Celbridge U14's LGFA DIV4 Girls - Team & Match Report

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(Celbridge Vs Blessington – Thursday 13th April 2017 – League Match)


After their successful win over "Round Towers" (Kildare town based team) in teams first league opening game away, back in March and then followed on by the successful win over "St.Ultans" (Meath League Team) in a friendly game in Celbridge GAA at the start of April, the Celbridge girls had been training hard for this second league match in counter with Blessington. Of course, with Blessington having already won their opening league game as well in this league, this game had a lot of importance for the two sides, as both teams were currently top of the table in Division 4, with two other teams yet to play in their first league game, so there could be three teams on top.

Also! With the News filtering in, that the Celbridge U14's girls had just received sponsorship to buy, New InterSport LGFA Football Jerseys, thanks to the new U14's LGFA girls team sponsorship with: Michelangelo's Restaurant in Main Street Celbridge - http://www.michelangelo.ie . Needless to say, all the girls are delighted, as these jerseys will be delivered in time for the Kildare Feile tournament in end of April.

For this home league match tonight! With the exception of two players out, Celbridge had every other girl available to play this match, which was the first time this year having such a big squad to choose from, due to all the girls being off school/hobbies/county games and being injury free during the Easter period. So the U14's Management team had to pick a starting 15 girls, out of 27 and now had 12x subs for this match, of course the mentors would also have the dilemma of only being able to play the sub change limit of the match. But! As the two mentors always say to the girls! "It's a full team effort and everyone plays there part in this team, whether they get to play on the night or not!"

The game kicked off, under the watchful eyes of: Maurice Mulcahy an experienced LGFA referee. Celbridge were playing from Left to right in the first half and within a matter for two minutes, Blessington opened the score with a strong point from play; this was followed by another point, just two minutes later again. However! Celbridge responded with two great points from play by Niamh Mortell in centre half forward. It was short lived, as Blessington then scored a fantastic goal from the run of play and this was responded by an excellent worked goal from Celbridge (Laoise Mimnagh) and suddenly it was game on!

As both teams were neck and neck in the first 20mins, there was a real battle in the midfield and the defence on both sides had to dig deep, to try stopping the forwards. But! The midfield play from Megan Quinn and Laura Syrbit as excellent, as they worked up the field to supply the centre half forwards, which ultimately gave way to 2x more goals which were setup beautifully between the Celbridge full forward line again, who were in top flawless form tonight (Laoise Mimnagh, Abbie Pimlott and Rebecca Davis), along with an excellent half forward line (Orla, Gallagher, Niamh Mortell and Eaibhin Flood) who played their hearts out and also scored points and helped few more points scored by the Celbridge girls and along with cracking goal by Niamh Mortell with assistance from forward line girls, all the time Blessington with their 4x county players making their own impact on the game. The score line showing: Celbridge 3-6 and Blessington 2-3 just before the half-time break and with both Celbridge & Blessington making two subs in the 1st Half, trying to slow down the centre half forwards.

As the second half resumed, after an encouraging team talk with the Celbridge U14's mentors, the mentors made two more substitutions to the Celbridge team, just to stall the Blessington forward line from the half backline and increase the impact at the defence, which to their credit were battling hard throughout the first half.

Holding their own with a strong Celbridge full backline was thanks to the likes of the team Captain Emma Lynch, Nikki O'Keefe and Meabh O'Donovan who defended valiantly. The Celbridge girls u14's came out with a new lease of life in the second half and before you knew it, after a great cross from the centre half forward Niamh, they scored another wonderful goal & point from the right corner full forward Abbie Pimlott, this was followed by excellent point and goal by Laoise Mimnagh in full centre forward, who playing excellently and then a goal from left full forward Rebecca Davis, followed by some more super goals from half forwards (Orla Carragher & Niamh Mortell), point by Eaibhin Flood and then midfield point & goal by Laura Syrbit who had a great game on the day, followed by a points from Megan Quinn who kept feeding the ball excellently up the field, with Emma Lynch to the overpowering half & full forward lines of Celbridge. This was followed by an excellent save from the Celbridge Goalkeeper (Niamh Barnes) preventing at least two goals on the night, who had a super game.

Blessington did manage to put two more goals into the Celbridge net later in the game, but! It was too little too late for Blessington, as Celbridge were a different unit in the second half, as all the girls played and supported each other, both on and off the pitch like a true unit, also the fitness levels of the Celbridge girls showed to be a big winning factor in the second half, as all the training tough weekly training had paid off!

Credit also has to be given to the Celbridge half back line over the course of the game, which battled and defended very well and to the end, against the 3x Wicklow county players (the half backline was covered by Kate Farrington, Leah Murphy, Tara Nevin, Orla O'Keeffe, Erica McGivern, Georgia Mooney, Aoife Walters, Eabha Daly and Naoise Kavanagh).

A Happy Birthday was also sung out to Emma Russell by the whole team after the game, as she was dedicated to the team, even on her birthday! Celbridge had an extremely large subs panel tonight, not everyone got a chance to make an impact tonight, but! With at least four more league games to play both away & home, they'll all get a chance to make their mark in the coming weeks. On the night these girls were: Aisling Mimnagh, Emma Russell, Vivienne Lee, Aishling Carthy, Rachel Synnott and Simone O'Reilly.


