:DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: Our annual social and awards night will take place on 22 April in Greystones Golf Club. Tickets are 35 each and will be available from mentors or by contacting Daniel @ 0861541260 or Mark @0838570005. Book now to avoid disappointment.
PEIL NA MBAN For 5 years now the ladies footballing activity within the club has been confined to the juvenile level. Last year the first cohort of these players graduated from the u-16 ranks and it was seen that for these girls to maintain their contact with the club it would be necessary to get an adult team off the ground. The preparatory work for this enterprise was set in motion last year and at present a panel in excess of 30 attends training. The first signs of these efforts coming to fruition were on display on Sunday morning when the team played host to Barndarrig in the 1st round of the Junior League.
25 players turned up on this occasion and the mentors, Ray McTeague, Oliver Leonard, Conal Brennan and Neil Randell were presented with a logistical problem. How to give as many players as possible reasonable game time?
The squad is composed of players at various levels of experience and competence and includes some who are new to the game. It was not surprising then that the team struggled somewhat in the 1st half and went in 1-4 to 2-2 behind at the break. However, after the resumption the girls played much more as a team and had soon added 2 goals. This sent the Eire Og cailini on the road to quite a comfortable victory.
The juniors had not long departed the pitch when it was the turn of the cailini faoi 14 to enter the fray. Their opponents were the Tinahely B-team. This match was closely contested with Eire Og exiting as victors, 2-8 to 3-3. The win owed much to the sterling work of Faye Evans (6 pts.) and Eva Sterritt in centrefield.
U-16 Last Tuesday night the u-16 cailini travelled to Blessington to take on the locals in the opening game of the league. The Blessington girls were on the offensive from the off and spent virtually all of the 1st quarter camped in the Eire Og half of the field. However resolute defending by the Clocha Liatha back division of Chloe Leonard , Andrea Hanlon, Megan Maguire, Faye Evans , Alice ONeill and Frances Dallaghan and excellent goalkeeping of Ciara McDonnell succeeded in keeping the locals tally to just 3 points during this period of dominance. At this juncture Kerianne Hamilton and Iseult Brosnan began to gain the upper hand in the centre and to supply the forwards with good ball. These, to their credit, put it to good use with goals coming from Ellie ONeill and Iseult Brosnan and points from Ava Megannety, Katie Lawless and Kerianne.
The 2nd half, as with the 1st, saw the Blessington girls in the ascendant and they soon tagged on 3 unanswered points. Thankfully ar gcailini quickly recovered from this set-back and began to dominate once more. A lovely cameo of combined play between Ella Horgan and Ellen Garvey saw Ella calmly slot the ball to the oppositions net. Kerianne Hamilton added 1-2 and the Eire Og scoring was completed with points from Ellie ONeill and Eimear Fawsett.
Eva Roche was injured mid-way in the 1st half and was replaced by Kerrie Williams.
The u-12s are in action on Tuesday evening in Ashford.
CAMOGAIOCHT U-14 On Saturday our u-14 girls travelled to St. Olafs for their 2nd game in the Dublin League. Their more experienced opposition had the Eire Og girls under serious pressure from the throw-in but the Greystones cailini did not relent and battled to the end with a never-say-die spirit which was a source of pride to their supporters and mentors. Two of the girls were singled out for mention, Ellie who was playing her first ever match and Hazel who had just been promoted to u-14 ranks.
Thanks to Ellies father the team enjoyed a picnic of sandwiches and beverages in the sun after the game.