Spir­ited Wick­low U-16s are out­classed by Kil­dare

Bray People - - SPORT -

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.

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