The Under 14 girls hosted Portlaw in their second championship match on Tuesday night, and enjoyed the advantage of playing at home. There was a full turn out resulting in the Tramore girls fielding a very strong side.
The contest started in a whirl wind of action around the Tramore half forward line with Sally Kelly displaying a wide range of her skills and causing all kinds of problems for the Portlaw defence. She was ably supported by the dogged Cassie Bolster and Chloe Kinsella with the full forward line of Shannon Barry, Loren King and Emma Barry also doing some great work and harrying the defence.
The first goal duly arrived after what was to become a typically drive by Sally after 5 minutes of the half and was added to 5 minutes later with a second goal. The work being done by Cassie and Leah Barry up the right hand side was have a significant effect on the ebb and flow of the game with Tramore coming out on top in most of the one on one battles.
The defence of Anna Finnegan, Karen Carberry and Muireann Burns defended very well when called upon and Masha Power was at her best on a couple of occasions to ensure that Portlaw were not getting back into the game easily. In front of the defence, Leah Barry, Muireann Cuddihy and Alannah Jones ensured good protection and a ready supply of possession to the ever dangerous Clara Griffin and Kim Hennessy in midfield.
Sally ensured that she hogged the limelight with a further two points to add to her two goals in the first half. The Portlaw response was limited to two points.
The second half started to the same rhythm as the first with the Tramore girls on top and Clara adding a fine individual goal along with two well taken points.
The match ended on a score line of 3-04 to 0-03 in favour of Tramore.
The effort and skills on view were a credit to the obvious training effort of the girls and their coach. One clean high fielding by Leah Barry and drive forward was a significant highlight and vivid demonstration of the skills being honed each Thursday night at training. All the girls acquitted themselves well and a special mention goes out to Sally Kelly who was the woman of the match for the night.
The girls next outing is on the 6th of May with an away game against Roanmore/ Ferrybank.