Under 11 Camogie team played Castleknock in Skerries

posted 8 Apr 2013, 10:23 by Skerries Harps

On Sunday 7th Harps under 11 camogie played Castleknock on Townparks in Skerries, This was the first league game of the year and being under 11 was the first full game of their lives.

Pitches were set up side by side running to three quarters of main pitch, .It was 25 min per half the longest the girls had played without a break prompting some to ask at half time if it was over, In all 17 girls turned out leaving it 9v9 and 8v8 with no subs a fact that came against Skerries red as two girls were side-lined at the same time at one stage,


Teams were divided into Harps blue and Harps red versus Castleknock blue and Castleknock red


Blue played blue and it was a cracking game , lots of good ground pulling and full commitment from both sides .Jessica Cashin started in goal for first half and kept a clean sheet due in no small part to great defending by Emily Healy  Caoimhe Ni Domhnaill and Sarah Murphy. The game was scoreless at half time even though there were some very close chances for both sides. In the second half Skerries got of to a great start when Niamh Cotter goaled from distance , this was followed up by goals from Annie O Dea , Robyn Joyce Niamh Cotter again and Leah Howell,

It was great to see girls getting stuck in and not being afraid  none more so than Hannah Hogan who though slightly injured coming into game left bloodied and bruised after giving it everything.


The red versus red game was very similar in the first half with Castleknock just sneacking a goal before half time. The Skerries team was Shauna McGowan in goal with Alice Grimes and Naoise Finnegan in defence . At midfield we had Mia Loruenzo Gilmpre , Eva Delaney and Hannah Fennell. Up front were Ciara Rigney and Kerri Costello.


Unlucky to be a goal down at half time Skerries conceded a few goals mid-way through second half and it was to prove too difficult to come back from this even though Shauna McGowan who moved outfield for second half  got a goal back it was not enough .Harps were unlucky to get minor injuries to Naoise Finnegan and Hannaha Fenell around the same time both who were playing very well this upset the rhythm of the team. It was a pity at this stage that Skerries had no subs to bring on .


While the reds lost the match there was a lot to take from the game Shauna McGowan was very dependable in goal as usual  Alice Grimes kept getting stuck in as she always does  though she tired a little in the second half, Naoise Finnegan was excellent until she had to retire with a finger injury and Hannah Fenell  cleared  huge amount of ball while under severe pressure in the second half. Eva Delaney excelled all over the pitch and gave a superb performance.  Ciara Rigney who is not playing as long as the others had spells in attack and defence and learned a lot from the game , Kerri Costello was very unlucky not to score and again though she got a bang she battled on strongly. Mia Lourenzo Gilmore  a very talented girl never gave up and showed some great touches in midfield and  was unlucky a few times not to get a better reward for her efforts.


With the reduced numbers in the second half the Skerries girls got tiered, probably due to missed training because of bad weather , indeed Castleknock mentors informed us that they haven’t missed any training due to access to all weather pitch.


In summary this was a good day for the girls who  played two hard but fair games winning one and losing one. The day was helped by a good turnout of parents who helped support the teams and the mentors.