The u11 camogie girls played Na Fianna on Sunday 16th on the main pitch. Two teams were fielded and this is the match report on the Red Team .
The first half started at a rapid pace with the Skerries girls working hard and displaying a battling spirit. Jessica Cashin worked hard in goal executing some nice saves and clearing her lines well. The defence worked well together with good blocks from Caoimhe Boylan who was tireless in her efforts along with Sarah Murphy and Alice Grimes both battling hard. Robyn Buckley was outstanding throughout, her strength, agility and superb striking causing the opposition great problems. Some excellent skill from the Na Fianna side saw them score first, but the Skerries girls battled on. Robyn Joyce was a rock in defence and up front Ciara Rigney is improving with every match.
Eva Delaney was relentless in her efforts and was rewarded with a fine goal from 20 yards out. This lifted the spirits of the home side and a good display of lifting and striking was given by Hannah Hogan ,Eva Delaney,Robyn Buckley and Caoimhe Boylan. A very entertaining first half for the large group of supporters on the side lines.
The half ended level 1-1 thanks in part to a few Na Fianna wides but also due to the pure determination of Saibh Kelly whose strength and hard work was vital. Leah Howells ground shots were strong and she put in some fine tackles.
The Second half started badly for the home side who seemed to take a while to wake up, with the opposition scoring 4 goals in the opening 5 mins .The heads were visibly down at this stage with girls standing back,giving the opposition free rein to score some more. After some sideline advice from mentors Paul Finnegan and Pat Boylan things improved with Eva Delaney and Hannah Hogan lifting the ball well.Robyn Buckley not willing to give up was rewarded with a beautiful point. Unfortunately we left ourselves with too much work to do and some lessons to learn.
This group of girls are improving weekly and it is nice to see the skills practiced at training being put into action on the pitch.