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U16 C League County Quarter Final Castlemartyr 02 - 05. St. Finbarrs 03 - 11. After one postponement and a deferred throw in time to accommodate the watching of the Ireland v France game we finally saw Castlemartyr take on St. Finbarrs in the quarter final of the County C League. It had been over 9 weeks since our u16s last lined out in a competitive match, that being against Youghal, back in April. St Finbarrs began the match in a lively fashion and seemed to be much more eager competing for the ball. Although a few of our girls did try to contain the visitors around the middle of the field our team seemed disjointed. The St. Finbarrs forwards were afforded too much space and time on the ball which resulted is a succession of scores from play which could have been avoided if tighter marking had been in place. After the first quarter, St. Finbarrs had accrued a goal and five points without Castlemartyr creating any real chances of their own. As the half progressed Castlemartyr began slowly to compete more for the ball and communicate better with each other. The Bars added to their ever increasing tally and by the end of the first half led by 2 goals and 8 points to Castlemartyr's no score. Positional changes were made and fresh legs were introduced to the home side. The second half began as the first finished and St. Finbarrs had again raised the green flag within the first 2 minutes. Over the next 5 minutes Castlemartyr began to make their presence felt with Ciara Leahy and Grainne Lynch on the left side of the pitch becoming more influential. Zara Bowles and replacement Alicia Olaniran provided useful ball to the forwards with Clodagh Mulhare causing a few problems for the visitors' defence. Ciara was unceremoniously brought down as she was heading for goal and from the resultant free found the back of the net to open the scoring for her team. Within the next 5 minutes following more good play for Zara and Alicia, Clodagh had raised the green flag and Zara had scored a point from a 45. We were definitely getting more and more into the game and players like Sadhbh Beausang, Fia Carey Hurley and Lucy Kenneally were growing in confidence. The Bars added another point before we responded with a brace of our own, the first scored by Clodagh after breaking away from a number of tackles and the second by Fia which on closer inspection may have snuck under the bar. As time was running out both teams traded points but Castlemartyr were definitely in the ascendancy. The final point was scored by Castlemartyr from a well earned free but unfortunately it was not enough to overturn the huge deficit left after the first half performance. In the end St. Finbarrs were victorious on a margin of 9 points. A slow start from everyone gave us a huge mountain to climb. Even though everyone to a girl improved as the match progressed and by the end were playing as well as they had earlier in the season it wasn't enough to over come a skilful and resilient St Finbarrs side. So that's is for our league campaign for 2016. Well done to Dermot and all the girls who took part through out the year for their effort and commitment. Full Panel :- Lia Hipwell, Cloadagh Mulhare, Kate McCarthy, Fia Carey Hurley, Kelsie Asamoah, Lilly McElkinney, Hannah McElhinney, Maggie O'Connor, Zara Bowles, Grainne Lynch, Carla Cosgrove, Saoirse Coughlan, Ciara Morrison, Aisling Murphy, Niamh Molloy, Lucy Kenneally, Ciara Leahy, Shauna Horgan, Lucy Horgan, Ellen Harty, Aisling Harty, Sadhbh Beausang, Molly Beausang, Shannon Barrett, Alicia Olaniran, Caoimhe Dowley & Tara Crotty.

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