A truly well-deserved win for the Celbridge Girls Tonight!

The final score ending: Celbridge 9-10, Blessington 5-6.

Both U14's Celbridge Mentors – Brendan Pimlott & Paul Lynch were very proud of all the girls, as they played as a team, supporting each other throughout the game!

Goals Scored by: Niamh Mortell, Laoise Mimnagh, Abbie Pimlott, Orla Carragher, Laura Syrbit and Rebecca Davis.

Points Scored by: Niamh Mortell, Laoise Mimnagh, Abbie Pimlott, Laura Syrbit, Rebecca Davis, Megan Quinn, Eaibhin Flood.

League Match - Division 4 - LGFA U14's Round Towers Vs Celbridge - (Pitch in Kildare Town)

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Match Report

This match was originally scheduled to take place on the 28th of March, but! due to a number of girls on both teams making their Conformations on the same week, Round Towers GAA suggested we move the match to the Monday before (20th Mar 2017), under flood lights @7.45pm and Celbridge agreed.

However! this posted its own problems for the Celbridge U14's girls football team on the night, as some of the girls had played a Camogie U14's blitz the day before and 3x girls out of the starting players from the U13's football final had got injuries at the camogie blitz on the Sunday and were unable to play the match, of course it got worse, as 3x more key players were ruled out of the match as well, because of school confirmation prep mass commitments. So with 6x players out from the original division 6 winners team from October, the U14's management team had allot of changes to make!

It was a very cold night, but! the pitch at round towers was in excellent condition and a credit to the club and it was under full flood lights for the match. Both teams had never played each other before, so neither team knew each others strengths or weaknesses. It had all the making of an excellent game! With lots of Parents & Guardians ready to watch the game and give support.

Emma Lynch the Celbridge U14's football captain had won the coin toss and picked to play from left to right for the first half into the wind. The game was on and within 5 mins of play, Celbridge had scored a goal, but! that was short lived, because Round Towers scored a goal within 1 min and the sides were level. Then, within another 5 minutes, Round Towers had two shots at goal saved from the Celbridge goalkeeper Niamh Barnes, who was on top form tonight, unfortunately a free kick which was then deflected into the Celbridge goal was unpreventable and now had Round Towers with two goals, this was followed by a great point from play and it was Round Towers 2-1 to Celbridge 1-0 after 15 minutes of play.

The U14's management team (Paul & Brendan) made a substitution and changed around 3x players within the team into different positions, to resolve any gaps (around the 17th minute) and then the game completely changed. The Celbridge defense with Emma, Meabh, Nikki, Tara, Orla held strong, the midfield were also in full form, with some excellent battles and solos, followed by points from Megan and Laura and before long, some excellent scores from Laoise in the full forward line, this was helped by Rebecca. The Celbridge full forward line had full drive on and every player was making fantastic strides within the team, like Eaibhin, Erica, Vivienne and by the end of the first half whistle, the score had changed to Round Towers 2-1 to Celbridge 3-3.

It didn't get much easier for the towers on the second half, as even all the Celbridge subs were in top form and all made impacts on the game at hand. It was impossible to pick who the best player was on the night, as all of the girls were a credit and the scores just kept going. Round Towers did score another great point near the end, but! with the heavy rain now coming down, the game had gone beyond reach. A truly fantastic game from all of the girls on both sides, but! Celbridge were the team of the night! with the score ending:

Round Towers U14's Girls 2-2, Celbridge U14's Girls 6-7

Needless to say, the U14's Celbridge Management Team were delighted with the girls, as even missing 6x players from the team had made no difference to the teams work ethic: "Working together as a team for each other, to the end". 

Final Score: 

Round Towers U14's Girls 2-2 Celbridge U14's Girls 6-7 

(Division 4 - Kildare LGFA U14's League - Match 1)


Congrats to the ★U13 girls football team★Match Report

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Congrats to the ★U13 girls football team★ on winning their final in Rathcoffey this morning. 31-Oct, versus Balyna. Our thanks to the management team of Sean Gallagher & Brendan Pimlott for their hard work with the team. Thanks to Paul Lynch for sending in these images without water marks or copyright for us to enjoy & share.  Match Report by Brendan Pimlott. 

Date: 31st Oct 2016

For every winner, there must be a loser. Gaelic Football can be a cruel game at times, and unfortunately for Balyna, they were on the back foot from the best U13’s Celbridge Girls performance of this year. On paper, this game was supposed to be different from all the other matches played in this league this year, for all the girls concerned on both sides. As their last encounter (Celbridge vs Balyna) was only barely won, from last few minutes’ goal, in Celbridge’s favour, which separated the two teams in the end, only by a two-point margin. In every game before today’s final, both teams have shown a ruthless streak within this league beating other teams, which many believed would see them battle into extra time come this final day, like the Rathcoffey vs Na Fianna final also played today in another division. 

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