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U14 Girls Progress

posted 17 Aug 2012, 06:31 by Shaun-Marty Lawless

Girls U14 Championship 2012.

16th August 2012. Ballyhegan Davitts V Carrickcruppin.

Ballyhegan Park.


This young Davitts team took to the field to play their first Championship match against the well fancied division two outfit. However the Davitts were determined not to let the South Armagh side have it all their own way and after establishing superiority in midfield Ballyhegan put a flowing move together which resulted in the first score of the game by Anna Ferguson. This was soon followed by a goal from Anna giving the Davitts a platform to build on. The team were in total control of the game as the midfield duo of Lauren O’Gorman and Aimee McKeever, helped by the industry of Sarah Louise Doherty from half back, dominated possession and didn’t allow Carrickcruppin a foothold in the match. Some stylish forward play from Ciara McGrane saw her score two first half points. The home sides’ defence was in a miserly mood and only conceded one point in the first half, with Emma McGrane at fullback dominating in the air and on the ground.

The job was only half done and the girls were told at the break to expect a backlash from the division two side. Sure enough the South Armagh team started the second half with more urgency. The Davitts defence was tested but stood strong, with important blocks from Niamh Donnelly and Jane McCann. Jo Malone in goal gave her usual display of bravery and skill, but was powerless to stop a rasping shot from the Carrickcruppin full forward which brought them back into the game with 15 minutes left. Ballyhegan’s front line of Eimear McCann and Anna Ferguson had given their all and were replaced with fresh legs of Aine McGrane and Grace Ferguson. Both of these young girls, playing up from U12, gave the much bigger Carrickcruppin defence a real headache in the final quarter. With the game still in the balance the Davitts defence needed to stay strong. Sinead Donaghy although marking a much taller girl simply refused to allow her opponent any possession, with five minutes left Sinead was first to a loose ball again and as usual she used possession well, feeding Bronagh McGrane who was a willing runner all evening, this started a flowing move which resulted in Grace Ferguson running in on goal, but the young Davitt was hauled down inside the square and the ref had to give the spot kick. This was the defining moment of the game and up stepped the season’s top goal scorer Niamh McGrane to slot home the penalty in the bottom right corner. Ballyhegan were in total control now and late substitute Kiera Rooney nearly added a spectacular goal from a tight angle. Davitts didn’t need it in the end and were comfortable winners with a score line of 2-5 to 1-2. All who attended will agree this was a great game of football with the Davitts producing their finest performance of the season when it really mattered. A word of praise must go to Carrickcruppin who played the game in great spirit and were generous in defeat.

Many thanks to Stephen McGrane, Terry Malone, Bernard McGrane and Moya O’Gorman who did line and umpire duties.


Ballyhegan Davitts:

Jo Malone Niamh Donnelly Emma McGrane Jane McCann Sinead Donaghy Sarah Louise Doherty Niamh McGrane Lauren O’Gorman Aimee McKeever Ciara McGrane Bronagh McGrane Anna Ferguson Eimear McCann Grace Ferguson Aine McGrane Kiera Rooney Caitlin McGrane Catriona Hamil.


Well done Davitts good luck next round!