Cashel Town Schoolgirls under 14’s prepared for this weekend’s Munster Cup semi-final with a rather
novel game last Thursday.
Such is the size of the squad, they entered two teams, the Rockets and the Rebels into this year’s Tipperary league, and results dictated that they ended up being pitted against one another in the semi-finals of the Shield competition.
The Rockets who lead the Premier league by a country mile went into the game as firm favourites to advance over the younger Rebels, but the second team decided they had a point to prove and matched their older counterparts right throughout the first half, before taking the lead when the youngest player on the pitch Allessia Mazzola beat three defenders and squared for Leah Baskin to fire home. They held this lead until midway into the second period when their resistance was finally broken by a Ciara Dwan equaliser, but only for the intervention of county u14 goalkeeper Juliet Delahunty making a fantastic save minutes before the end of normal time, the Rebels could have pulled off a famous victory. Eventually experience and age told in extra time and as the younger girls tired, Dwan hit a second before the one of the division’s top players Emily Mc Grath got the insurance goal in the dying moments. The game was played at a breakneck speed in front of a huge crowd, and referee John O Dwyer paid the girls the highest compliment at the end, saying it was the best game he’s overseen in 19 years with the whistle.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.