Despite three excellent long-range points from the boot of midfielder Saoirse Shannon, the u-13 girls of Kilcock were unable to get the better of a strong Robert Emmets side at Kilcock Gaa on Thursday night last, the 5th of September.
The visitors, a combination of Sallins and Raheens, started the better and were two points to no score ahead of a very youthful home side, (managed by Sheena Byrne) after five minutes. Shannon reduced the deficit to one with her first of the night, a well taken solo effort that saw her cut a hole in the visitors’ defence defence before splitting the posts from twenty yards. Wing forward Leah White levelled matters on 15 minutes with a point from a free for Kilcock but that was to be as good as it got for the girls in green and yellow in the first half, while Robert Emmets kicked on with three points without reply to leave the half-time score Kilcock 0:02 – 0:05 Robert Emmets
Kilcock had a very strong defensive display on the night, especially from Megan O’Connor, Aoife Boland and Hannah and backed by the impressive Charlie Burke in goals, they kept Emmets at bay early in the second half. Shannon kicked her second and third of the night early in the second period in between points for the girls in red and white before Demi Lacey and the impressive O’Connor also raised the white flag for Kilcock. Emmets however finished the stronger and kicked on with a couple of insurance points to run out eventual five point winners, despite some brave battling from the Traynor sisters in the home defence and Laura Gibbons in midfield.
Final score: Kilcock 0:06 – 0:11 Robert Emmets
Best for the losers on the night were Charlie Burke between the sticks, who will be happy with her clean sheet, Megan O’Connor at the back and the industrious Saoirse Shannon in midfield. Manager Sheena Byrne and her large team of selectors will be happy with the overall performance of their side, with the majority of them having only recently graduated from the u-11 ranks. “This experience will stand to them and we have a fantastic bunch of girls at our disposal here, they will get stronger and stronger as the campaign goes on, the future is bright”, said Byrne in the aftermath of her sides’ loss.