U/12 Girls Premier - Holycross FC 4-1 Borris/StKevins - Holycross FC maintained their unbeaten run this season thanks to a fine display over near neighbors Borris/St Kevins. The windy conditions in Glenbane didn’t deter these two sides from producing a competitive game of real quality.
The opening spell of the first half was an even affair but eventually the home side got on the front foot and duly went in front courtesy of a fine strike from Grace Cummings. Borris/St Kevins pressed for an equaliser however went into the half time break in arrears. After the restart the visitors began in the ascendency and deservedly drew level Emer Cleary with a powerful shot that proved to hot handle for the Holycross FC custodian. The home side were now pegged back into their own half and were it not for the Holycross FC keeper Saoirse Teer, who produced two class saves when faced one v one with the Borris/St kevins striker, the visitors could have been out of sight. Holycross FC spurned on by the heroics of Saoirse pressed forward and hit the away side with two quick fire goals, both goals identical, Rachel Sweeney with low drives that left the keeper with no chance. Maire Mc Grath put the icing on the cake with a simple tap in following good work from Rachel Sweeney.
Nenagh AFC A 3-0 Birdhill
Nenagh AFC Under 12 “A” girls took on Birdhill last Saturday in an important league match. Having been beaten by Birdhill in the first meeting of the two sides earlier in the season, the girls were determined to get a better result this time. This they did with a highly commendable performance against strong opposition and won the match three nil. The first half was evenly contested with both sides having chances to score. However, it was Nenagh AFC who took the lead when Katie Costello latched onto a loose ball near the Birdhill goals and finished to the net. This was the half time score line. Nenagh AFC girls upped their performance in the second half and dominated for the majority of it. Their efforts were rewarded when Katie Costello completed her hat trick with two goals. One of those goals was a cracking free kick that flew into the top corner of the net. A panel of 12 girls were present on the day and every one of them contributed to the win. Kiara Hearty in goals was again very reliable and pulled off some great saves in the first half after Nenagh AFC had taken the lead. Grace Fleming had her best game of the season to date with a solid performance in defence and later, in midfield. Anna Mae Powell was again very reliable and put in a number of important tackles. Charlize O Shea played well in defence while Isle Lombard was excellent when called upon. In midfield Katie Costello improves with every game and fully deserved her hat trick. Aine Slattery and Megan Dunne were brilliant in support of Katie in the centre of the park. Fiona Kirwan was, again, her usual solid self in her defensive midfield role clearing attacks and helping her defence. Up front Leah Meaney put in a great effort getting into good positions and was unlucky not to score as the Birdhill keeper pulled off a brilliant save from a shot by Leah. Caoimhe Clancy was also unlucky not to score. Her positive attitude and encouragement to her team mates before the match inspired them and set the tone for the team performance. Emily Griffin continues to improve as a forward getting into good positions around the goal.
Nenagh AFC B 1-0 Holycross FC
Nenagh AFC “B” Under 12 “B” girls took on Holycross B in Brickfields on Saturday last. In a highly entertaining match the Nenagh girls won on a 1-0 score line. The Nenagh girls controlled the match for long periods. The first half was dominated by Nenagh as they created a number of chances. However, it took a stunning free kick from Leah McLoughney for Nenagh to take the lead. She hit a thunderous shot low to the corner of the net. In the second half Holycross came into the match a bit more and both teams had chances but there were to be no further scores and Nenagh held on for a great one nil win.
Great credit must go to all the girls. Sine Morris had good game in goals in the first half and a brilliant game outfield in the second half. She was unlucky not to score. Laura Dillon in defence had her best match of the season so far. She was excellent, stopping all that Holycross threw at her. Anna Powell had a great first half in defence. Herself and Laura forming at good partnership there. In the second half she went into goals and kept a clean sheet. Caoimhe Kennedy, Siobhan Dalton and Chloe McAuliffe put in excellent displays in midfield. Leah McLoughney was again at her brilliant best. She crowned her display with the winning goal. Lucy Armstrong continues to get better with every game. Her movement up front was very good and she took shots with right and left foot. Shannon English was also in attendance and was very unfortunate not to be able to play. Well done girls on a great win.
U16 Girls League
Nenagh AFC 0 Birdhill 2
Despite the bitterly cold conditions prevailing both sides served up a sizzling contest filled with skilful play and sporting endeavour. Munster finalists Nenagh started the better and with Leah Rooney, Ruth Kenneally and Eimear Ryan solid in defence, Hazel McAuliffe and Cloe Connolly dominating in midfield and Paula Quinlan getting forward to good effect on the right flank, it was not long before the Birdhill goal was under siege. Birdhill, however, were in no mood for easy capitulation and a defence marshalled well by Gemma McCarthy, Chloe Linihan,Adelaide Ryan and goalkeeper Katie Jones, who’s save from a point blank McAuliffe shot was worthy of particular note, weathered the storm to preserve equality. Indeed Nenagh had their own goalkeeper Christine Coffey to thank when she brought off a wonderful save from a Keely Linihan piledriver as Birdhill struck on the break just before half time.
Indeed Birdhill emerged with greater resolve after the restart and were beginning to enjoy parity in the possession stakes with Ciara Ryan and Trudy Hurley seeing more of the ball up front.
Ten minutes into the half it was Birdhill who broke the deadlock when Keely Linihan raced onto a Gemma McCarthy through ball to place her shot past the advancing Coffey for the opening goal. Minutes later Nenagh were rocked as Linihan again got inside their defence to register a second in similiar fashion to the first.
Now two down in a game they had dominated Nenagh regrouped and pressed forward in search of goals. Again Birdhill defended in numbers and while Nenagh attacked with menace and had good efforts from Lorna Shore and Cloe Connolly they just could not register the score that would have ensured a grand stand finish.
Holycross FC 0-2
This eagerly anticipated derby fixture between two neighbors and in the case of the players, classmates, didn’t disappoint on saturday afternoon last. Holycross FC went into the match down three regulars but none the less gave a performance full of endeavor and honesty of effort. The first half neither side really got a foothold but it was the away side who broke the deadlock, ex Holycross FC player Tara Fitzpatrick broke free of the defense and sent a shot low and hard into the bottom right of the net. The home side pressed forward and almost drew level Anna Gavin putting a shot just inches wide of the goalpost. Borris/St Kevins began the second half playing some good football in particular Robyn Moore and Shonagh Cleary, Holycross FC defense did respond well to the pressure Katie Ryan giving an excellent display at the heart of the defense, went in search of the all important equalizer, but alas it was the away side who grabbed the all important next goal, Shonagh Cleary the goalscorer. Great credit to both sides in playing the match in such a good competitive spirit.
Birdhill 1-6 BT Harps
BT Harps kept hold of second place in the league following a resounding win over birdhill. Eanna Mc Bride was the star of the show grabbing a hat - rick , further goals came from Jamie Ryan, Jason Heskin and Rory O Dwyer.