U15 Girls Match Report   09/11/2019

*** Match Report ***

U15 Girls League

 Kiltullagh Pioneers 1 – Moyne Villa 2

 MV came away with 3 points from this tight encounter in a cold and windy Kiltullagh. The opening exchanges from both teams were hesitant, possibly due to the conditions, but Villa did begin to settle and had the first opportunity of the game when Ciara Joyce played Rebecca Hastings in, only to see her shot saved by the keeper. Villa continued to press with good ball coming from the 2 central midfielders Holly Grimes and Sophie Heneghan. Villa opened the scoring when some good work at the back by Louise McCaffrey winning the ball back and sending a nice pass to Erin O’Connor who found Leah Hicks in some space. Leah turned the ball onto her right foot and scored a lovely goal from the edge of the area. A goal easily worth a fiver. 1 – 0 Villa!

Kiltullagh has a couple of counterattacks but were thwarted by the excellent back five of Amy Curran, Erin Geraghty, Louise McCaffrey, captain Saibh Malcolm and in goal Kara O’Connor. A poor clearance from the Kiltullagh defence allowed Rebecca Hastings to pass to Erin O’Connor who shot low at goal. The Kiltullagh keeper tried to clear using her feet but sliced the ball wide of her and in off the post for a fortunate goal for MV. 2 – 0 Villa!
As half time approached it was MV’s turn to have a bad clearance and after a couple of attempts a high shot looped over Kara in goal. 2 – 1 Villa at half time.

The break saw Sophie Heneghan having to go off with a sore back from a heavy fall, and as play resumed Villa were under pressure. At the back Megan Donohue and Lily Graven came in and Amelia Fahy played up front. All 3 subs having a positive impact on the game. Kiltullagh had a series of half chances from corners and came close to leveling the game a number of times, but Player of the Match Amy Curran was always there to get a tackle, block or clearance in. An excellent performance from a player new to the team. The second half continued with MV getting back into the game and keeping Kiltullagh back in their own half.

 Efforts from Amelia and Leah Hicks were saved by the keeper, but she kept her best save for late on when Rebecca Hastings hit a great shot towards goal and she tipped it over the bar. That was the last meaningful action of the game and Villa went home happy with their efforts and the 3 points on a difficult morning.