U15 Girls League game Match Report   13/10/2019

*** Match Report ***

U15 Girls League game

 Craughwell 2 Moyne Villa 5

 Villa travelled to Craughwell with a strong squad for this league game. Craughwell were yet to drop a point in the league this season, winning both their games 2-1. The opening exchanges were pretty even with both keepers comfortably dealing with any attacks. Kara O’Connor did particularly well coming quickly off her line to clear a couple of counter-attacks.
 The Craughwell attacks on the right side of the Villa defence were causing lots of trouble for both Ciara Joyce and Megan Donohue, and after one such attack the ball fell kindly to their No. 10 who scored.

 Villa began to get on top and following some good work off a Louise McCaffrey throw-in Ciara Joyce played the ball forward to Leah Hicks. Leah beat her marker and played a through ball to Rebecca Hastings, whose shot was turned around the post by the keeper. The resulting corner wasn’t cleared well and Villa kept the pressure on. Great work from the tireless Sophie Heneghan and debutant Maeve Lynn at consistently winning the ball back gave a great base for the forwards to work off. Amy Curran also making her debut was playing fantastic beside the steely Niamh O’Brien, the two centre-halves were well on top in their individual battles. Moments later Rebecca Hastings latched onto Rebecca Devine’s forward pass and smashed the ball past the keeper into the roof of the net, 1-1!

 Villa kept the pressure on the Craughwell defence and were awarded a penalty for an unlucky handball. Unfortunately Rebecca Devine’s strong effort was straight at the keeper who saved, much to the delight of the home crowd. The teams went in at half time level at one apiece.

 The second half started brightly for Villa with a series of efforts on goal from Leah, the two Rebeccas, Maeve Lynn and Sophie without success. The post and crossbar were proving to be a great help to the Craughwell defence! Villa did manage to get in front when a wide run and cross by Rebecca Hastings was met on the volley by Leah who turned it home. 2-1 Villa! Villa soon made it 3-1 when a shot by Rebecca Hastings overpowered the Craughwell keeper and the ball fell over the line. The game was end to end now, but the introduction of Hazel Mullin and Jessie Donohue closed off the right-hand side, both girls having a great impact off the bench. On the left the irrepressible Mischa Roche was not allowing anything past her and providing great ball to the front two. With five mins to go the game went a bit crazy. A long ball through the centre caught the Villa defence flat and Craughwell went through to score, 3-2 to Villa. With time winding down it was Sophie Heneghan again who took charge and sent Rebecca Hastings through for her hat-trick, a very welcome, nerve settling goal. 4-2 Villa! Into time added on now and not to be denied in a player of the match performance Sophie Heneghan sped through the defence and lashed the ball home for a well-deserved goal. 5-2 Villa. This was the last kick of the game and a scoreline that flattered Villa a little, but the 3 points were well deserved.