Minor Camogie campaign comes to an end

posted 26 Nov 2017, 09:29 by Skerries Harps

The minors finished their Division 2 Championship campaign on Sunday morning in a home fixture against strong and unbeaten Good Counsel side.  Having been beaten in their previous two matches there was no chance of Skerries progressing out of the championship group and with 4 of the starting 15 unavailable this was going to be a difficult game for the Skerries girls.  However this 15 entered into this match with some resolve and got off to a good start exerting pressure on the Good Counsel defence with a couple of close efforts before a goal bound Skerries free was tipped over the bar by Counsels keeper for the opening score.  Skerries continued to test the Counsel defence without adding to the scoreboard.  Good Counsel gradually got to grips with the match and scored two goals on the breakaway.  By halftime Counsel had added more to their tally with some impressive strikes to lead 4-5 to 0-1.  It would have been easy for the Skerries girls to throw in the towel however they started the second half as they did the first and went on the attack.  A pattern emerged of Skerries pressure countered by Good Counsel breakaways.  4 substitutes were used and all played their part as the Skerries girls put together some good scores to record 2-3 in the half. They also forced several saves from the Counsel keeper, had a strike cannon off the crossbar and a goalmouth scramble with Counsel just beating an outstretched Skerries hurl to the ball as it squirmed along the goal line.  Whilst the final score was Skerries 2-4 v Good Counsel 5-9, this was by far the best overall performance of this young team in the Championship.  All 19 girls went onto the pitch with a determination and desire to do their best for the team and they did for the whole 60 minutes.  All of the girls that played will be eligible to play as minors next year so with this years experience behind them and plenty of camogie to be played before the next championship the hopes are that they can have a better campaign in 2018.