Spirited Wicklow U-16s are outclassed by Kildare
WICKLOW’S U-16 camogie team lost out to a strong Kildare side when the sides met in the league in Maynooth on Saturday last.
Despite a spirited performance from the girls they could make very little impression on the Kildare side. Wickow's scores came from Ciara Byrne who got 0-3 and Sarah Lifley 0-1.
Wicklow: Tracy Sunderland, Jessy Kearns, Antonia Heffernan, Rachel Byrne, Niamh Kenny, Aine O'Keefe, Stacy O’Neill, Sarah Lifley, Ciara Byrne, Lottie Cullen, Caitlin Olohan, Aisling McCabe, Ellen Green, Emily O'Reilly, Karen Douglas. Subs: Aoife Clarke for Karen Douglas, Leanne Quigley for Jessica Kearns, Shannon Jackson for Emily O'Reilly, and Chrissy Byrne for Ellen Greene, Lorna Mallick and Aoife Byrne
Wicklow play Mayo on Sunday, March 13, at 1.30 p.m. in Avondale in the second round of the league.
Tara Warren's girls faired better when the county Junior team played a challenge game in Kilkenny against club team Clara. The Wicklow girls gave a good display and have made steady progress under Tara's management.
INTERMEDIATE CAMOGIE LEAGUE
Arklow Rocks 0-6, Carnew 0-0: The intermediate camogie league match was played in Arklow and scorers for Arklow Rocks were, Lorraine Bracker 0-1, Samantha Kelly 0-2, Aine Byrne 0-1 and Ciara McClean 0-2
Kilcoole 3-1, Avoca 0-9: Avoca would have entered this second round Intermediate league match as odds-on favourites by virtue of their fine showing in the Championship last year, however a combination of Kilcoole determination, wasteful Avoca posession and two depleted benches all conspired to frustrate the ladies in black and amber.
Despite the aid of a strong wind Avoca took time to settle into any sort of rhythm, their first score coming in the tenth minute, a fine solo point off the stick of Liz Fahy. Minutes later and against the run of play Kilcoole opened their account off their first concerted attack, Aishling McCabe running half the length of the pitch and driving to the top corner of the Avoca net. Liz Fahy and Laura Crane replied with fine points from play but Avoca were becoming increasingly frustrated by a mounting tally of unforced misses in the last third of the pitch.
Matters seemed to have been rectified in the opening minutes of the second half as player of the match Liz Fahy added three more of her eventual seven point tally. Fortunately for Kilcoole their midfield pairing of Aishling McCabe and Orlaith Donnelly showed none of the lethargy that was affecting their opponents and two marvellous solo efforts from the same players resulted in a goal and a point for Kilcoole, all coming in a flurry midway during the half.
Avoca did manage to regain the lead briely with ten minutes left on the clock but it was all too easy for Orlaith Donnelly to ghost through the Avoca defence inside the final five minutes and net Kilcoole a single point lead which they doggedly hung onto despite a spirited Avoca fightback.
Kilcoole will obviously be delighted with their result, fine performances from Nicky Keddy in goal and from the O’Toole sisters laying much of the groundwork for this victory.
Avoca will be disappointed in so far as this was a match they could have won and indeed should have won. Good performances from Mandy Burke in defence and Laura Crane in the forward line were too easy to single out.
Matters will undoubtedly improve over the coming weeks with match practice and we can rest assured that this Avoca team will be well into their stride come the real tests at Championship time.
Kilcoole: Nicky Keddy, Frances Kearns, Celina O’Toole, Caressa O’Toole, Aishling McCabe (1-1), Milena Tchacz, Orlaith Donnelly (2-0), Laura Gammell, Mairead Grennan, Naoimi Burke, Sarah Burke, Clare Burke, Aoife Renna, Rita O’Toole, Lucille Keogh.
Avoca: Pamela Keogh, Stephanie Power, Sharon Power, Mandy Burke, Elaine Kinsella, Sarah Forde, Lisa Doyle, Stacy Roche, Valerie Keogh, Laura Crane (0-2), Liz Fahy (0-7), Carmel Harper, Mairead Nolan, Nicola Flemming, Maria Harper, Elaine Hughes, Jenny Burke.