The first game of minor championship took place in youghal July 12th. The team faced Grenagh who the under 16's had beaten a few weeks previous. The game was played thirteen-a-side which soon dropped to twelve-a-side with an early injury for a grenagh player. After less than 30 seconds of play a stunning goal was scored by Leah Broderick.A quick point was scored by shannen Bulman Joyce which seemed to effortlesley Glide over the bar. Grenagh did not give up without a fight and battled on meeting many challenges from the half-back line.
Shannen Bulman Joyce proved a crucial member of the team scoring 1.16 with only 2 points coming from frees. Nora Sheehan who stood between the posts made a couple of impressive saves before a good goal came from the Grenagh forward. Róisín O Keeffe was certainly an important player for Youghal making many long runs up from her mid-field position to assist the forward line and help set up scores.
Alannah Finn scored an effortless point just before the half-time whistle blew. Scores were coming thick and fast from the Youghal side before half time and the girls and the coaches were pleased with the efforts of all on the field.
Three changes were made at half-time. Gemma O Brien replaced Jayne Walsh in the half-back position. Emily Roche substituted Leah Broderick in the half -forward position and Sally-Ann Quill replaced Nora Sheehan in goal. Róisín O Keeffe scored a stunning point within the first minute of the second-half putting Youghal ahead by 1-14 to 1-0. Grenagh showed no signs of giving up and gave Youghal a run for their money scoring two goals in succession with one of which coming from a free. Shannen Bulman Joyce scored three answering points putting the Youghal side well ahead. Amy Hennessy stood in now replacing Alannah Finn and Ellie Budds substituded Ashley O Brien in the full forward position. Great work and superb skill was to be seen again in the half back line by Chloe Daly who had a hard battle with the centre forward who made some great runs but was cut off by Chloe who was just to strong for her opponent with her superb hooking and blocking skills. Emily Roche, when she came on proved to be a great asset to the team and was the cause of a clever goal from Ellie Budds. Róisín O Keeffe scored another beautiful point from the corner flag leaving spectators and players in awe. Shannen Bulman Joyce who had already scored a whopping 15 points scored a net-rippling goal leaving the score at 2-19 to 3-0. Just before the whistle sounded another super goal was scored by Niamh Quill who played a superb game all round leaving the final score at 4-20 to 3-0.
Credit were it is due, the Grenagh goal keeper made some fantastic saves in both halves and was the saving grace for the Grenagh team – certainly one to watch in the future.
Nora Sheehan, Aisling Ní Shiochru, Shannon Watson, Chaela Dalton, Jayne Walsh, Chloe Daly, Niamh Quill, Róisín O Keeffe, Leah Broderick, Alannah Finn, Ashley O Brien, Shannen Bulman Joyce.
Sally-Ann Quill, Gemma O Brien, Emily Roche, Amy Hennesy,Ellie Budds