Leinster U16 Championship – round 3
Meath v Kildare
Sunday April 8th
Half time: Meath 0-04 – Kildare 1-06
Full time: Meath 2-09 – Kildare 5 -14
Hawkfield was the venue for the round 3 fixture in the Leinster LGFA U16 ‘A’ Championship today. Referee Ciaran Groome threw in the ball and both teams started what was to be an epic match.
Kildare got themselves on the scoreboard first with a point which settled them into the game. Kildare chalked up another point when Aoife Rattigan converted a wonderful free.
Meath came close to undoing this but Kildare’s Ellie Fitzpatrick denied Mollie Browne a goal. Orlaith Sullivan followed up with a point to Kildare, making it 3 points unanswered.
Olivia Gore set up Emma Duggan and the cool-headed Meath player popped it over the bar. Louise Coyne’s shot dropped short into Kildare’s Keeper – Eleanor Traynor’s hands but was blocked down by Alannah Boland as Meath continued to apply the pressure.
Sarah Rose Merrick scored a beauty of a point, taking her shot from a very tight angle making it Kildare 0-4 Meath 0-1
This was followed by an Aoife Rattigan charge down the field, taking her shot on goal but with the brilliant reflexes of Meath Keeper Clara McCanna the ball was sent over the bar for a point.
Meath showed great skill and team work between Olivia Gore, Aideen Jones and Alannah Boland allowing Boland in to take on the keeper but she took her point. Kildare instantly responded when Louise Coyne send the ball sailing over the bar.
The game continued at a high intensity but super moves from Kildare captain Laoise Lenehan kept Meath out. The home team continued to push on and shortly before the break Sally Kielty smashed the ball into the back of Meath’s nets.
Half time in Hawkfield Kildare 1-6 Meath 0-4.
Kildare made sure to get themselves onto the scoreboard first again in the second half with point from Orlaith Sullivan from a free. The visitors battled hard to break through but had two chances go a begging.
Shortly after this Traynor made a fantastic save only for the ball to be stole from her by Emma Duggan who was then dragged to the ground. Duggan went onto to make her free count by sending the ball over for a point.
Kildare tried to stretch their lead but excellent defending from Meath’s Ali Sherlock and Orla Finnegan kept them out.
This would not last long as Ruth Birchall found herself in the perfect position, no Meath players anywhere near her or between her and the goal so when the ball was sent over her head she got it and buried it into the back of the net.
Sullivan got herself two more points from frees before Mollie Browne was denied a goal by the post.
A great pass from Jodie Flanagan set up her club team mate Aoife Rattigan for a point making it Kildare 2-11 Meath 0-6. It wasn’t before Meath had 7 points on the board when Aoife Delaney and serval Meath players were involved in a great move up the field and stuck it between the posts.
Once again the on fire Birchall received a beautiful pass over her head from Carbury’s Sullivan and was in on goal once more. She capitalised on her position by sending the ball into the bottom of the net.
Rattigan, Birchall and Price grabbed a point each as the away side could only respond with one.
Simonstown’s Orla Conlon pulled off an unbelievable save stopping the ball from going into the top left-hand corner of the Meath goal but Birchall was on her toes and caught the rebound and fired it into the net making it Kildare 4-14 Meath 0-8.
Meath weren’t ready to lie down just yet and Meadhbh Byrne got the visitors back into the game with two fantastic goals, one of which dipped just at the right time to get under the bar. This was followed by an Aideen Jones point giving Meath a tally of 2-09.
Unfortunately, it was little to late for Meath and Elaine Keogh wrapped up the victory for Kildare as she buried the ball into Meath’s nets for the last time of the game.
Meath team & scorers:
Clara McCanna, Orla Finnegan, Ali Sherlock, Aoibhe Monaghan, Saoirse O’Kane, Caragh Monaghan, Aoibhinn Bracken, Aoife Delaney (0-01), Aisling McCabe, Louise Coyne, Mollie Browne (0-01), Olivia Gore, Aideen Jones (0-02), Alannah Boland (0-01), Emma Duggan (0-04).
Subs used: Meabh Byrne (2-00), Orla Conlon, Alice McGrath, Eimear Fay, Emma Regan, Ellen Grant, Zoe Kirwan, Orla Byrne, Kerri Martin.