Wick­low girls bounce back with big win over Li­ly­whites

Bray People - - SPORT - MAR­GOT HUGHES

FOL­LOW­ING their re­cent heavy de­feat at the hands of a strong Meath side, the Wick­low U-16 ladies be­gan this Round 4 Le­in­ster Cham­pi­onship en­counter against Kil­dare with pur­pose­ful de­ter­mi­na­tion.

De­spite Meath’s open­ing points from Aisling O’Con­nor and Molly Price, Wick­low were un­de­terred in their ef­forts to break for­ward with the ball.

Their tenac­ity paid off with a beau­ti­ful- ly taken goal in the 12th minute form Aisling McDon­ald.

Katie Bouch­ier added a point to ex­tend Wick­low’s lead to two points but Kil­dare’s Clion­adh O’Con­nor re­stored Kil­dare’s lead with a goal in the 13th minute.

Not to be out­done, Wick­low mid­field­ers An­nie Con­roy and Ni­amh O’Brien worked the ball up the cen­tre to Katie Mi­ley in the half for­ward line. Mi­ley found Heather Cullen on the edge of the square and Heather made no mis­take as she rat­tled the Kil­dare net.

Kil­dare’s Ni­cole Doo­ley notched up an­other two points from frees in the 13th and 21st min­utes of play but Katie Mi­ley, Aisling McDon­ald and Katie Bouch­ier added an­other three to Wick­low’s tally to the de­light of the home crowd.

Ni­amh Ber­gin added a goal for Kil­dare in the 25th minute and a fur­ther point form a free in the 28th minute.

A fast break from the kick out saw An­nie Con­roy through on a pen­e­trat­ing run which drew out the Kil­dare full back. A timely lay off to the ever well po­si­tioned Heather Cullen saw Wick­low gain their third goal of the half just on the stroke of half time. The score at the break af­ter a highly en­ter­tain­ing first half was 3-4 to 2-5 in favour of the Wick­low side.

With a two point lead to spur them on Wick­low com­pletely dom­i­nated the sec­ond half show­ing a tremen­dous work rate through­out the field of play.

Open­ing points from Marie Kealy, Heather Cullen, Ni­amh O’Brien and Clodagh Fox sus­tained the Wick­low lead. Ni­amh Ber­gin, Molly Price and Samantha Cullen added three points to Kil­dare’s tally but Wick­low had done enough to en­sure vic­tory. A 22nd minute goal form Marie Kealy and an in­jury time point from Bouch­ier sealed the vic­tory.

A point blank save form Chloe Dwyer in the 24th minute was the fi­nal straw for a Kil­dare team that had missed too many scor­ing chances through­out the sixty min­utes. De­spite strong per­for­mances from Clion­adh O’ Con­nor, Ni­amh Ber­gin, Molly Price, Ni­cole Doo­ley and Emily McGrory in the Kil­dare goal, the day be­longed to a more de­ter­mined and fo­cused Wick­low side led by their hard work­ing cap­tain, Katie Mi­ley.

Wick­low gave a strong all round team per­for­mance with par­tic­u­larly hard work­ing dis­plays from Shauna Byrne, Laoise Mar­ron, Lisa Lawler, An­nie McGuire, An­nie Con­roy, Ni­amh O’Brien, Katie Bouch­ier and Marie Kealy.

The girls take on Laois at home in two weeks time and re­gard­less of the re­sult they have se­cured place in the B fi­nal of the Cham­pi­onship. The Wick­low man­age­ment will be happy hav­ing been pro­moted from Div. 2 to Div. I this sea­son. Wick­low: Chloe Dwyer, Ríoghna McGet­ti­gan, Shauna Byrne, Laoise Mar­ron, An­nie McGuire, Aoife Grace, Lisa Lawler, An­nie Con­roy, Ni­amh O’Brien, Katie Bouch­ier, Katie Mi­ley, Amy Burke, Heather Cullen, Marie Kealy, Aisling Mc Don­ald. Subs: Clodagh Fox, Eabha Barnes, Anna Hed­der­man, Ni­amh Clarke, Mia Ka­vanagh, Eleanor Dunne

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