Naomh Eanna 6-3
Despite being down several key players, a very positive Naomh Éanna u16 side took to the pitch in freezing conditions but also very sunny at Hightown.
The game started with attack waves coming from the Naomh Éanna half forward line, Tara Cullen and Brianna MacGrugan running at the defence, Tara struck blood first with a great point. Followed by a long range goal from Brianna.
In the full forward line Aoife Gileece flanked by Kaya & Molly McKenna, worked hard to keep the Dungannon full back line under pressure, when a high ball came in from Naoise McQuillan Aoife G was underneath it on edge of square striking the ball from the air one touch back of the net.
The Dungannon girls did attack but in defence Zara McCann, Philomena McLarnon & Dearbhile mcGivern were slick and tidy, the work of Bronagh McCann and Aoife Roberts made sure no dirty ball was getting away.
Any sign of defence being breached Ciara McDonnell, who has played senior Camogie goals this year, was quick of the line to sweep up and clear. A really good wee keeper in the making.
A word on Ciara McConnell playing this age for first time ever, was at times just brilliant, looking like a second year u16 rather than an u14 stepping up.
When the defence had to step up, they were heavily supported by the work of Naoise McQuillan & Ailbhe Mac Grugan, Ailbhe physicality work rate and speed had two three players marking her every time she touched a ball, this allowing the space for Naoise “the wizard” McQuillan to strike 1-1 on the bounce to bring endas back up the pitch.
Tara and Brianna worked brilliantly together in the middle allowing Brianna to strike another brilliant goal. Tara then linking with Aoife G allowing for “G” to strike another 2-1 ultimately killing off the game from a Dungannon point of view.
All in all these pre season winter games are of great significance, for the Dungannon girls they got great competitive hurling and shared a chat with hightown girls after with a sandwich and a cup of tea in the club house. For our own girls, they built confidence against a well established Camogie club. Moving in the right direction is always the most important thing at this time of year, developing our juveniles for the season and years ahead. These games allow for mistakes and fixing them.
Next game this Saturday v Ballycran at home.
Aoife G 3-1
Naoise McQ 1-1