Rathpeacon Ladies Secure Their First Ever Win!
The Rathpeacon ladies U-12 football team beat Mayfield last night, Thursday 19th May 2022, to get their first ever win in only their second ever game!
On a mild evening in Kilcully our girls were cheered on by parents, club officers and members of the adult team who came out to watch the future stars of the club.
The girls didn’t disappoint, playing some scintillating football in each of the three thirds of game and putting themselves in the Rathpeacon G.A.A. history books as the first Rathpeacon ladies team to win a game.
Chiara Leahy started in goal after enjoying the position in the previous game. Leading from #1 she made some point blank saves and was solid under all high dropping balls.
Olivia McCarthy, Ali McCarthy and Heather Hallissey made for a formidable full-back line. Heather, who is U-11, was making her debut and immediately showed what she was made of, making a goal saving block and receiving a blood nose for her troubles!
She was replaced by Maya Ivanova who once again defended with great tenacity throughout.
Tori McCarthy, Jane O’Brien Gabriel and debutant Norah O’Connor settled well into the half back line, defending well against the Mayfield attacking half forward line.
The midfield pairing of Eabha Lynch and Brídín Needham Forde had some great tussles in the middle of the park, both playing very strongly and popping forward to great effect to get some fine scores.
Kelly Hedderman rotated in and out of midfield at times and gave a great account of herself.
Jane Farrell, Summer Healy and Muireann Philpott were a constant threat all evening. U-11 debutant Molly Quill also joined the half forwards to great effect. They won some great ball while also working extremely hard off the ball which is something they are working on in both football and camogie.
The starting full forward line of Sophie McDermott, Aisling Rowley and Cara Gilmartin (another debutant!) grew into the game by the minute. Rowley made some mazy runs all over the pitch and got some great scores.
It was great to see that the girls want to be on the ball as much as possible and to have them shooting and scoring.
This league is great with roll on/roll off subs which allows the management to give girls maximum game time while also trying them in different positions on the pitch.
It also means the substitutes generally only spend about five minutes on the line during any game.
These are a great bunch of girls who are great friends and to quote one of the parents on the sideline, are really becoming a team in both football in Rathpeacon and camogie in Blarney.
If you are interested in joining football or camogie please contact the website or any of our social media pages.
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