The Under 14 girls travelled to the unfamiliar Mondeligo on Tuesday night last for the first round of their Championship. Unfortunately due to the Easter break, there were a number of the team away, and a few late cry offs. Consequently the team took the field in cold but dry weather with a complement of 13 players to take on the Mondeligo 15.
Despite the obvious disadvantage, the Tramore ladies held their own for the first quarter with a determined rearguard action but the pressure soon told and the Mondeligo girls took an early 1-1 lead to no score. Special mention goes to the defence of Muireann Cuddihy, Karen Carbery and Anna Finnegan able supported by the 3 girls in front of them in Muireann Byrne, Deirdre Byrne and Alannah Jones.
The girls suffered a further set back with Sally Kelly picking up a leg niggle and having to revert to goal with Masha Power coming out into the wide open spaces.
Slowly but surely the Tramore midfield of Clara Griffin and Abby Dunphy began to get a stronger foothold in the game and eased the pressure on the backs with thunderous clearances. The half forward line of Sally Kelly, Bronaigh Hayes and Chloe Kinsella fought hard to ensure that the respite for the defence was maximised with dogged determination to prevent the sliothar easily heading toward the Tramore end.
The half finished on a score of 2-2 to no score.
The second half got off to a much better start and set the template for the remainder of the match. The Tramore girls worked very hard and managed to get a number of balls into the full forward line where Shannon Barry was ploughing a lone furrow ably supported by the girls behind getting forward to put pressure on the Mondeligo backs.
Again there were strong second half performances from the two girls in midfield with a number of lung bursting runs form Abby, and further forward from Clara into the heart of the opposition defence. Some resolute defence and goal line clearance was all that stood between Tramore and an opening score that disappointingly did not come, and was more than merited.
With no advance on the scores at half time the final whistle was a welcome respite to the Tramore girls who can be very proud of a skilful and more importantly an immensely committed performance under difficult odds. A similar display with a full complements will undoubtedly bring more favourable results in the upcoming matches.
The girls next outing is on the Tuesday the 29th of April with a home game against Portlaw. Training is each Thursday from 8 to 9pm. All are welcome.