Ladies lose by the min­i­mum in Down

Bray People - - SPORT -

ON SUN­DAY last the Wick­low ladies team winded their way north­wards for the last of their away matches in this league.

The venue, this time in the north­ern part of our is­land at Saval G.A.A. pitch, just on the out­skirts of Newry.

Wick­low again started slug­gishly and found them­selves 1-4 to no score down af­ter ten min­utes. The goal, which was a re­sult of very harsh penalty, was despatched with aplomb and Wick­low again faced a hard battle against their highly vaunted Se­nior op­po­nents.

How­ever, the Wick­low girls rolled up their sleeves and by half-time had nar­rowed the gap to two points. The goal, scored by Caoil­fhionn Deeney, was as fine a goal as one would wish to see with slick move­ment from the backs through sev­eral hands in­clud­ing Caitri­ona Byrne, Laurie Ah­erne. When the ball ar­rived in the Eire Og red haired girls hands there was only one thing on her mind and she buried the ball in the Down net. In the mean­time Wick­low squan­dered a penalty when Laurie Ah­ern shot tamely and the shot was eas­ily saved by the Down net­min­der.

In the sec­ond half the match ebbed and flowed and Wick­low again found them­selves five points down en­ter­ing the last quar­ter. A big rally saw them nar­row the gap to two points and in their ef­forts to gain par­ity the Wick­low de­fence was left ex­posed and Down, in a break­away move with time al­most up, gained a three-pointer to see them home.

Or so we thought but back again came the Blue and Gold and in a riv­et­ing fin­ish Amie Byrne smashed the ball to the net and when the same player got a fur­ther point the min­i­mum gap was be­tween the sides. How­ever the great come­back was not to be and Michael Henry called for the ball to end a pul­sat­ing match with the Wick­low girls los­ing by a point.

Again the stars for Wick­low were many but no fault could be at­trib­uted to Caitri­ona Byrne, Ni­amh Kelly, Caoil­fhionn Deeney, Loretta Gil­bert and Emer Mi­ley. The Wick­low girls now play Lim­er­ick at home in Hol­ly­wood - a match to be played this Sun­day at 2 p.m.

The girls would be de­lighted to see some sup­port at the match de­spite the fact that it clashes with the G.A.A. matches in Aughrim - a clash that was un­avoid­able and regretful.

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