Oh what a night! The culmination of a lot of hard work by all the girls, coaches and time given by the girls’ parents led us to winning the league on the final fixture of the season. With the only nerves on show coming from the coaches, the girls quickly settled into the game. Abbie added to her long list of assists with a perfect pass for Leah to open the scoring. Soon after, Eryn pounced on a loose ball for our 2nd. Again, the combination of Abbie and Leah led to number 3. With Aisling and then Paige holding midfield, it allowed the forwards to attack freely. With 20mins gone, Aoife split the defence and Shauna scored our 4th, and then Shauna made it 5 with a good solo run.
Our defensive line of Sarah, Mara, Mollie and Robyn were always alert and dealt with any attack from the Shinrone girls and would then quickly launch our next attack. And it was a counter attack that led to our 6th with Milla running strongly down the line, she cut in and shot, it was well saved but not held by the keeper and Milla reacted quickly to score from the loose ball. With seconds to go to half time, Aoife scored her own individual goal.
In the 2nd half the girls relaxed a bit and Emma had to make a couple of smart saves. Leah again scored first in the 2nd half to get her hat trick. Eryn then scored her 2nd with her twin sister Aoife quickly following with her 2nd. Both girls were unlucky not to get a hat trick due to the wood work and some fine saves by the Shinrone keeper. The final goal came from Shauna which gave her, her hat trick.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Little Tots Academy for sponsoring our jerseys, to all the parents for getting the girls to training and to matches. To Gaylord Harvey who is doing a wonderful job as NTAFC secretary for girls football and to all the committee of NTAFC.
Team: Emma Wright, Sarah Kelly(c), Mara Van Aelst, Mollie O’Hora, Robyn McNamara, Aisling O’Gorman, Paige Maher, Abbie Lenihan, Leah Moran, Milla Hart, Shauna Pearson, Eryn and Aoife Kennedy. Robyn Moloney (#1 supporter) and team mascot, Holly the dog.
Coaches: Rob Kelly and Eddie O’Gorman