Our senior girls were up against Erin’s Isle in round 3 of the Senior 2 league last week. It was a good trial run for championship early in the year as their opponents have been used to playing at Senior 1 level.
Erin’s Isle got off to a flying start with 2 early goals. Ballinteer took some time to settle into the game but began to put some early scores on the board. Points from Grace O’Shea and Aoife Kelly began to tally up and a free from Fiona Hayes found the back of the net leaving the score line going in at half time with Isles ahead by 2.4 to 1.4.
The second half started in similar fashion with Isles starting strong to pull ahead with scores in quick succession. Another goal put them 9 points ahead and it looked like it was game over. However, Ballinteer showed their determination and grit to never throw in the towel and began to pull back with some fine scores. A goal from Amy Burke and scores from Fiona Hayes and Louise O’Shea narrowed the margin. When the ball hit the back of the net once more the deficit was down to just 2 points and Ballinteer were in full gear. They kept pressing the Erin’s Isle goal and it looked sure that the match was going to have a fairytale finish but the Erins Isle keeper held strong with some spectacular saves. One last break for Erins Isle finished in a goal with almost the last puck of the ball and the home side won out 4.9 to 3.7. A disappointing result but great positives to be taken for the senior 2 girls.
Our senior 5 girls were also in action on Thursday evening down in our neighbours yard, Kilmacud Crokes. Having started with 2 wins from 2 the girls were keen to keep the momentum going and they started strong, pulling away with some early scores from Maria Rooney, Emma Johnson and Caroline Kenny. Goals from Emma Lane, Megan Broe and Brona Fagan further added to the tally and the girls went in at half time 4.5 to 0.1 in front.
The second half began well and again scores seemed easy to come by for Ballinteer. They showed great determination to keep pushing on untill the end and showed no signs of easing up. They kept Kilmacud scoreless in the second half, a testiment to the ruthless defence. The final score was an impressive 4.10 to 1.0 and puts the girls in a very strong position in the league,
Next up our seniors are at home to Skerries on Tues 26th April and juniors are at home to St Brigids on Thursday 28th. Both games throw in at 7.30 and all support is welcome