Cashel Town Rebels 0
Cashel Town Rockets 1
Last Sunday morning was an historic day for the newly formed Cashel Town Schoolgirls club, as they played their first ever organised league game at home, in the Scoil Chormaic pitch on the Golden Road. And what a game it was to start with. The only club in the league with two under 12 teams, friends became foes for an hour. The Rockets were coming off a very comfortable opening day victory, while the Rebels who are the younger and more inexperienced girls, were coming off a heavy opening day defeat. It seemed set up for a win for the older girls, but what transpired warmed the heart and showed that the strength and depth of talent in the club is massive. The younger girls showed themselves to be no respectors of reputation, and took the game to their opponents right for the off. The rebels midfield of Clodagh Quinn and Belin Molinaro tackled and harried at will, while young striker Katie Sherlock caused problems all day for the Rockets defence. On the Rockets side, Ciara Dwan and Emily McGrath oozed calmness and class, and were setting up scoring chances for forwards Sinead O’Dwyer and Ciara Mulcaire on a regular basis. Time after time though, these were thwarted by rugged Rebel backs Louise Ryan, Grace O’Dwyer and Grace Moloney. But a very special mention has to be given to Rebel keeper, and the youngest player on the pitch Aoibhe Gayson Molloy, who time and again blocked and cleared all the attacks on her goal. Scoreless at half time, the Rockets were a little shell shocked and redoubled their efforts in the second half, but as befits their name, the Rebels stood staunchly in opposition. But, just as it seemed the game was going to finish honours even, up popped Rockets striker Ciara Mulcaire to send a delightful shot past young Aoibhe in the goal, to record a first ever home win (even if they were technically the away team!) This was a thoroughly enjoyable game, and the supporters applauded both teams from the field. On this showing, it won’t be the last time either team is applauded.
Cashel Town Schoolgirls FC 6
Burncourt Celtic FC 3
Next up were the older girls, who were attempting to build on their success a fortnight ago in the first round of games. Nonetheless, it seemed that some of them were still caught up in the excitement of the earlier game, as they were caught flat footed by the visitors and were a goal behind within the first couple of minutes. Even this didn’t seem to awaken them as minutes later, only a superb save by keeper Caitlin Beatty Green kept Cashel from going two down. That did the trick however, and soon Captain Fantastic Sarah Kate Delaney took the game by the scruff of the neck in midfield and began to break up all the Burncourt attacks as well as setting up the Cashel forwards to equalise. And they did after ten minutes when tenacious winger Molly Burgess took on three defenders to fire home from close range. Just after this, Sorcha Clark replaced an injured Aisling Molloy and showed some really classy touches in tandem with Delaney to take a stranglehold on the game. It was inevitable then that Cashel would take the lead and they did so when Sarah Kate burst through the defence and fired low and hard past the helpless keeper. Five minutes later she did so again, and Cashel went to the break two goals to the good.
The home team made five changes at half time, and one of these paid dividends immediately. Kate Gayson Molloy expertly rounded three defenders early in the half to open up a four goals to one lead. She struck again on the quarter hour, and by this stage it looked like every time Cashel attacked they were capable of rattling the netting. However, as they did in their first game, they switched off at 5-1 and inexplicably allowed Burncourt score two goals to turn a comfortable game into a nervy final ten minutes. But, like all good teams, they switched back on instinctively and stretched the legs again, with Delaney haring down the right wing and sending an inviting ball across the area for Gayson Molloy to tap home the insurance goal and her first hat trick of the season. These girls are good and will go a long way this year. If they can stay switched on for the full hour in all their games, they might even go all the way to a league title.
Schoolgirls Under 10 Blitz
The day in the newly renamed “Sisters Field” was completed with a blitz for the under ten girls. They were joined by girls from Cahir, Kilbeheny, Tipperary Town and Clerihan and the field was awash with colour for almost an hour and a half on Sunday afternoon. The under 10s are the pride and joy of the club and they acquitted themselves fantastically with two wins a draw and a single defeat. It isn’t results that matter at this level though, it is ability and enjoyment and these girls showed they have both in spades. Ranging from six years of age to nine, they played a brand of short, sharp attacking football, and gave notice to the girls ahead of them that they better keep on their toes. Finally the club would like to thank everyone involved with the day, who made our historic home debut one that will be remembered for a long time.