 4 points for the away side.
When Walterstown did attack they were restricted to a singe first half point with the Royal Gaels backs repeatedly winning ball to set up fresh attacks. The Black & Amber led by 2-4 to 0-1 at the break but knew a huge test was to come in the second half.
As expected Walterstown had the bulk of second half possession but a determined and disciplined defensive effort restricted the hosts to six second half points while Eabha Byrne was assured in goal throughout. Leah Sheridan lifted the siege with a crucial third goal for the Gaels to extend the lead to six points. Ella Moyles, Hilary Larkin and Chloe McLoughlin all dropped back to help defend the lines while the full and half back lines were all outstanding without exception. Unfortunately Hilary suffered a bad wrist injury with a couple of minutes remaining and very best wishes to her for a good recovery.
Next up for the Gaels are three successive home games. Thanks to all who came to support the girls. Well done all !!
Another great game from our Under 12 Green Team at home this afternoon making it 3 in a row for the girls in the Div 6 Spring League..
The first quarter was tense with Ashbourne taking an early lead, scoring 1-1 without reply. Our team got into their stride in the second quarter but after a gritty performance by both teams the scoreboard remained unchanged.
Things really turned around in the third quarter for Royal Gaels setting up 2 lovely team goals, finished off by Katelyn Robinson who also shook the crossbar with some force from a distance. The defence and mid-field really linked together providing some lovely opportunities for the forward line one of which was finished off for a skillful point by Siun Hartigan.
With only a goal between the 2 teams starting the fourth and final quarter, it took a precision goal from Olivia Quinn to really put some distance between these 2 equally matched teams. This was their toughest outing to date against a strong and skillfull Ashbourne side. It was a competitive game enjoyed by all and the team learned a lot from the experience. A hard earned win for Royal Gaels with a final score of 3-1 to 1-1.
Fight back Secures Gaels’ Points and Third League Win Adult League Division 4
Royal Gaels v St Ultans Round 3
Full timeRoyal Gaels 3-11 St Ultans 1-09
Half time Royal Gaels 0-04 St Ultans 1-05
Referee: Sean Gahan
Venue: Dunshaughlin 8pm 11th April 2018
Royal Gaels third league win of the campaign came about from full use of a very strong panel available on the night. Indeed a couple of players made their first start on an adult team this year. Michelle Sherry playing her first adult match put in a fine performance at corner back as did Katelyn O’Brien in the corner forward position. It’s been sometime since Laura McMorrow made an appearance in the black and Amber Jersey and she slotted into the team in her defensive role with ease. Bevin Usher also made her return and put in a fine performance in the half forward line.
St Ultans started brightly with a couple of fine points and some great play from their very quick half forward line. Although the home said kept with them for most of the half a well stuck shot found the top corner of the net to give the St Ultans team a 4 point lead at half time.
Following a number of changes at half time and an with an increased sense of urgency the second half began with Royal Gaels laying siege to the Ultans goal. 2 points from Tara Ryan was followed by a well worked goal from Ava Foley where she fisted a pass from Susie O’Rourke passed the Ultans keeper.
Eimear Traynor and Kelly O’Dwyer were beginning to take on St Ultans defence with regular burst from Molly McNamara creating chances for the home side. Sadhbh O’Muirri also did a great job marking Ultans impressive centre half forward. Ultans kept pressing forward but were met with stern resistance from the home defenders. On the 2 occasions they did get free, goalkeeper Lara Reynolds closed the space to force the shot wide and then produce a stunning save from a powerful angled shot.
Second half points from Ryan, O’Rourke and Ciara Galvin were interspersed with a fine goal from a rebound by McNamara and another Ava Foley goal to conclude the turnaround from a half time 4 point deficit to an eight point victory.
