U12 Camogie - Match report

posted 4 Jun 2013, 00:21 by Skerries Harps   [ updated 4 Jun 2013, 10:30 ]
It was 6.45 last Thursday evening.  The sun was out and the U12 camogie
panel started arriving at the ballast pit for their league match against
Naomh Brid who were coming over from Castleknock.  By the time referee
called the two teams on the field there were 18 players in the Skerries
squad, looking to put behind them the loss from the previous weekend.  
The 11 in the starting line up took their places and we were off.  It was clear
from the start that Brid were strong in the middle of the park and so
Jessica Anyanwu and Megan Carroll, who was playing out of her usual position
tried to get close their opposite numbers.  But the Brid midfield were
tricky and found space early on creating opportunities for the Brid front
line who were not as strong and missed several opportunities before scoring a goal.
Having brought on Claudia Herbert and moved Megan back to her more usual
position of half back Skerries started to get back into the game.  This was
the first of many changes necessary to give all the girls game time.  The
opportunities for Brid became few and far between and Skerries had a couple
of wides.  Then the breakthrough as Anna Calvez chased though on a loose
ball and slotted it into the net.  One goal a piece.  
However, before half time Brid managed to score a second goal.  So not for the first time this
year Skerries went in behind at half time.  Off came the helmets, a quick
drink and a couple of fruit jellies and then some words of encouragement and
advice from the mentors, "remember what we worked on in training", "close
down the midfield and we can win this" and the old favourite "hit it hard
with a full swing and they will not want to know".  Well when the second
half started the 11 on the field were barely recognisable from the 11 that
started the game.  The second half was a much more even one with some good
hard end to end play.  Emma Parker was now upfront and battled with the Brid
defence to get the sliother over the line, levelling up the match.  Skerries
tried to go hang on and despite making a couple of saves second half goalkeeper Aoife
Arnold, was eventually beaten, the score is now Skerries 2-0 v Brid 3-0. 
Back Skerries came and after about five minutes of Skerries pressure the ball came to Alanna Murray who struck it hard past the Brid goalkeeper, 3-0 a piece.   Now there is an adage in some
sports, you are most vulnerable after scoring, and this proved true in this
match as Brids came down the pitch almost from throw in and scored again.
From the throw in Skerries took the sliother and Claudia Herbert started to
find some space on the right and was firing balls just wide.  Skerries
missed a super chance and the management team thought the luck was out
however one of Claudia's shots hit the bar (or post) and dropped in front of
goal.  Emma Parker got to it first and planted it into the net.  Yes back
level again, now lets concentrate.   After some more hard work by both teams
the referee blew the final whistle.  Both teams lined up in the centre of
the pitch and shook hands.  There were a number of things that were pleasing
to the management team, these included the return of both Aoife Arnold and
Kate Brereton from injury, the large numbers of supporters and the effort
the girls had put in, they had played much better than the previous match
and given it their all.  All in all the draw was the fair result.