Saturday, September 15 2018 (Derryleigh Park)
Scorers: Caragh Flynn (2), Eryn Kennedy (2) & Leah Moran
For our opening game of the season, we welcomed our close neighbours Birdhill to Derryleigh. With both teams looking for a good start to the season, it was Newport that succeeded. Sarah played a through ball to Eryn who took it in her stride and smashed it into the net. BH went looking for an equaliser but the back 4 of Mollie, Mara, Jayne & Nadine were in great form. BH best effort was a strong shot from outside the box but Aoife parried it well and pounced on the loose ball as it threatened to spin into her net. Right on the stroke of half time, Caragh spun on the edge of the box and put her shot beyond the reach of the keeper to score our 2nd.
In the 2nd half Ciara, Leah & Neve controlled the midfield which allowed both Caragh & Eryn to score again, giving us a 4-0 lead. Sarah & Aisling were unlucky not to score but a lovely strike by Leah on the half volley completed the scoring. Overall a very hard-working team performance.
Team: Aoife Kennedy, Mollie O’Hora, Mara Van Aelst, Jayne Hurley, Nadine Hartigan, Neve Ricketts, Sarah Kelly (Capt.), Eryn Kennedy, Leah Moran, Aisling O’Gorman, Ciara Mackey & Caragh Flynn.
Coaches: Rob Kelly & Eddie O’Gorman