Rossa U !4 ladies made the trip to the Loughshore on Sunday take on Ballinderry in the league. Ballinderry made the perfect start with two quick goals and after five minutes the Rossa girls found themselves seven points in arrears. The bigger Ballinderry team adapted well to the atrocious conditions and at this stage Magherafelt were hanging on and battling to stay in the game .
They gradually got to grips with the conditions however and began to cause some problems for the home team. Aislinn McGuckin opened the scoring for Rossa with a well taken point and with Ciara Monaghan driving them forward from centre half back dominated the final minutes of the half. Courtney Brown and Lauren Kearns came more into the game and Magherafelt gained their reward with a goal and point from Courtney Brown. Ballinderry scored the final point of the half and at Half Time the Rossas went in 5 points down. Ballinderry 3-1 Rossa !-2
Ballinderry started the second half as they had started the first and immediately stretched the lead to seven with a well worked goal. The Magherafelt girls refused to give up and showed great determination to battle their way back into the game.
The half forward line of Niamh Kerr, Courtney Brown and Eimear Bradley began to get on the ball and with Lauren Kearns showing well at full forward the Rossas scored two points to reduce the deficit
Eimear Cassidy , Ciara Monaghan and Niamh McGarry in the half back line were now on top and a great move ended up with Courtney Brown finding the net , there were now only two points between the teams. The deficit was reduced to 1 with aonther fine point and at this Magherafelt were well on top.
Magherafelt were pushing hard for the equaliser at this stage and the Shamrocks were able to exploit some gaps at the back to score another goal to put four between the teams. Magherafelt pushed on again and Niamh Kerr pointed , Ballinderry however responded with another goal which proved to be the last score of a very competitive encounter.
Overall a good performance from the girls against a well organised and strong Ballinderry team
Training as usual Wednesday night.
Rossa 7-6 Ardtrea 0-5
Rossa U14 ladies started the season with good win over Ardtrea at Rossa Park on Sunday morning. Ardtrea made the better start and it required some good defending from Eaodaoin Smylie and Andrea Llaverty to keep them out. Rossa gradually got into the game and Ciara Monaghan and Courtney Brown began to get on the ball and cause problems for the opposition. Some excellent football led to early scores for Lauren Kearns and Clare Lynch and as the half came to a close Rossa had built up a good lead HT Rossa 4-3 Ardtrea 0-2
Rossa continued to dominate after the break with the midfield pairing of Nira Walls and Siobhan Comer working very hard and driving their team forward, Ellie McGuckin and Niamh Kerr linked up well and further scores came from Aislinn McGuckin and Niamh Kerr.
Ardtrea came back strongly in the last quarter and were rewarded with some well taken points, the Rossa defence stood firm however with Niamh McGarry and Claire Shields making some vital interceptions . Full forward Lauren Kearns capped a fine individual performance by completing the scoring with a well taken goal
Overall a good performance from the girls in the first game of the season, training as usual Wednesday night.
Megan Mackle , Eaodaoin Smylie, Andrea Llaverty, Claire Shields, Eimear Cassidy,Ciara Monaghan,Niamh McGarry,Nira Walls,Siobhan Comer,Niamh Kerr,Courtney Brown,Ellie McGuckin,Kerry Martin,Lauren Kearns,Clare Lynch Subs Caoimhe Purvis, Aislinn McGuckin, Seaneen McGuckin,Brianna McNicholl, Nicole McKee,Caitlin McKee ,Shauna McLaughlin