U17s Girls: Villa 1 Mooncoin Celtic 2

U17s Began their league campaign today with an away game to Villa Fc

The game started at a frantic pace with both teams wanting to get on top …. Most of the play in the first half was in the Middle of the field with some great passages of play from ourselves and the Villa .

Our back four did very well against the constant pressing of the villa midfield and strikers . Ciara Corcoran made her presence known and really helped to distribute the ball .

Five minutes after the first water break , Corcoran got a shot off to Emily Blackmore who was fouled . And had a free awarded

Sommer Grant stepped up to take the kick , and it finished in the net giving us the lead which we took to the half time break .

Both teams took to the field with Gusto for the second half … Cayla Dunphy , Kate McGrath and Ciara O Keeffe all had their work cut out for them , with the always reliable Ella Bailey on hand when needed .

A clearance from Ciara O Keeffe over the top , was run on to by Emily Blackmore who got the shot away and looked to have beaten the villa keeper, but the ball landed just short of the line , with Grace O Toole making no mistake in slotting it to the net to give the girls a 2-0 lead .

There was a 25 minute period where the exchanges were back and forth before Villa pounced slotting to the net to put the game back into the melting pot with ten minutes to go.

Our keeper was superb today and pulled off some fantastic saves and her communication and direction to her players today was great.

With this all the girls pulled together and saw the last ten minutes out for the win.

A very close encounter between both teams were hard work and determination got us over the line.