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Wicklow 2-11 Kildare 5-12

Wicklow u14 v Kildare, 14 March 2009

Wicklow 2-11 Kildare 5-12

The match was the first of the 2009 championship played in Dunlavin. Wicklow came into the game well prepared after beating Armagh the previous week in a challenge match, but it didn’t happen for them on the day.

Captain Suzanne O’Neill won the toss and decided to play with the slight breeze. The Kildare ladies were off to a great start and scored two goals and a point within the first 7 minutes. The Wicklow defence managed to pull together after 15 minutes and stopped the flow of scores with some well worked points from Claire O’Rourke and Emma Byrne. Kildare replied with 2 more goals and 2 points before the 20min mark and from there on it was all Wicklow. The gigantic efforts from Marie Clarke at centre back sparked the Wicklow girls to the best performance of the match. Emma Byrne added another point and soon to follow was Amy Murphy with a well worked point from out wide. The Wicklow girls played to their true potential and pinned their opponents in their own half, Calvin Swart in midfield won a few balls from the kick out and made good use of the breeze to score two long range points. Jessica Hurley covered a lot of ground throughout and was well rewarded with two great points. The Wicklow girls were now well on top of their game, a good supply of balls came in from Rose Fagan, Niamh Kenny and Anna Kelly and in the 28th minute Siofra Heffernan scored a brilliant goal. The Kildare keeper struggled to clear the ball against breeze and it gave Wicklow the opportunity to work the ball back to Siofra to score her second goal. The half time whistle sounded and the scores were level, Wicklow 2-9 Kildare 4-3.

The table was set for a very tough second half, the Kildare forwards pressed very hard making good use of the breeze. The Wicklow defence in Emma Marshall and Vivienne Walsh put up a brave performance with Marie Clarke again delivering a massive effort. Laura McCarthy performed steady throughout the match with some good saves and excellent kick outs. Kildare managed to break through the defence to score another goal. Claire O’Rourke replied for Wicklow with another point as the Wicklow girls struggled to work their way to the Kildare goals. Aine O’Reilly was unlucky not to score in the first half and with some good running managed to get her name on the scorecard early in the second half. The game could still go anyway with 20 minutes left to play, Wicklow were unfortunate to loose 4 players to injury and Kildare gained the upper hand with a few well worked points.

The next match is on 28th March against Meath and Wicklow will look to build on their performance.
Wicklow Team:
Laura McCarthy (Bray); Vivienne Walsh (AGB); Marie Clarke (Valleymount) ; Anna Kelly (St Nicholas) ; Niamh Kenny (Tinahealy); Rose Fagan (St Pats); Calvin Swart( AGB); Suzanne O’Neill (Coolkenna); Jessica Hurley (AGB); Emma Byrne (St Nicholas); Claire O’Rourke (Tinahealy); Amy Murphy (Roundwood); Aine O’Reilly (AGB); Siofra Heffernan (Bray)
Subs: Aine McDonald (St Pats); Joy O’Brien (AGB); Josephine Doyle (Collkenna); Amy Bermingham (Coolkenna)

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