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After Saturday’s heat, it was back to freezing cold on Sunday for U13 girls trip to Leixlip for a top of the table clash.
we started well and went close with shots from Emily’s Shortt and Gaines as well as Lucy Jones before Leixlip also went close as the game became end to end. The hosts took the lead on the break when a cross wasn’t cleared and was blasted in to the top corner, giving Jill Shanley no chance. 5 minutes later it was 2 and Leixlip had chances to add to their score as our girls were a little shell-shocked.
Turning around for the 2nd half, we gathered ourselves and started piling the pressure on through the tireless Meabh Gurrin and Rebecca Stewart, who’s wonderful right foot cross was stabbed home by Katie Andrews. The pattern was now set with Greysones pouring forward and the home team dangerous on the break and testing Rachel O’Toole and Laura Higgins at the back. Laura’s calm play from the back had led to the opening goal and was a feature throughout.
Leixlip restored their advantage when a cross evaded everyone and was deflected in but minutes later Caoimhe Swan curled home to the far corner to make it 3-2.
We knew we needed a win to keep the pressure on at the top of the table and continued to press but with minutes left Leixlip added a 4th and 5th on the break to put an unfair reflection on the scoreline - “smash and grab” the Leixlip Manager called it but, to be fair, Carolina Perez-Vargas was called on to make some excellent stops as Leixlip always looked threatening. For our girls, they couldn’t have given more, in the 2nd half in particular but, as the post match photo shows, they enjoyed the game and will go to next weeks Belles tournament in confident mood.
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