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Match Report – Once, Twice, Three Times a Winner for U-14 LGFA Team

Date: 24/04/2023
Venue: Blarney
Competition: East Cork U-14 LGFA League

What a team!

Another triumphant performance by Rathpeacon U14 Ladies as they continued their winning ways this evening. Captained by Aubrey Leahy, the team are on an undefeated run in 2023 after beating a tough St. Nick’s team on a scoreline of 3-6 to 3-4.

Jane Gabriel O’Brien started off her scoring streak with a well-placed penalty into the corner of the net, breaking the stalemate 8 minutes in. Aoibhínn earned two scores to her name with a goal and a lovely point from range. Aoife flew up the wing many times, which was eventually fruitful as she slotted over a beautiful point from distance.
The team worked really well as a whole, as St. Nicks battled to earn themselves some scores with Bláithnid’s hard work helping to stem the flow. Caoimhe proved to be impenetrable at centre back and Nicks hit a brick wall at fullback with Brídín, Aubrey and Olivia closing everything down. Ruby Shine was phenomenal in goal again, reliable and progressive as she released quick kick outs. One kick-out was worked quickly through the hands of the girls finishing with a gorgeous touch into the back of the net by Kelly. The girls went in at half time 3-3 to 1-3 up with an unlucky goal against them that fell into the top of the net.

There was a tough battle ahead in the second half which was expected after Blarney’s Féile County Final winning exploits. Strong players were held back to allow for tired legs which inevitably was required. Eryn and Lucy were vital, acting as third midfielders to foil the athletic runs of the Nicks girls.
Ali and Hannah Murphy swept up all loose balls and hassled and harassed all girls running through. The tide changed for a while but the new fullback line which now included Aisling and Chiara held admirably strong which was appreciated when Rathpeacon managed to carry the ball back up the pitch to win frees which Jane converted skillfully.

Maya worked tirelessly in midfield hunting and hounding, aided and abetted by Tori throughout the whole game, and the forward lines were very unlucky with lovely teamwork through the hands of Nicola, Jane Farrell and Hannah Burke. Hannah sent a screamer of a shot in during the first half which was unlucky to billow the side netting.
The last ten minutes of the game was when the pressure piled high. Many changes had been made and the girls were exhausted. St Nicks were quick to benefit, earning themselves some scores but Rathpeacon were steadfast and finally emerged winners with a two-point victory.

No matter the result, a performance is what’s required and expected and these girls never fail to produce.

Captain Aubrey Leahy

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