Cuala Reds I goal Naomh Mearnog 1- 1
The Cuala B team were beaten by the narrowest of margins in a fine game of camogie played on the all-weather pitch in Portmarnock today. The girls, playing their first league match, fought hard for every ball and were very unlucky to be beaten. Ana Deevy started the game in goals and played well making some great saves and fielding the ball well. Our backs tackled hard and marked their players well. Caoilinn Quinn was particularly strong and was ably assisted by Alice Matthews and Sinead Ruigrok. Sinead played in goals for the second half and made some lovely clearances. Her puck outs were excellent and helped launch many of the Cuala attacks. In mid-field Jennifer Byrne was outstanding and ran up and down the pitch offering support to both backs and forwards. Caoilfhionn McGrath moved easily from forward in the first half to defence in the second and played her usual steady game. The team were assisted by Orla from the 00s. Playing in the forwards Orla was our goal scorer. We hope she joins us again.
This Cuala team were unlucky to be beaten today. With a little more coaching and with some of our missing players back they should win their next game.
Naomh Mearmog 3-0 Cuala (Whites)
The 1999 girls opened their Camogie league on Sunday morning out in a sunny but cold Portmarnock. The girls competed very well with a strong defensive performance throughout the first half, conceding only one goal. This was down to a strong performance from Caoimhe O’Carroll in goal, Niamh Sheehan, Fiona Murphy and Albha O’Dwyer in the back line. Special mention to Sinead Wilde from the 2000, who togged out at short notice and had a player of the match performance. Our midfield paring of Jennifer Dunne and Brid O’Donnell gave as good as they got from their midfield counter parts and supplied plenty of ball to our hard working forward line of Orlaith O’Sullivan, Alison Slowey, Rosa Hickey and Rebecca Beggins (was up all night with tummy bug) who were unlucky not to put away a number of goal chances. A couple of late goals from Naomh Mearnog in the second half hid the actual closeness of the match which could of gone either way. Well done to all the girls for great effort and team work and here’s to a win the next day. Finally best wishes to Niamh Sheehan on a speedy recovery after receiving a nasty bad to the knee in the second half.