Lara Reynolds, Michelle Sherry, Gemma Donoghue, Laura McMorrow, Orlaith Moyles, Caitlin O’Neill, Ciara Dixon (Capt) , Sonia Leonard, Caoimhe Rooney, Ava O’Brien, Sadhbh O’Muirri, Kelly O’Dwyer, Eimear Traynor, Laura Costello, Hayley Reynolds, Tara Ryan (0-07), Ciara Galvin (0-02), Ellen McGee, Bevin Usher, Ava Foley (2-01), Laura Bourke, Susie O’Rourke (0-01) ,Molly McNamara (1-00), Aoife O’Shea.
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The bright and sunny conditions of sat were replaced by damp soft underfoot conditions on Wed as the U12 Div 1 team took to the field again in the 3rd round tie versus Navan O’Mahonys.This was a real ding dong battle with both teams attacking with pace. Royal Gaels began well with Anna ” Dean Rock” Duffy and The Gooch McDonagh operating in the full forward line. Erin Gray and Anna Moyles dominated midfield with able assistance from Eileen Gannon, Zara Ward and Emily Carter who captained the team today, but yet again we were slow to trouble the scoreboard operator. The Gaels lead by 0.01 to 0.00 at the end of the 1st quarter.
Keva McTigue and The Pickpocket Duffy made some fantastic last ditch tackles to clear their lines. Time and again Megan Duignan drove out of defence to launch attacks towards Annie “The silent assassin” Lynch… Grace the legend” O’Connor fresh her goal scoring exploits of last week worked tirelessly around the middle as some others tired.
Lucy Boyle came on and contributed to the team effort as did Holy Galligan, Caoimhe Donnelly and Kinga Basinka. Having lead throughout, the girls found themselves behind at the end of the 3rd quarter thanks to a lucky O’Mahonys goal. 1.02 to 0.03Despite this and despite tiring visibly the girls continued to battle hard and showed great determination in the final 10 mins, but were unable to withstand the increasing pressure from a strong Navan outfit.Never mind there will be better days ahead for this bunch.
Royal Gaels 0-03
Navan O’Mahonys 4-04
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Royal Gaels despite making a number of changes to their starting 15 from their round 1 game managed to get past a really tough Ballivor side in round 2. Recent wet weather meant the game was moved to Dunshaughlin .
This was a tough physical match in which both sides fought for every ball. After the initial skirmishes Molly McNamara speed through the center of the defense to give the home side the lead with a classy goal. Ballivor responded with a point before Ciara Galvin eventually added to the scoring with a point from distance on 17 minutes. Orlaith Moyles entered the fray and immediately the home side powered ahead in the final 12 minutes of the half. A long distance goal from Ellen McGee and points from Galvin and Laura Bourke pushed the Black and Amber side ahead 2-06 to 0-02 at half time.
The second half saw wing back Sadhbh O’Muirri withdrawn as Aoife O’Shea returned for the second half making a big impact. Ballivor started the second half full of endeavor and a low shot skid of the ground and ended up in the back of the Gaels net.
Again the home side responded with a Galvin point and their wonderful defence ensured no further scores were conceded. Points from Galvin, Bourke and McNamara along with a brave goal from Ava Foley had the home team safe with a couple of minutes remaining. Great determination by the rear guard especially Sonia Leonard, Caoimhe Rooney and Ava O’Brien made life very hard for the Ballivor forwards. Incredibly Royal Gaels managed to hit either the posts or the crossbar 7 times in the match with all bouncing back into play. There will be plenty of shooting practice next week.
A good tough game with still plenty to improve on. Round 3 this Wednesday for the Division 4 girls is another home tie v St Ultans on Wednesday 11th at 8pm.
Lara Reynolds, Ava O’Brien, Caoimhe Rooney, Sonia Leonard, Ciara Dixon, Caitlin O’Neill, Sadhbh O’Muirri, Orlaith Moyles, Kelly O’Dwyer, Ciara Galvin (0-07), Aoife O’Shea, Molly McNamara(1-01)Eimear Traynor, Ava Foley(1-0), Ellen McGee,(1-0) Laura Bourke(0-03)
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Another great game from our Under 12 Green Team in Dunboyne this morning winning their second league game in style.The team worked really well as a unit throughout, taking an early lead and really utilising every player, passing the ball with precision and pace. Orlaith McEntee started the scoring with a great point early on, followed by a stylish goal from Emily Fairbother who had a superb game. Another great goal from Tara Glennon really cemented the lead. Our defence was strong and it was very difficult for Dunboyne to find a way through.
