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U16 Ladies Exciting Semi-final Draw

posted 2 May 2016, 02:10 by Patricia Donnellan   [ updated 2 May 2016, 02:14 ]
30/04/2016:  This U16D semi-final had everything....10 goals, 20 points, extra time, tension, sportsmanship, fatigue and even hail stones and sun showers. What it couldn't produce was a winner, and with the sides level after added extra time, a draw was a fair result for both teams.  

Shannon Gaels were quick off the mark and were winning 1-2 to no score before Kildysart got their first point.  At the end of the first quarter, the Gaels held a 1 point lead 2-2 to 2-1 but pulled ahead to lead at half time 3-4 to 2-2.  The Gaels started strong in the second half and led by a score of 5-4 to 2-4 before the Kildysart backs effectively closed them down.  Kildysart narrowed the gap but were still trailing 5-6 to 3-5 when they went on to score 1-4 without reply to draw level at full time, Shannon Gaels 5-6, Kildysart 4-9.  

The first period of extra time was a defensive battle with Kildysart getting the only point to give them a tenuous lead at the interval.  The second period of extra time was a seesaw affair and with only minutes to go, Shannon Gaels goaled to give them a 2 point advantage. Kildysart held tough and were down by the minimum when they were awarded a free in the dying minutes.  This was duly converted and the final whistle blew.  A draw was fair reflection of the match - final score: Shannon Gaels 6-7, Kildysart 4-13.

Well done to all players on both teams as it was a defensive battle as well as scoring offensive .  

Shannon Gaels: Amy Moloney, Leah Callaghan, Rebecca Downes, Jasmine McGrath, Charlotte Fennell, Willow Swire, Lyona Burke, Tara Kelly (2-4), Mairead Grogan (1-0), Shauna McCarthy (0-1), Sophie O'Connor (0-1)-captain, Leah Cronin (1-0), Caitlin Ryan, Bianca Tully (2-1), Faye Collins. Sub: Holly Swire.

Kildysart:  Emma Byrne, Rachel Conway, Sinead Kelly, Sarah Casey, Laura Reidy, Chloe Sheehan-captain, Aoife McMahon, Amy Murphy, Kyla Foley, Katie Donnellan, Roisin Donnellan (1-10, 3f), Caitlin Casey (2-0), Emily Leahy, Megan Sheehan (0-1), Hannah Mikhael (0-1), Sub used: Niamh Moloney (1-1). Panel: Rachel O'Sullivan, Leah O'Donnell, Aoife Cleary. 

Replay Monday 9th May at 7pm

Captains Chloe Sheehan (Kildysart), Sophie O'Connor (Gaels) with referee Paul Hickey.