Winning ways return for U12 Camogie

posted 24 Sep 2013, 00:53 by Skerries Harps   [ updated 24 Sep 2013, 09:16 ]
20 of the U12 camogie panel met beside the Townparks pitch at 1pm on Saturday for their penultimate league match of the season. A fortnight earlier they had come up just short with a pretty narrow defeat to the unbeaten league leaders, Good Counsel, and today were taking on Crumlin. Pre match preliminaries having been gone through , including turning jerseys inside out because of a colour clash, some stretching, warm up drills and a word from the coaching staff, including pointing out that the Dublin and Skerries Senior Camogie coach, Denis Murphy, was on the sideline, the starting line up took to the field of play. Very early on it was clear that Skerries had enough talent in the team to take the match to Crumlin, and so followed territorial and possession advantage to Skerries.
A couple of Skerries attempts went wide and where shots were on target the Crumlin defence was pretty resolute. All of a sudden the ball broke for Skerries in midfield, it was whipped upfield and Alana Holland ran on to it, connected with a solid strike and planted it in the bottom corner of the Crumlin goal. Skerries continued to have the vast majority of the possession and territory and when Crumlin did push upfield they were well contained by Kate Brereton and Sadhbh Culleton, the Skerries full backs. Around two thirds through the first half and despite several more attempts on goal there had been no further score, Jessica Anyanwu got onto the ball and drove at Crumlin down the left. Having made some space for herself she let fly with a shot out of hand that fizzed between several players at shoulder height and was only stopped by the back of the net. 2 goals for Skerries.  
Before half time Hannah Coleman came close with a couple of frees and the ball was in the Crumlin net again although apparently it had sneeked in through the side netting.  A half time it was Skerries 2-0 Crumlin 0-0.  So well earned half time jellies and after a few substitutions to make sure everyone gets game time it was back to the match.  With all these substitutions it took a while for the girls to find their feet in the second half and in that time Crumlin came back with 2 unstoppable goals.  With encouragement from the crowd Skerries started to get back into it with the defence again looking pretty solid and the ball starting to spend more time upfield.  Hannah’s luck changed and she scored lovely goal and 2 great points, one from a pretty acute angle.  Final whistle goes and Skerries run out the winners 3-2 to 2-0.  A great game of camogie.  As the girls came off the pitch they were all called together and Dennis Murphy congratulated the girls and gave them some great words of encouragement.  So girls well done 1 more league match to go. Thanks to all the supporters and those that packed up goalposts, flags etc afterwards and thanks to Dennis for taking time out from his busy schedule to watch and encourage the girls.