Cilles the winners in a very windy Ashbourne
Meath LGFA league division 5, Sunday 24th March 2019.
FT Donaghamore/Ashbourne B 4.5 (17) St Colmcilles B 5.7 (22)
HT Donaghamore/Ashbourne B 3.5 (14) St Colmcilles B 1.0 (3)
The home team won the coin toss and elected to start with the gale at their backs. DonAsh racked up four points by the 8thminute despite stout defending from Cilles.
Making any progress upfield was very tough against the wind and the tenacious tacking from the home side. However Saoirse pulled a goal back for Cilles with a poachers finish into the corner in the 14th minute.
Cilles forwards had to work with very little possession but ensured that DonaAsh backs and midfield were not given any time or space to work the ball back into Cilles half.
It took another 9 minutes for DonAsh to score again but their pressure eventually paid off and they rattled in 2.2. It would have been more but Cliodhna chased from midfield to block what looked to be a certain goal.
Half time and Cilles were 11 points down but would have the wind and 12 substitutes for the restart from the very large travelling party.
The half-time talk was to build on the first-half performance, use the wind, close the space and take the scores. Alannah duly hammered into the net inside the first minute.
Cilles were relentless in closing up for every kick-out and pressing DonAsh inside their own 45. Alannah with a second goal, Orla with 2 points and captain Ashling with 1.1, brought Cilles one point ahead by the 7th minute.
Cilles continued to press and score with two points from Tess and one each for Hannah and Rebecca. Ashling added another goal from the penalty spot when pulled down having made a storming run through the defence.
DonAsh never gave up and scored a fine goal for the last score of the game.
That each team could only score once when facing the wind gives a sense of how difficult the conditions were. Cilles made the most of their scoring opportunities and will thank their first-half team for ensuring that DonAsh were not allowed to take more of their chances.
Cilles travelled with 30 players today, 27 of whom were fit to play. Each player gave a huge effort today and deserved their victory.
St Colmcilles B – team and scorers: Caoimhe McPeake, Eimear Daly, Caoimhe Horan, Aoife Hall, Meg Sowray, Cliodhna Cairns, Caitlin Cudden, Sabhin O’Sullivan, Hannah Connell (0.1), Sheena Carroll, Ashling Dyer (C)(2.1, 1.0 penalty, 1f), Karolina Slionskyte, Saoirse McPeake (1.0), Georgina Stephenson, Aoibhin Butler, Grainne Reilly, Enya Carroll, Danielle Sweeney, Kate Ward, Tara Short, Orla Deegan (0.2), Tess O’Neill (0.2), Caoimhe Walsh, Katie Atkinson, Alannah Boland (2.0), Aoibhin Butler, Rebecca Kirwan (0.1), Catherine Gray, Deanna McGowan, Naoife Lenihan