Waterford hammer Tipperary but lose out overall.
The Waterford under 14 squad were deeply involved in last weeks’ Waterford Viking Cup Tournament at the RSC. The Kilbarry venue was a hive of activity on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as teams from all over Ireland took part as indeed did many teams in the under 16 grade. On Wednesday last the local under 14 side entertained South Tipperary in what was their second game of this unique competition and they displayed what a fine side they are by easily defeating the girls from the Premier County.
Earlier in the day Waterford had played out a thrilling one-one draw with Wexford. The Ferrybank player Aoife Slattery gave her team an early lead in that game but Wexford fought back to earn a point so there was no room for error in the game against South Tipperary.
The locals got off to a dream start in this game also through Bethany Carroll who found the net in the second minute with a cracking strike from the right side of the penalty area. Jessica Deveraux doubled Waterford’s lead six minutes later.
The Tramore player took control of the ball 20 yards from goal after taking a pass from Mary Kate Curran and she slipped the ball past the advancing goalkeeper Emma Tobin. JessicaDeveraux scored once again on 18 minutes when she ran forward to meet a fine pass from Alana Gallagher and she somehow managed to get the ball into the net despite colliding with the Tipperary goalkeeper Emma Tobin.
As a result of the collision both players had to be carried off injured. Bethany Carroll then completed her brace of goals when she controlled a pass from Kaise Tobin on 23 minutes and just before the interval Mary Kate Curran rattled the crossbar with a bullet like shot from 20 yards.
Playing against the breeze the Waterford team did not have as many chances but they did add goal No 5 on 51 minutes.through Mary Kate Curran who let fly from all of 25 yards.
With that job completed and four points on the board following the win and the draw with Wexford the team returned to the RSC to play North Tipperary on Thursday morning and again they brought their shooting boots with them and Bethany Carroll scored two goals in this game also. Kaise Tobin also found the net as Waterford won the game 3-1. Next up in game No 4 was the Metropolitan League from Dublin on Thursday afternoon.
Following the previous games played on the group the Dubliners went into this game clear in the knowledge that a draw would be good enough to give them the Waterford Viking Cup. Waterford on the other hand had to win the match. Once again the local side were quick out of the traps and they scored after only three minutes through AngelaMcGuigan.
Unfortunately Dublin equalised from the penalty spot on 39 minutes through Michaela Fox-Walsh and ultimately that goal was to prove to be the goal won the trophy for the Metropolitan League and bring heartache for the Waterford girl’s. The Dublin outfit topped the group with ten points compared to Waterford’s eight points. The margin of glory and disappointment in this game can be very narrow indeed.
Waterford: Sally Kelly, Orna O’Brien, Layla O’Brien, Katie Sullivan, Mary Kate Curran, Bethany Carroll, Aoibhin Kavanagh, Jessica Deveraux, Aoife Slattery, Kaise Tobin, Alana Conroy, Angela McGuigan, Clodagh Carroll, Leagh O’Donoghue, Eilish Clooney, Ciara Kilcowley, Shauna Fraher, Sile Kavanagh, Lorna Foley, Tonya Morrissey.
South Tipperary: Emma Tobin, Chloe Coady, Niamh O’Dwyer, Mae McKenna, Teggan Kiely, Jade Kelly, Emily McGrath, Chloe Barry, Cathy White, Orla White, Tori Morrissey, Nadia Keating, Lorna Lewis, Mary Barrett, Kate Molloy, Chloe Enright.
Referee: Mark Barry. Assistants. Shane Dunne, Keith Flavin.
Text: Matt Keane
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