With a half time lead and a score of 2-4 to 1-1, the girls worked hard to keep up the momentum. Dunboyne scored 3 early goals in the second half but Katelyn Robinson answered with 3 smashing goals in quick succession. Late points from Erica Salmon and Siun Hartigan as well as another great goal from Olivia Quinn secured the team victory with a final scoreline of 6 – 7 to 4 – 3.
Well done and get well soon to injured Caitlin Summerville, who did a excellent job of keeping scores while cheering on her teammates from the sideline.
Apologies for the late match report but I was away on an refresher course at the Marty Morrissey school of GAA reporting. Mighty craic altogether until he took out the sequins and the false tan and wanted to do a bit of dancing.
Anyway onto more important issues such as our U12 Div 1 team playing the 2nd league game at home to Dunboyne last sat. The sun was shining brightly and the girls began as brightly displaying courage and athleticism as they dominated the opening guarter. (I am drifting into Ger Canning commentary there, back to Marty (use as many nicknames as possible) “Sarah “pickpocket” Duffy was imperious at the back alongside Eileen “The Terminator” Gannon. Erin “wrong pitch” Gray was up and down the pitch supporting Anna Duffy and Annie Lynch.Despite dominating posession the girls werent taking all their chances but they soon settled down after what was the highlight of the day, a long range goal from Grace O’Connor. Not only was it a fantastic goal following great team play, but also to score a wonder goal…against your Dad’s club… Dunboyne.. Grace, you are a legend!!! There wont be a cow milked for days after this result!!
Anyway on the girls pushed and the scores ticked up slowly. Megan Duignan and her comrades in the backline were calmness personified dealing with the rare Dunboyne attacks. Emily Carter, Anna Moyles and Keva McTigue were like Chairman Mao’s imperial army in the dealings with opposition attacks. Kinga Basinka and Holly “the gunner” Galligan hovered around the middle like great soaring eagles waiting to pounce.
Leading at halftime, management in more Diarmuid Gavin than Jim Gavin style made a few changes. Out came Megan Duignan and Zara Ward went into goals having hurt her ribs off an elbow. Lucy Boyle kept the scoreboard ticking over in fine style over and Claire Gooch McDonagh was directing play like one of great conductors… no Dominic, not the old bus conductors… musical ones😊😊Ah very good performance by all the girls.
Next up is a home fixture this coming Wed versus Navan O’Mahonys.Pressure is now on to maintain this good run of form.
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Due to the rainfall the game had to switch to Dunshaughlin on the Astro. Not the scoreline anybody likes but after a disappointing first half with little to be mentioned but a fine point from Anna Moyles. The girls who are a mixture of U12 and U14 and haven’t played much football together started to gel and finally began to pressurize the opposition and managing to put some points on the scoreboard. With this pressure Ratoath gave away numerous freekicks and Anna Duffy with her superb kicking skills but the ball between the posts six times with deadly accuracy. Chloe Mcloughlin and Emily Manek made some great goal scoring chances but were stopped by some equally great shot stopping saves from the Ratoath keeper. Pushing forward and chasing scores left RG vunerable at the back and Ratoath managed to add more goals and points. The scoreline would have been a lot worse but for some fine goalkeeper from Ella Dunne who stepped up to the mark in the second half. All in All plenty to build on for the girls who should come on from a much improved second half performance.
Royal Gaels Team
Emily Manek, Erin Gray ,Chloe McLoughlin, Grace OConnor, Kinga Basinska, Ella Dunne, Anna Duffy, Anna Moyles, Ellen ODonoghue, Holly Galligan, Abbie Roche, Ellie May Ward,Megan Duignan, Alex Brady and Niamh Keegan
Royal Gaels Scorers
Niamh Keegan 0-01
Anna Duffy 0-06
Anna Moyles 0-01
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