Under 13 Girls – League Series: Kilcullen 4-10 Leixlip 2-08

                   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

Kilcullen U 13 girls are the best Team in the county

 U13 GIRLS 2015Division 1 Final

 

Venue: Hawkfield 14.10.15

 

Kilcullen Girls U13 Girls 1-09 – 2.03 Maynooth U13 Girls

 

Kilcullen’s U 13 Girls proved that they are the best team in the county following a fantastic Division 1 win over an excellent Maynooth Team. This victory was built on huge commitment and outstanding performances throughout the league campaign by Katie Fogarty, Love McKinney, Rebecca Walsh, Amiee DeCourcy, Mia Whelan and Fiona Eguare. Whilst Maynooth had beaten Kilcullen in their earlier encounter during the league the Kilcullen girls were determined to put things right. The Kilcullen girls dominated the first half with Eabha Devenney scoring a fine opening point. This was quickly followed by an excellent point from Rachel Keane. Rachel is one of the most improved player and used possession well throughout.

The outstanding Ruth Burchill knocked over a tasty point and this was quickly followed by a brilliant run and point from equally brilliant Sally Murphy. Our dynamic duo of Burchill and Murphy have put in outstanding midfield performances. Maynooth pushed forward and won a free which they scored. Sydney Sheridan then knocked over a beautiful point from a free. Sydney had an absolutely terrific match and won a savage amount of ball for her team and as always used the possession intelligently to set up scoring chances for her team-mates. Abbie Fitzgerald again produced an excellent full forward display of ball winning and clever distribution.

Abbie Creedon scored a point with her cultured left foot. We have seen Abbie put in many fine performances for the Rags but this was her best ever performance. Whilst there were many moments to highlight the fighting spirit of the girls, the stand out moment was when Abbie ran the length of the pitch to catch up with one of Maynooth’s speed merchants and slowed her down and won possession which resulted in Murphy knocking over her second point. At half time it was 7 points to 1 in the girls favor. In our earlier league match Maynooth’s right half back and right half forward had run riot and the Sully girls Katie and Emma were given the difficult task of keeping them quiet. Throughout the season due to our belief in Katie she has been given the job of marking the best attackers from the opponents and yet again Katie delivered. Her little sister Emma not to be outdone but in a heroic display and gave Maynooth’s excellent halfback such as torrid time. Equally impressive were the incredible Eleanor Traynor and the fearless Jenna Pembroke who in the half back line and making top Maynooth players again produced top class defensive displays. Kilcullen have quality throughout the pitch and no more so in the full- back like of Chloe Acton, Emily Kelly and the highly talented Leah Cahill. The girls were composed and uncompromising throughout the match.

Maynooth started the second half really well and were rewarded with another point from a free followed by a goal also from a free when the ball was lobbed into the Kilcullen square and hesitancy caused the ball to end up on the back of the net. Ruth Burchill gathered the ball in midfield and gave Eabha an excellent pass and from distance Devenney knocked over another classy point to add to her impressive total this year. Maynooth were having a great second half fought back. Sally knocked over a free. Following an unfortunate ricochet again from a Maynooth free the ball ended up in the back of the Rags net. Sally decided enough was enough and demanded the ball from our outstanding goal keeper Rachel Carey who found her with her trademark brilliant kick-out. Murphy advanced played a one two with Burchill and floated a delightful pass to Devenney who beat her player, accelerated and riffled the ball into the net to score Kilcullen’s  most important goal of the season. Devenney had an outstanding match and finished as Kilcullen’s top scorer with a personal tally of 1-02. When the final whistle went the Regattas celebrated with their excellent 3 point victory with their supporters. Top class girls.

 

Scorers: R Burchill 0-2, Abbie Creedon 0-1, E. Devenney 1-2, Sally Murphy 0-2, Sydney Sheridan 0-1, Rachel Keane 0-1

U13 Div 1 Semi Final – Kilcullen Girls 3-10 – 3.07 Naas U13 Girls

 

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Kilcullen’s U 13 girls booked their place in the Division 1 title decider against Maynooth  following an outstanding team performance against an excellent Naas side. Following a first half that ebbed and flowed Kilcullen found themselves two points up following two excellent goals from the outstanding Ruth Burchill and some great point taking from Sally Murphy, Eabha Devenney and Sydney Sheridan.

Despite carrying a nasty knock picked up at training earlier in the week Murphy showed the heart of a Lion to produce a non-stop and skillful performance in Midfield. The Ragettes started the second half very brightly and when a high ball went into the full forward line Abbie Fitzgerald rose highest, gathered, turned and placed an unstoppable shot into the back of the net. This was Abbie’s first game back after breaking her wrist playing for Kildare U 12’s and she put in such a brave and skillful performance. Great to have you back Abs. She was assisted in the full forward line by the excellent Abbie Creedon and Love McKinney. Sally knocked over her second point and Kilcullen found themselves six points clear.

The Naas girls were outstanding on the day and quickly fought back with two excellent goals followed by a point. All of sudden the Kilcullen Girls were a point down with only 10 minutes left on the clock. It was do or die stuff now and our girls responded. Katie Sully who has been fantastic all year was moved onto Naas’ excellent number 5 and not only did Katie help to stop her influence on the game, she scored a point and set up another score (Top class Katie). Naas’ number 8 was also having a storming match so our defensive leader Eleanor Traynor was given the hard task of marking her but what a performance Eleanor produced and then the tide began to swing back to Kilcullen. Chloe Acton, Leah Cahill, Rachel Keane, Emma Sully and Jenna Pembroke also put in huge performances in the backline.

Fittingly Burchill brought the sides level. Sheridan with great composure pointed to edge the girls in front. With the game in the balance Devenney who had an outstanding match knocked over two of the best points Kilcullen have scored this year from distance and from difficult angles out wide on the right. There was still time left for Naas to get a goal to level the match and whilst the crowd and the mentors were losing the plot, the Kilcullen girls stayed composed, held onto the ball, took the right options and saw the game out. Roll on the Final. You can do it girls

 

Scorers: R Burchill 2-02, Abbie Fitzgerald 1-0, E. Devenney 0-3, Sally Murphy 0-2, Katie Sully 0-1, Sydney Sheridan 0-2,