Battling Clann naGael go down to experienced Glenavy


St. Josephs 7-15  Clann naGael 3-6

Photographs: Bert Trowlen

Clan na Gael travelled to Glenavy for an U14 game against a very experienced Glenavy and turned in a battling performance against a St. Joseph’s side who had too much knowhow in the end for the Eire Og-St. Patrick’s combination.

It was the visitors who drew first blood when Clodagh Holmes pointed them ahead early in the game but St. Josepjh’s replied as Aiobheann Monaghan fired over three points in succession before Katie Cassidy got in for the game’s opening goal.

A great goal by Clodagh Holmes for the visitors gave Clann naGael  a lift as they continued to battle with great enthusiasm against a very experienced Glenavy side containing a number of county players.

By half time the Chapel Hill girls had moved 3-10 to 1-2 ahead with the excellent Aiobheann Getting the second Glenavy goal and Jessica Hotchkiss the third and Monaghan, Anna Rice and Hotchkiss accounting for the majority of their points and Erin McMullan replying with a great point for the combination side.

Aoibheann Monaghan went on to add a second half hat-trick for the home side and Jessica Hotchkiss got another as the greater experience and team work saw them run out fairly convincing winners in the end but it doesn’t tell the whole story or do justice to a very promising Clan naGael side for who Aoife Rice, Lauryn Gourley, Erin McMullan, and Clodagh Holmes were outstanding.

McMullan and Gourley weighed in with second half goal for the ‘Gaels’ who will take a lot of positives out of this contest and will undoubtedly go on to better things if they keep working at their game.

Glenavy are a well organised and skilful outfit who had no weaknesses on this occasion with Anna Rice, Jessica Hotchkiss, Aiobheann Monaghan, Aoibh O’Hare and Katie Cassidy their outstanding performers on the night.

St. Josephs: 1 Aoife Mooney, 2 Aoife McCrory, 3 Lydia Grant, 4 Meabh Culliton, 5 Olivia Mulholland, 6 Jessica Morgan, 7 Enya Agnew, 8 Anna Rice, 24 Jessica Hotchkiss, 10 Aiobheann Monaghan, 11 Aoibh O’Hare, 12 Katie Cassidy, 13 Rachel Duffy, 14 Caoimhe McCartan, 15 Summer McCallin, 17 Sian McNamara, 18 Katie Smith, 20 Niamh McDowell

Clan naGael: 1 Aoife Rice, 2 Emer Firth, 3 Emer Kilmartin, 4 Eve McCormick, 5 Lola Devlin, 6 Beth Cartland, 7 Anna McCusker, 8 Niamh George, 9 Grace Ferris, 10 Erin McMullan, 11 Lauryn Gourley, 13 Sophia Doherty, 14 Clodagh Holmes, 15 Maria McLorinan, 16 Jessica Mulholland, 17 Orlaith Boyle, 18 Gabi Hamilton, 20 Sarah McCabe, 21 Jessica Shanley, 22 Emily McCusker, 23 Isabella Fay

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