FIRST HALF JENNA HAT TRICK BRINGS U13'S BACK FROM THE BRINK

Athenry 6-3 Knocknacarra B ​(sunday 11th sept 2022)
A wet start to our first league game to kick off the season. Knocknacarra started well, going 2 goals up. Turned out the Athenry girls were just getting settled in for a goal fest. Athenry's first goal came from Jenna Brady with great play from the defence to thread the ball through. Jenna was there again to level it to 2-2. The Athenry defence of Lauren, Alicja, Sofija and Meabh were busy at times stalling the Knocknarra attacks. Knocknarra strikers were caught offside on a couple of occasions from a great defensive and focused back line. Brynn made some fantastic saves from the tricky Knockanarra #7 and diving on the ball during some goalmouth scrambles. Jenna finished off her hat-trick just before the half time whistle. This came from some great passing Aebha and Erin driving forward and forcing Knockncarra on the back foot with Aisling providing a great pass to Jenna to finish off her hat-trick!


The start of the second half brought two changes to the home team with the introduction of Sophie Murray and Venice Silke. The 4th goal came from a goalmouth scramble in the Knockncarra box before the alert Dearbhla hammered it home. Not long after Dearbhla's goal Aisling Higgins was fed a great ball from Ciara Bonner, following some great link up play by Erin Finnerty. Aisling made no mistake and placed the ball in the net. The introduction of Ciara Caulfield brought some fresh legs and also like Venice, her first game with the team, both players kept the momentum going. Venice made some important tackles to stop attacks from the Knocknacarra forwards.


Knocknacarra pulled a third goal back but Athenry looked very good for the win at this late stage. The last Athenry attack came from Aebha who made a great solo run toward goal with her shot just bouncing wide of the far post. The referees final whistle brought sheer excitement to the Athenry team and pure soaked with joy. These girls could not have made a better start or performance of getting their first winning game of the season off to a flying start. The coaching staff of Steve, Mark & Carol were pure proud of an excellent performance by all players today.