U14 Girls Galway Cup   14/10/2018

 Craughwell Utd 0 - 2 Moyne Villa

 The game kicked off under bright sunshine in Craughwell. A good size crowd were present to watch the evenly balanced game.

 The opening exchanges were tight and a couple of breakaways from Craughwell were dealt with well by the Moyne Villa defence with captain Saibh Malcolm, Sophie Heneghan and Louise McCaffrey heavily involved. As the first half progressed Villa were making some of their own chances with Keela Martyn and Leah Hicks breaking the defensive line of Craughwell but having their shots saved. Craughwell were doing well down Villa's left side and got through on goal and might have scored only for a superb save from Kara O’Connor tipping the ball around the post. Rachel Gallagher was having a good game at right back and began some fine moves combining well with Mischa Roche, Ciara Joyce and Roisin Ryan. 

The game was very finely balanced when the Ref blew for halftime. Villa made some changes for the second half with Hazel Mullin coming in at left back and Meghan Donoghue at right back. Holly Grimes also came in to add steel to the midfield. Villa began to get a better foothold on the game and the midfield began to supply the front players with better service. Erin O’Connor was getting some great ball down the left wing and had the beating of the Craughwell full back. One such run ended with Keela Martyn winning a corner. The ball was cleared and then won back by the irrepressible Sophie Heneghan, who fed it to Roisin Flaherty and combining with Leah Hicks made an opportunity for Leah to slide the ball past the Craughwell keeper for the opening goal. Craughwell responded well and had several very good breaks again to be held out by Meghan Donoghue, Saibh Malcolm and Hazel Mullin. Ciara Joyce was brought back into midfield for the injured Holly Grimes and made an immediate impact playing a lovely through ball for Roisin Flaherty to make a run on goal. Roisin had still a lot to do with defenders chasing back. 

With a combination of speed, touch and awareness she slotted the ball past the keeper for 2 – 0 with 11 mins to go. A great crowd-pleasing goal and well deserved for the amount of running she had done in the game. Moyne Villa’s shape held well and a couple of more clearances from Sophie Heneghan and good gathers by Kara in goal saw the Villa keeper record her first clean sheet of the season. 

Terrific effort all round by the girls and a result they fully deserved.