Leinster LGFA U16 Championship round one
Kildare ventured to the sunny south east on Sunday afternoon to play Wexford in this deferred round one Leinster under 16 Championship game. Unfortunately for both teams and sets of supporters that saying didn't live up to expectation as the rain and wind made it a misserable afternoon for a game.
Kildare started strong by putting Wexford on the back foot from the off but were wasteful with the chances created. Wexford’s keeper Kate O’Reilly was called upon on numerous occasions to prevent her side conceding what looked like certain goals.
The visitors eventually broke the deadlock with two points through Katie O’Loughlin and Ruth Birchill, The elusive goal that the visitors were hungry for soon followed as Hayley McCormack raced in from the right, shooting across goals to see her shot rattle the net.
Wexford broke up field from their kickout and just inside the 45 metre line won a free. Orlagh Kehoe lobbed the ball goalwards, deceiving everyone including Kildare ‘keeper Eleanor Trayonr for the ball to dip under the crossbar and hit the net.
An accidental collision with a Wexford player left Kelly Riordan shook and with a bloody mouth bringing her participation in the game to an end as she was replaced by Deirdre Doyle.
Kildare continued pressing and more points followed through O’Loughlin and Orlaith Sullivan with a free. Hayley McCormack finished the half's scoring netting her second goal of the half and tagging on a point to see her side lead at the break by 2-5 to 1-0.
The second half was a one-sided affair as Kildare upped the tempo, tagging on four points in succession pushing their lead out to nine points. Ciara Price added Kildare’s third goal and with that the game was now out of Wexford’s reach.
Both sides emptied their subs bench ensuring all players got game time. Wexford, to their credit, didn't allow the heads drop and continued to battle hard with great encouragement from their management team. Kildare finished strong adding two more points to their tally to see them run on comfortable winners with a winning margin of 18 points.
Sunday’s win for Kildare and Dublin’s win over Meath will see them contest the Leinster A final on May 20. Dublin defeated Kildare in Hawkfield by seven points in their opening championship game and Kildare know they will need to improve if they are to prevent Dublin from retaining their crown.
Kate o Reilly, Katie Kehoe,Shauna Nolan,Shauna Hackett, Loren Doyle, Lorna Fortune, Nicole Harding Kenny,Aine Redmond,Susan Boyle, Aoife Brides, Josephine Gahan, Aoife Cullen, Rachel Power, Orlagh Kehoe(1-0), Michelle Kinsella,
Subs used: Liadh Dwyer for Shauna Nolan, Ciara Murphy for Aine Redmond, Niamh McHugh for Josephine Gahan, Ava Pierce for Aoife Bridges, Sarah Hobbert for Rachel Power, Shauna White for Orlahh Kehoe, Kelly Anne Dempsey for Loren Doyle.
Eleanor Traynor, Lisa Shaw, Ciara Fennelly,Mia Supple,Ciara Price (1-1) Laoise Lenehan, Kelly Riordan, Sarah Rose Merrick, Katie O Loughlin (0-2,1f), Sally Kielty, Elaine Keogh, Ruth Birchill(0-1), Orlaith Sullivan (0-5,4f), Jodie Flanagan, Haley McCormack (2-1)
Subs Used: Olivia Zawadka, Emma Carroll, Sally Murphy, Marie Kelly, Ellie Fitzpatrick, Caoimhe Whiteley, Ciara Dunne, Niamh Krahn, Kim Morrissey, Sinead McKeon, Aoife Rattigan,(0-2,1f), Deirdre Doyle,
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