U14 Feile Peil na nÓg
Our next round of the National League is this Saturday 16th March, against Longford. The Game is in Saval at 1pm. We had seven of our senior squad on the Queens panel for the O’Connor Cup Semi Final, well-done girls! Our ladies had a busy Sunday morning, first up training in the snow and hailstones to then cooking up a storm with the nutritionist from scratch! Well done girls and management!
The kicked off their Ulster campaign with a home game at Saval against Fermanagh over the weekend. Straight from the throw in it was Down on the attack with a great move involving Megan Jennings, Taylor Poland and Anna McKee although the build-up was quality the finish was not so good with Down recording their first wide, a theme that would continue for a lot of this game. On 7 mins Down won a free on the opposition 20 metre line, up stepped Erin Rogers to take the kick which she slotted between the underside of the bar and the keeper’s fingers for a goal, Down were on their way. The Mourne ladies grew in confidence from then on scoring 7 unanswered points from Rebecca Laverty (3) Erin Rogers (2) Taylor Poland and Anna Mc Kee to take a 1-07 to no score lead with 5 mins to half time. Down were on top and this was mainly due to the great work from the back six turning over ball all day and setting up the attacks.
Fermanagh managed one score in the last minute of play to leave it 1-07 to 0-01 at half time. Down started the second half in great style with a major from the impressive Taylor Poland to put real daylight between the sides, however Fermanagh would not roll over with Down making changes they scored 2-02 to Down’s 1-01 in the next fifteen minutes. The fresh legs Down brought on started to have an impact on precedings scoring four unanswered points the last a fine effort from Niamh Mc Dowell to run out comfortable winners 3-12 to 2-03.
U16 – BORN 2003 ONLY
The girls training will continue this week with a midweek session, details to be confirmed. With clubs in action on Saturday there will be no county training this weekend.
U15 – BORN 2004 ONLY
The girls made the trip to Largy College Clones on Saturday for a clash with Monaghan in the opening round of the 2019 Ulster League.
Down played against the wind in the first half and it was Monaghan who settled quicker going 0-2 up before Down got a foothold in the game and notched up 1-1 to edge in front after a sustained spell of pressure on the Monaghan defence, with a fine goal deceiving the Monaghan keeper to drop under the crossbar into the corner of the net. The hosts then took the initiative with a string of points to take a 3 point lead. The Mourne girls pulled it back level with a well taken goal of their own, low and hard into the corner of the net to leave it all square, but it was the Monaghan girls who had the purple patch, putting Down on the back foot, going in at the break in front after converting a fine penalty to lead 1-8 to 2-2.
Down were well in this game after facing a stiff breeze and a heavy hail shower into their faces in that first period. After re-grouping at the break, the girls came flying out of the blocks at the start of the second half to make it all square after just two minutes of play with a goal as a result of chasing down the ball, resulting in fancy footwork to take the ball around the keeper and kick into an empty net. From that point onwards, the red and blacks took control with the defence sweeping up everything that was thrown at them by a good Farney outfit, who ran at the Down defence.
The work rate and resolve from the Down girls was a joy to watch, and it was the solid platform by the goalkeeper, defence and midfield that allowed the forwards to drive onwards and add a further 1-4 to close out the game on a scoreline of 4-6 to 1-8, with some well-taken points and a super goal hitting the roof of the net. This fine performance by the Down girls was as a result of a strong squad of 34 talented hard working footballers pushing each other on week in, week out.
Well done girls. Next up for the girls is an away fixture against Armagh on 23rd March. Many thanks to Monaghan for the post-match refreshments and hospitality, and to the ongoing support from parents.
U14 – BORN 2005 ONLY
Training resumes this week with session indoors at St Malachy’s school from 7-8. ALL PLAYERS TO ATTEND. Girls will also be given their new training tops and jumpers on Tuesday night. Our Ulster championship campaign also resumes this week in Armagh (venue to be confirmed) with games against Armagh and Monaghan. As soon as we know the venue we can let you know about travel arrangements etc. Any players not available for this weekend’s matches please let management know as soon as possible.