U13 Camogie weekend match report

posted 25 Mar 2014, 02:20 by Skerries Harps   [ updated 25 Mar 2014, 04:48 ]

U13 Camogie. Skerries Harps 6-0 Na Fianna 1-2

The travelling panel of 16 players and a good gathering of supporters arrived at Collinstown on Sunday morning to
play league leaders Na Fianna. Much to the relief of all the morning was bright and a marked change from Saturday afternoon that had seen most of the girls playing football in hail showers. At the scheduled throw in time the referee had not made it to the match so the teams agreed to referee a half each. Big thanks to Terry Gormley for standing in there. 

The match got underway and it was clear the girls had got themselves focused as they were
edging most of the one on one match ups, the reward was a driven goal fairly early on. Shortly after this Mary
Halpin got a crack of a hurl on the thumb, and whilst she tried to soldier on for a while by going in goal she
could not continue and Alanna Murray came on in the full forward line. In the reshuffle Skerries lost their shape
a bit and Na Fianna came back into the match and started to threaten the Skerries goal. Then it came, a ball went
across the Skerries goal and with the defence stretched Na Fianna scored. It was now a goal a piece. 

Na Fianna again applied the pressure and scored a point. So at half time despite having most of the attacking play Skerries were behind by a point, and were going to be playing uphill in the second half, it was going to be tough. With a few observations and words of encouragement from their mentors still fresh in their minds the girls rose to the challenge and battled for absolutely everything. After about 5 minutes there was a melee on the Na Fianna goal line and after a few seconds (seemed like minutes) the sliother popped out across the goal line. Skerries in the lead by 2 points.
Na Fianna responded by putting pressure on Skerries and the match was played at a hectic pace up and down the
field for the next few minutes with Na Fianna having a couple of wides and Skerries shaving the post. Na Fianna's
next attack saw them score a point and then more pressure. Were the Skerries girls going to find victory taken
away from them at the end yet again. Not this time, with the Skerries full back and half back lines snuffing out
any further shooting chances for Na Fianna it was Skerries who had the opportunities. A couple of Skerries
attempts went close and then a goal, driven in from about 15 yards. With 3 more goals added without reply the full
time whistle went and after two draws and a loss by a point the girls had secured a very well deserved and
comprehensive victory over the league leaders.

Many thanks to our encouraging and vocal supporters and particularly to Anna who despite being unable to play
travelled to support her team mates

Congratulations girls you have proved to yourselves you can do it. Now the same again next week please.