By the time everyone has read these notes our girls will have enjoyed a trip to Croke Park for an Activity Day. News to follow next week.
Many thanks to Sandy Feet Farm who are sponsoring food for the girls on their journey home from their day out.
Thanks to everyone who joined in our table quiz fundraiser for the U10 girls and U12 boys who are heading to Croke Park.
We are away to Duagh on Wednesday evening, April 17th. Throw in at 7p.m. in Duagh pitch. More details to follow.
We are away to ISG in the Co. League next Thursday evening, April 18th. Throw in at 6.30p.m. in Kilgarvan pitch. Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Féile is on this Saturday and Sunday, more details to follow during the week. Best of luck to the girls and their mentors.
Kerins O’Rahillys v Fossa
From the off we knew that Fossa are a well-coached and good footballing side playing with a very similar style to ourselves. The game finished in a draw at 4-09 apiece and that’s a score that would win you most games – but not this one. We were slow off the mark and were down 3 points in the first 5 minutes. We then settled into the game and scored 2 quick points. We then laid seige on the Fossa kickout for 6 minutes scoring 1-04 and they simply could not get the ball past half way. Liana Williams was outstanding at full forward again and she was ably assisted by Katie Nix and Keelan Coffey. Fossa eventually worked out our ploy and began to get a foothold at midfield and in turn went downfield to kick 2 goals and 2 points of their own.
At half time there was nothing between the sides but this game was far from over. It was tough end to end stuff but we knew we were well able to match them all over the field. Éabha Murphy worked really hard in midfield, Katie Dwyer, Eugenie Kerins, Alex Sheridan and Leonie Dowling all worked really hard all through both halves, but the outstanding back on the night was Maedhbh Hanafin who covered every inch of the field and just refused to give up. Time and time again she drove the ball up the field and fought like a demon when they were in possession. This game ebbed and flowed through the second half and was going so quick that it was nearly impossible to make a switch or get a sub on. Liana Williams and Katie Nix were on fire up front scoring 4 goals and 6 points between them but Fossa fought back after every score we got. With 5 minutes left we were 2 points up and had 3 scoreable chances which would have put away this game. We got none of them and true to form, Fossa raced up the field and got a great goal and now we were a point down. They broke through again and Kelly Fitzgerald put her body on the line to block a certain goal and from the rebound we broke downfield and got the equalizing point. We then won the kick out but just couldn’t get a shot at the target with Fossa being absolutely tenacious in their tackling.
We will take the draw and could well have lost this game. The improvement in the players in now very obvious and the hard work that many are putting in is paying off. All 20 on the night fought for their lives in this game and it will bring them on loads. All of the players mentioned above were outstanding and the subs who came on worked really hard and this game will be of tremendous benefit to the whole team.
The referee spoke with both teams at the end of the game saying he felt it was easily the best U16 girls football game he had ever refereed and for anyone who witnessed the end to end speed, skill and dogged determination on show it didn’t disappoint both sets of supporters.
Match report from our away game to Castlegregory to follow. Best wishes to Ciara Madden who was injured during the match, we wish her a speedy recovery.
Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday. Great turnout again last week ladies.
It was great to see old and new faces in Ballyrickard last week for training. Welcome to everyone! Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday.
We continue to recruit for all ages. For further details contact Shirley ( 086) 8713552.