Steelstown U14s get league started with away win

June 3, 2014 at 9:17 pm

Ballerin 3-3
Steelstown 8-6

Steelstown Brian Og’s U14 Ladies got their 2014 North Derry league campaign underway on a sunny Thursday evening away at Shamrock Park against Ballerin Sarfields GAC.


The Steelstown Ladies started slowly with a Nicole Campbell point answered by a point from the home side. A fine goal from distance scored by Captain Clodagh Laverty, should have sparked the usual Steelstown scoring spree, but it didn’t this time and a point followed quickly by two goals, the second from a free by the Ballerin side, put them in front.  A goal from Aoife Collins calmed things down a little and was followed by a Clodagh Laverty point. The Ballerin ladies reply of a point was snuffed out by a goal from Clodagh and sub Dearbhla Mooney closed the half with a well taken point leaving the Og’s a narrow two points ahead with a half time score 2-3 to 3-2.

A little hair dryer treatment at half-time and the Steelstown side restarted and began to play football as they should have done from the start……Catherine McGuigan started it off with a goal lobbed in from distance. A point from Aoife was followed by goal of the game……..Catherine lobbed another ball into the danger zone and Dearbhla Mooney picked it up in the centre and hooked a perfectly placed shot into the far left corner of the net (the Ballerin goalie had no chance!). Another point by captain Clodagh was followed by a second goal scored by Catherine McGuigan from a free. The goals were flowing freely now and one from Clodagh Laverty was followed by a Maeve Mooney goal, setup by some great play by Niamh Doherty. The Ballerin side did manage one more goal before Clodagh Laverty wrapped the proceedings up with a nice point. Final score: Ballerin Sarfields GAC 3-3; Steelstown Brian Og’s 8-6.

A good win to begin the league campaign with some great scoring on display. Niamh Friel stood out again in defense with some excellent reading of the game, supported brilliantly by Aoife O’Reilly, Orla O’Doherty, Niamh Doherty, Orlaith McGough, Niamh Gilmore and Riona Harkin. The attackers Jade Macari, Aoife Collins, Dearbhla Mooney, Nicole Campbell, Evie Doherty and Cliodnha Nelis all worked well together and as always the super-sub U12’s including Connie Roarty, Maeve Mooney and Hannah Lang all played their part in the game.

Thanks to all parents who travelled to the game and offered lifts and to Ballerin Sarfields for their excellent and friendly hosting of the match.

Steelstown Brian Og’s U14 Ladies: Aoife O’Reilly, Orla O’Doherty, Niamh Doherty, Orlaith McGough, Niamh Friel, Niamh Gilmore, Riona Harkin, Catherine McGuigan, Clodagh Laverty, Jade Macari, Aoife Collins, Dearbhla Mooney, Nicole Campbell, Evie Doherty, Cliodnha Nelis, Connie Roarty, Hannah Lang, Maeve Mooney.