Brave bat­tle but U-16 girls fall to Long­ford

Brave Wick­low fall to Long­ford after bat­tle

Wicklow People - - SPORT -

WICK­LOW and Long­ford served up a very com­pet­i­tive and en­joy­able un­der-16 ladies foot­ball cham­pi­onship game in sunny Laragh on Sun­day last.

Both sides had very ef­fec­tive at­tack­ing units. The main dif­fer­ence was that Long­ford pos­sessed a lethal goal scor­ing ma­chine in cor­ner for­ward Clodagh Lo­han, who fin­ished the day with five goals to her credit.

The ab­sence of Wick­low’s mid­fielder Anna Vas for a pe­riod of the sec­ond half on a 10-minute yel­low card send­ing off did not help the Wick­low cause ei­ther.

This game was vastly dif­fer­ent from Wick­low’s last out­ing against Kilkenny, when they recorded a facile win.

The home side got off to a con­fi­dent start, es­tab­lish­ing an early dom­i­nance at mid­field through Saibh Byrne and Anna Vas.

Cen­tre for­ward Siofra Byrne was very prom­i­nent in these early stages and had three points on the board by the 11th minute.

Anna Vas had pointed, Aoife Ka­vanagh had goaled and wing for­ward Eimear O’Brien had brought a great save from goalie Ri­nah McGrath.

While the flow of play was go­ing much to Wick­low’s ad­van­tage, there were still alarm­ing signs when­ever Long­ford did at­tack. Wing for­ward Laura McGuire scored three points in the first half but more wor­ry­ing was the fact that cor­ner for­wards Han­nah Glen­non (2) and Clodagh Lo­han scored three goals from a lim­ited sup­ply of ball.

The Wick­low for­wards con­tin­ued to play well and had goals from Ni­amh Caf­frey and Eimear O’Brien.

Points from O’Brien, Caf­frey and Siofra Byrne brought the Wick­low to­tal to 3-7 by half-time.

How­ever, Long­ford were only a few points be­hind at 3-3 hav­ing en­joyed a very lim­ited sup­ply of ball.

Anna Vas got Wick­low off to a fly­ing start in the sec­ond half when she won the throw in and trav­elled through the heart of the vis­i­tors de­fence to add another point in the first ten sec­onds.

How­ever, the home side were not to score again un­til the 12fth minute. Long­ford gained a foothold in the mid­dle third of the field and by the tenth minute they had notched three fur­ther goals from Clodagh Lo­han, Laura McGuire and sub­sti­tute Camille Burke. Points from Burke and mid­fielder Grace Shan­non brought the Long­ford to­tal to 6-5 against Wick­low 3-8 at this stage.

The home side struck back with a Ni­amh Caf­frey pointed free and a goal from Siofra Byrne.

Around this stage Wick­low lost Anna Vas and in a dis­as­trous three-minute pe­riod Clodagh Lo­han scored three goals in a row for Long­ford to push them well out into the com­fort zone.

To their credit Wick­low didn’t die. Siofra Byrne scored a great goal with a ground shot and when Anna Vas came back to the game Wick­low came back strongly with points from Aoife Cullen, Eimear O’Brien, Kerry Ann Hamil­ton and another Siofra Byrne point to bring the home side to­tal to 5-13.

Long­ford added a goal through sub­sti­tute Derville Dug­gan and Laura McGuire com­pleted their ac­count with a point.

The game fin­ished with Wick­low back in the as­cen­dancy but ten goals against them was hard to roll back.

Wick­low were dis­ap­pointed with this loss but there are many pos­i­tives about this team.

Ob­vi­ously they will have to stop the leak­age of goals, but they have many good foot­ballers spread through­out this team and have good for­wards who will do lots of dam­age if the ball is de­liv­ered more quickly to the scor­ing area.

Scor­ers - Long­ford: Clodagh Lo­han 5-0, Han­nah Glen­non 2-0, Camille Burke 1-1, Laura McGuire 1-4, Derville Dug­gan 1-0, Grace Shan­non 0-1.

Wick­low: Siofra Byrne 2-5, Ni­amh Caf­frey 1-2, Eimear O’Brien 1-2, Aoife Ka­vanagh 1-0, Anna Vas 0-2 Aoife Cullen 0-1, Kerry Ann Hamil­ton 0-1

Wick­low: Abby Healy; Zoe Arm­strong, Clodagh Kelly, Laura Mur­phy; Jade Shan­non, Anna Lawlor, Lucy Dunne; Saibh Byrne, Anna Vas; Aoife Cullen, Siofra Byrne, Eimear O’Brien; Aoife Ka­vanagh, Daise Sum­mer Cullen Dunne, Ni­amh Caf­frey. Subs: Erin King, Leah Ger­aghty, Naoise O’Reilly, Kerry Ann Hamil­ton, Amy McManus and Shona Byrne.

Ref­eree: Ja­son Cor­co­ran (Kil­dare)

The Wick­low un­der-16 foot­ballers who were de­feated by Long­ford in the Le­in­ster cham­pi­onship last week­end.

Wick­low’s Sive Byrne on the at­tack.

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