After the July break and a league re-structure, Tullylish Under-14 Girls welcomed Downpatrick R.G.U . Despite a defeat, the Tullylish girls fought to the very end displaying a commendable performance in front of their home spectators in Pairc na N’Og.
With a very strong midfield, Leah Conolloy powered through the Downpatrick defence to a bag a goal in the opening minutes. The Tullylish girls kept possession after the kick out to score another goal from Leah Donnelly as well as a point from Leah Conolloy with the help of forwards Niamh Grimley and C.J Reilly. Downpatrick responded with a few points and two goals. Despite this, half backs Niamh Finnegan and Teirna Barry out up a great fight getting numerous blocks and tackles in.
Although R.G.U kept a lot of possession, the Tullylish defence worked as unit to prevent scores, causing Downpatrick to shoot from difficult angles. This resulted in numerous wide balls due to good pressure from Saoirse McComiskey and Aileen Burns in the full back line. Great saves from Orla Greene in goals also kept the defence in tact.
Going into the break, Downpatrick were a few goals ahead but this did not deter the ‘Lish girls. At half time they re-grouped and changes were made on the team. The second half saw Lauren Trainor introduced into goals and Caitlin Harries was brought up the field to join Leah Donnelly in mid field. The tight defence remained throughout the duration of the second half with good support play from the defence. This work rate continued the whole way up the pitch as Leah Conolloy scored another goal with the help of Claire-Rose Agnew, Fiona Brownley and Amy Walsh. Teirna Barry battled through tough tackles with the help of Saoirse McComiskey who later won a very fair free. Unfortunately when the final whistle went, the Tullylish girls suffered a defeat.
With a sterling performance from every player, the Tullylish girls gave a very good account of themselves. Despite the loss, players and management should be delighted with the progression and look forward to their next encounter away to Dundrum.
Tullylish team; Orla Greene, Aileen Burns, Saoirse McComiskey, Niamh Finnegan, Teirna Barry, Caitlin Harries, Leah Donnelly, Leah Conolloy, Amy Walsh, Claire-Rose Agnew, Fiona Brownley, C.J Reilly, Niamh Grimley, Lauren Trainor