A lunchtime kick off was the start time for the first game of the season for the Newport Town U11 girls away to Lough Derg in Clarisford.
Last year’s results at U10’s were mixed between the two teams and today’s match promised to have plenty of drama in it. The girl’s team had a few new signings this year in Rebecca Moylan, Megan Sheehy and Sarah Reddington once again guided under the stewardship of Tom Hickey and James McNamara this year.
This year’s format is a much larger pitch, 7 a side and 25 minutes a side.
Newport got off to flying start with Jane Ryan opening the scoring after 3 minutes. This was followed quickly by Abagail Hickey with a second goal. It took Lough Derg time to get into the game and put the pressure on, but the defence of Caoimhe Healy and Lauren Keogh stood up well. Newport had a lot of chances and Cliodha Lenihan was very unlucky not to bag a few goals in the first half. Half time came and it was a welcomed break for both teams to regroup and get some water into them.
The 2nd half started brightly for Newport as Abagail Hickey added her second goal for the away team and Newport’s third. Followed closely by a goal from the hard working Aoibhinn McNamara. Newport were now well on top and the work in the midfield from Megan Sheehy, Sarah Reddington and Emma Sweeney was top class.
Once again Lough Derg Started to put on the pressure and it was Rebecca Moylan this time who stood firm and made some great clearances and interceptions at the back. Newport found their rhythm again and Abagail Hickey finished off her Hat trick. The next goal was taken well by Aoibhinn McNamara with ten minutes to go.
It was a very entertaining game and future is bright for the girls’ soccer in Newport. Thanks to all the parents and supporters that turned up to support the girls today.
Squad: Rebecca Moylan, Emma Sweeney, Sarah Reddington, Abagail Hickey, Caoimhe Healy, Cliodhna Lenihan, Lauren Keogh, Jane Ryan, Megan Sheehy and Aoibhinn McNamara