U13 B Camogie Championship 08.09.15 Cuala A 2-3 (Clara Sheridan 1-0, Meadhbh Ni Feinneadha 1-0, Jennifer Sheeran 0-2, Ciara O’Connor 0-1) Castleknock 1-6
Heart-stopping stuff in Meadowvale on Tuesday evening, where Cuala faced Castleknock to whom they had lost their away and home league encounters by 3 points and 2 points respectively earlier this year. Cuala went at it hard but were outmuscled in the first half and trailed 0-2 to 1-3 at the break. Cuala’s second half performance was a thing of wonder. The girls fought tooth and nail for every ball all over the field and, rather than flagging, they grew stronger as the half wore on. A goal that was forced over the line by dint of collective will and the hurl of Clara Sheridan brought them right back into the game. Yet another expertly-taken goal by Meadhbh “McManamon” Ni Fheinneadha followed to ensure a frantic finish. The character, determination, effort, skill and team work displayed by all the Cuala girls was remarkable. It was a brilliant display, of which they should be very proud. Though a draw was a fair result, one sensed that if the match went on any longer (and if anyone could still see the sliotar) there would have been only one winner. Maybe it’s as well for the parents and the mentors that there’s no match this weekend, I’m not sure we could take it.