Saturday, November 18 2017 (Derryleigh Park)
Scorer: Abbie Lenihan
Newport u15 girls hosted Knigh utd in our 3rd league fixture of the season on Saturday. Knigh have always proven to be a competitive outfit and this game was no different.
Newport conceded within the first 2 minutes and it was clear that this would be an uphill battle. The girls fought hard, but not much was going our way, conceding another 2 goals in the first half.
After a much needed half time break and a chance to regroup, the girls took to the pitch with a renewed sense of urgency. With most of the possession and some very positive attacking football, their hard work was rewarded with a well taken goal from Abbie Lenihan. Knigh retaliated with a 4th goal. On a day where we were denied goals by the crossbar, posts, side netting and an inspired performance by the Knigh keeper, the fight back was just a stretch too far. FT Newport 1- Knigh 4
Although the scoreline did not reflect the effort, there were some positives to take from this performance. When the chips were down, the girls showed great character to come out in the 2nd half with their heads high and a positive attitude. They delivered some very positives phases of attacking play and also displayed a much better defensive effort.
With many of our regular squad absent, we’d like to thank our u14 players for stepping up, their contribution was immense. We wish them all the best in their National Cup match on Sunday.
Squad: Emma Moloney, Rachel Carey, Leona Burke (C), Kate Harvey, Sarah Kelly, Amber Deegan, Kaitlyn Bradshaw, Sarah Finn, Claire Kennedy, Roisin Power, Abbie Lenihan, Rosie Quirke, Aisling O Gorman, Mara van Aeslt