Under 14 Girls
Kick Off: 10am
Under 14 MGL South/East
Wicklow Rovers 5 Cambridge 2
The under 14 Girls started their season this morning at Whitegates against Cambridge from Ringsend. This was the girls first 11 a side match and their first game on a full size pitch with offside rule in play that the girls have encountered. The early exchanges of the game saw both sides having several attempts before Cambridge broke through to score to go one up. This refocused the Rovers girls who regrouped and made several chances before Molly Sweeney got her scoring boots back in action to level the game at 1-1. The action continued with the visitors scoring from a penalty to retake the lead. Rovers showed great character and determination to battle back for a second time with Molly Sweeney getting her and Rovers second to leave the teams all square at 2-2 going in at the break. The second half saw Rovers performing the 4 4 2 formation in a comfortable fashion and gaining in confidence both defensively and offensively as well as winning all the 50/50 challenges around the pitch. Using this platform and decisive passes Rovers unlocked the Cambridge defence with Molly Sweeney grabbing two further goals to complete a personal individual scoring feat of four goals to put Rovers 4-2 ahead. Several player and positionial changes saw Rovers give 15 girls game time today and in the closing minutes a fine finish from Kara Doyle on her debut saw the final score finish 5-2 to the Rovers girls and give them the perfect start to the season.
Several players stood out but it was Eve Kelly in midfield that caught the eye from the first whistle setting the tone and pace and deservedly was nominated player of the match.
Many thanks to the large support who helped cheer the girls on in the next stage of their development pathway.
Comp: U14 MGL League
Kick Off: 10 am
MGL League Under 14A
Wicklow Rovers 0 Enniskerry 3
The under 14 Girls welcomed Enniskerry to Whitegates this morning for their first game in 6 weeks. The squad were missing several players through illness and a couple that arrived, were only over the same. This allowed for several positionial changes and squad members to get valuable game time. Enniskerry arrived in strength and both teams looked forward to a challenging game. Enniskerry scored first on 4 minutes and followed up with goals on 16 and 20 mins to leave the half time score 0-3. Rovers regrouped at half time and during the second half produced an excellant defensive performance with goalkeeper Abi Smith and her back four fighting hard to achieve a second half clean sheet. Some nice football through midfield allowed the Rovers front line create a couple of changes that the visiting keeper did well to save. To the credit of both sides the game was very keenly contested throughout and the final result of 0-3 undervalues the development lessons the players got today. Thanks to all who came to support the girls this morning.
The under 14 Girls travelled to the UK with a 5.45am start time which all were on time for...Parents too!! The opponent today was the weather on the sea and land but this did not dampen the spirits as the girls sang their way to the hotel in time to see Ireland secure the grand slam. After a meal in the hotel they travelled to Old Trafford to watch the FA cup tie between Manchester United and Brighton. To the players delight they even featured in the match programme to give them all a great sovenir of the first day of the trip. The Girls started day 2 at the Jamie Carragher Learning Academy with a technical session focusing on touch, turns, speed of play and movement. The girls adapted to the points highlighted and the level of intensity improved as the session progressed. The second session of the day for the girls consisted of patterns of play and positionial knowledge. We were delighted that Jamie Carragher was able to attend and talk about his career, listen to the girls stories and questions and also pose for every photograph, autogragh and jersey signing the players and their parents requested. At the end of the session captain Katie Marah presented Jamie with a Wicklow Rovers pennant "In Friendship" for all the support and assistance the 23 Foundation, Coaches and family gave to the girls squad to get to Liverpool and also provide the top coaching for today's sessions.