Improved display from under-16s
Wicklow lose to strong Kerry outfit
WICKLOW gave themselves a fillip for their three remaining games in the All-Ireland Under-16 ‘C’ Camogie Championship by producing a much improved performance on their first round loss to Roscommon in their second round tie against Kerry, at Greystones on Sunday afternoon.
In the clash against the Rossies, the Garden County managed to only amass the meagre total of 1-1, while conceding 2-9, so it was very heartening to see the Wicklow attack make a much more significant impression on the scoreboard on this occasion.
And that factor bodes favourably for their remaining games in the competition against, Tyrone, Mayo and Cavan – all away.
But, of course, on the debit side was the fact that Wicklow conceded the massive total of 10-16, and this means that a major improvement will be required in the defensive department for the rest of the All-Ireland campaign.
However, with regard to the three future outings, the Garden County defence will likely will likely not have to deal with a forward of such outstanding quality as Kerry ace Amy O’Sullivan who shot the magnificent total of 5-9 at the Eire Og club ground.
From an early stage of the contest, O’Sullivan underlined her remarkable skill level and insatiable hunger for work, shooting three points in the opening five minutes and posting a first half total of 3-7 to help the visiting side to a 4-9 to 4-4 lead at half-time.
On the restart, the Kerry forward, whose searing pace regularly helped her to leave Wicklow defenders trailing in her wake, added a further 2-2 to her personal tally, as the Kingdom improved on their first round draw with Mayo.
At the interval, the Wicklow mentors would have been reasonably happy with the fact that their side trailed by just five points.
But in just the first 10 minutes of the second half the visiting side effectively put the game out of the opposition’s reach by adding 4-4 to their half-time score, with not a single point in reply from the Garden County.
By the 47th minute, Kerry had extended their lead to 8-15 to 4-6, but, to their credit, Wicklow never threw in the towel, and in a three minute spell between the 48th and 51st minute, they shot an unanswered 2-1, the goals coming from two of their most prominent players in Daisy-Summer Cullen-Dunne and Amber House, who respectively contributed totals of 4-1 and 2-0.
Despite the 18 point margin between the sides at the final whistle, Wicklow selector Breda Donnelly took a lot of encouragement from her side’s performance.
“Because of holidays, we were missing a number of players today, and in the second half we brought on two under-14s in Poppy-Rose Cullen-Dunne and Emily Tyrrell,” she pointed out.
“Of course, we would have preferred to have conceded a lot less than 10-16, but still it was very heartening that we scored a lot more than the 1-1 we only managed in the game against Roscommon.
“That shows there is a lot of potential in the side and it’s now up to the players to bring it on to the next level.”
Her Kerry counterpart John Sheehan, whose side left the Kingdom at 7.50 on Sunday morning, was full of praise for the Wicklow team’s efforts.
“Despite the final scoreline, Wicklow really put it up to us and they have a number of outstanding players,” he remarked.
“I think our excellent level of fitness proved the difference between the sides in the end – we have a number of players who also play football and they’re in
very good physical shape.
“We weren’t happy with the fact that we conceded 4-4 in the first half, but we had a few words with the girls at half-time and they tightened up things at the back in the second half.”
Kerry: Amy O’Sullivan 5-9, Emma Conway 2-1, Alanna Garcia, Alanna Stritch 1-2 each, Katelyn Stack 1-0, Emma O’Donoghue, Ellen O’Donoghue 0-1 each.
Wicklow: Daisie-Summer Cullen-Dunne 4-1, Amber House 2-0, Orlagh Waters 1-0, Sophie Bermingham 0-2 (1f, 1’45’), Kate Tyrrell 0-2 (2 ‘45’), Ciara Boland, Aisling Goff 0-1 each.
KERRY: Kate Kenny; Katie Dwyer, Stacey Leahy, Sarah Kearney; Ave Healy, Ellen O’Donoghue, Cara Cullen; Aisling Hannafan, Katelyn Leen; Dervla Jeffers, Katelyn Stack, Saoirse Moloney; Alanna Garcia, Alanna Stritch, Amy O’Sullivan.
WICKLOW: Sophie Bermingham (Kiltegan); Claudia Turner (Avondale), Siobhan Darcy (Eire Og), Shauna Kelly (Glenealy); Laura Doyle (Annacurra), KatieTyrrell (Donard/Glen), Maire Deegan (Carnew); Faye Corrigan (Kiltegan), Roisin Byrne (Knockannna); Amber House (Kiltegan), Ciara Boland (Kiltegan), Hannah Doyle (Annacurra); Orlagh Waters (Donard/ Glen), Daisie-Summer Cullen-Dunne (Donard/Glen), Aisling Goff (Eire Og). Subs: Tanya Sunderland for Turner (halftime), Emily Tyrrell for Darcy (half-time), Poppy-Rose Cullen-Dunne for Tyrrell (45).
Wicklow U-16s, who performed well in their defeat to Kerry.