Kilcullen 4 -10 Leixlip 2 – 8
The Kilcullen U13 girls travelled to Leixlip in north Kildare on Saturday the 8th of October to fulfill round four of the u13 league.
The Kilcullen girls started brightly but scores were hard to come by and Leixlip opened the scoring with two points. Kilcullen registered a goal, scored by Edwina Birchall after some excellent passing by Hannah Breen and Sophie Ngai. Kilcullen took control of the game and added a further 1-4 without reply and opened up a 2-4 to 0-2 lead after the first quarter of an hour. Sophie Ngai added the second goal and also scored a point. Abbie Fitzgerald scored two points and Eabha Devenney also got her name on the score sheet. However, Leixlip were playing on their home turf and decided to increase their work rate and presence and scored a goal and point and take control of the match. The Leixlip half backs and midfield partnership dominated possession and after some physical confrontation managed to bring the match level by half time. The half time score was 2-5 each with the Leixlip girls in command.
At the start of the second half, the Leixlip girls continued to have the upper hand and took a lead of two points. The Kilcullen half backs decided to take the game to Lexilip and lead by the determination and bravery of Jenna Pembroke supported by the pacey Ellen Coleman and Ava Cronin, Kilcullen got on top of the Lexilip forwards. An excellent catch by Chloe Acton and the ball was worked through the lines up the field to Eabha who decided to take on the Leixlip backs and performed a strong solo, passed to Abbie Fitz to score a tidy goal into the corner of the net.
Once Kilcullen got in front and the midfield pairing of Eabha and Caitlin took control of midfield, supported by a superb half back line, the forwards put the scores on the board as Kilcullen played smart football, availed of the pitch side and opened up the space. Points by Abbie, Sophie, Rachel and Mia put daylight between the teams. An excellent long distance solo by Eabha who looked to have taken too much out of the ball, ended with a an excellent goal scored with her left foot.
The Kilcullen girls can be very proud of their performance in what was the toughest match to-date. Rachel Carey was rock solid in goals, Chloe, Siobhra and Roisin Brown keep tight control on the Leixlip full forwards. Ellie and Hannah supported their colleagues in the forwards. Hannah Crowley and Amy Bermudez provided good protection to the Kilcullen goals in their second half display. Lucy Aylward and Lucy O’Toole, Siofra and Mia played their parts in the forwards.
The Kilcullen girls have earned wins over Edenderry, St Laurances, Sarafield and Leixlip and have a home semi final to come on the third weekend in October. They play their final league match, at home on Friday the 14th against Maynooth at 7.30pm.
Kilcullen scores ; Abbie Fitzgerald 1-3; Sophie Ngai 1-2; Eabha Devenney 1-1; Edwina Birchall 1-1; Rachel Keane, Ellen Coleman and Mia Phelan 0-1 each
Kilcullen: Rachel Carey, Roisin Brown, Chloe Acton, , Siobhra Ni Bheachain, Ava Cronin, Jenna Pembroke, Ellen Coleman, Eabha Devenney, Caitlin Kennedy, Hannah Breen, Sophie Ngai, Rachel Keane, Edwina Birchall, Abbie Fitzgerald, and Ellie Bermudez. Subs Amy Bermudez, Hannah Crowley, Mia Phelan, Lucy Alyward, Siofra O’Reilly, and Lucy O’Toole