On Sunday last we played Rush in a challenge match in the Ballast Pit, it was the first time in a few weeks that we combined both red and blue teams into one. The teams were 15 a side.
Jessica Cashin started in goal and the six backs were Shauna McGowan ,Molly Nealon Emily Healy in the full back line with Annie O Dea, Hannah Fennell and Hanna Lengenhager in the half back line.
Niamh Cotter and Eva Delaney were at mid field.
Half forward line was Naoise Finnegan,Hanna Hogan and Sarah Murphy with the full forward line made up of Ciara Rigney ,Caoimhe Ni Domhnaill and Caoimhe Boylan.
Niamh Maurs (Rush) are in a one team group and are familiar with playing as a unit they have some very good players with good ball control probably as a result of having a hurling wall.
Skerries scored first after a fair pit of pressure through a great Ciara Rigney shot and then Maurs got a great goal from a long distance out that gave our goalie no chance. Skerries were struggling to keep Maurs out for a long time in the first half but all the backs were excellent and only conceded a point before half time leaving the score Maurs 1.1 Skerries 1.0.
In the second half Naoise Finnegan moved to midfield and got on a lot of ball and made very good use of it hitting a pass into Caoimhe Ni Domhnaill who blocked the sliotar and turned and whacked it to the net ,Skerries ahead by two points. Hanna Hogan and in turn Caoimhe Boylan also helped out at midfield and turned matters in Skerries favour. Eva Delaney who went centre half forward lifted and struck a super shot that had she been closer would have been a score. Eva came well into the game in the second half after a quite start and looks like she is getting back to her best. Niamh Cotter got on a lot of ball and did a lot of good work as did Sarah Murphy who is improving with every game.
With 10 minutes to go Naoise Finnegan who got a nasty blow to her hand before half time but played on lifted the ball took her four steps hopped the ball on her hurley before firing a super shot into the roof of the net , it was no more than Skerries deserved.
Next came a second Maurs goal again a shot from out the field that left Jessica disappointed that she had not blocked. Maurs added another point leaving Skerries ahead 3.0 to 2.2. This is how it finished.
All the girls played well and you could see an improvement from the start of summer .The six backs showed well and all at different times lifted and cleared this is very encouraging
Being two neighbouring teams there was good support for both sides which added to the occasion.