meath v kildare u16

meath v kildare u16

Leinster U-16 Championship Round 3

Meath v Kildare
Throw In: 3.30pm

HALF TIME: Meath 2-07 v Kildare 0-03
FULL TIME: Meath 7-13 v Kildare 0-05

Meath cruised to an easy victory against neighbours Kildare in the third round of the Leinster u-16 Championship at Cappagh last Saturday. Fresh from their win against Westmeath in round 2 the girls were in high spirits and ready to tackle the Lilywhites.From the throw-in Meath made their presence known and were rewarded immediately with points from Robyn Kinsella and Siobhan Sheridan. Kildare had their attacks too but the Meath full back Brenda O’Sullivan was equal to the challenge and defended well. Soon Meath doubled their advantage with Sheridan adding her second point, and top scorer from last weeks game, Ashling O’Reilly adding her first of the afternoon. Ten minutes into the first half Kildare registered their first score but the Meath girls soon reclaimed possession. A well directed pass from Kelly Allen found Samantha Monaghan waiting. Monaghan fisted it to O’Reilly who deftly found the back of the net, to make it 1-04 to 0-01 to the Royals. Laura Gilsenan added a point from play for the Royals and a moment later Kildare added a second point. The game was very much end to end but it was the Meath girls who played the more fluent football. Vivienne McCormack’s well struck 45′ found Sheridan in space and the Seneschalstown player compounded the mounting Kildare misery with a second goal. Kildare added their third and final point of the half but it was Meath who ended the half the stronger with O’Reilly kicking her second point and McCormack added a cheeky Ronaldo style volley over the bar, her first point of the afternoon, which drew gasps from the supporters who had travelled the short distance to support the team. The half time score was very much in the Royals favour 2-07 to 0-03.

Despite starting strong in the second half, Meath were not the first to score. Kildare were determined to put up a fight and in true Lilywhite fashion, they put up the first score of the second half. Despite their determination, the Meath girls were always the stronger and literally opened fire on the Kildare goals. Kinsella pointed her second, and O’Reilly followed with her third. Kelly Allen, Samantha Monaghan and Ashling O’Reilly all combined for the game’s third goal. Meath were awarded a penalty when Megan O’Brien was fouled in the small parallelogram. McCormack’s shot was saved by the keeper but it was the O’Mahonys player, Samantha Monaghan who reacted the quickest and coolly slotted home her first goal of the championship. The torrent of scores continued as O’Reilly added a further goal and a point. This allowed manager Ronan Carley to introduce his substitutes. Substitute Ailbhe McHugh made an immediate impact on the game with a well taken point. With ten minutes left in the game, Kildare added their final score, but Meath added a further 2-02, Kinsella and O’Reilly both pointing and McCormack and Gilsenan finding the back of the net.

Manager Carley will surely be happy with how his team played, as they took their scores well and supported each other excellently. Best for the Royals was Ashling O’Reilly, who finished the game with a whopping 3-05, Blathnaid Keogh, Kelly Allen, Sheridan, McCormack, Gilsenan and Kinsella. Meath’s next game is in two weeks time when they take on Laois at home in their penultimate group match. Most of the players will turn to their clubs for the next week as the club u-16 championships are well underway.
MEATH TEAM & SCORERS: C.Dixon, B. Keogh, B. O’Sullivan, A. Smith, R. Considine, K. Allen, A. Fagan, S. Sheridan (1-02), M. O’Shaughnessy, M. O’Brien, V. McCormack (1-01), L. Gilsenan (1-01), R. Kinsella (0-03), S. Monaghan (1-00), A. O’Reilly (3-05).
Subs: Ailbhe McHugh (0-01) for O’Brien, Orla Duff for Monaghan, Gemma Galligan for Fagan, Niamh Collins for Smith, Aideen Kenny for Keogh, Sarah Hegarty for Dixon.

Referee: Pat Kehoe (Carlow)

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