Cork County Minor C Championship Quarter Final
Our girls travelled to Bishopstown last Tuesday Night to take on the ‘town girls in the Cork County Minor Quarter final
The Bishopstown GAA complex on the night was a haven of activity with games being played on all pitches. Curtain raiser to this game was a very entertaining U21 hurling challenge game where Valley Rovers lined out against Bishopstown. This truly added to the occasion .
Our girls took to the field full of confidence and ability after an unbeaten run in the East Cork Minor B league, where we finished top and thus qualified for County Championship in the C Grade.
The Bishopstown Girls proved to be a big step up to any previous opposition, and right from the start tore into us, attacking us in waves. We were 1:2 down within the first 7 mins as they had us running ragged around the pitch. The introduction of Denise into full back allowed Deirdre to move to mid field and we started to find ourselves in their half of the field. We then started to play football. A brace of points brought us to within 2 points, but we were finding it difficult to contain their midfield pairing who were full of running. The way the game went we found ourselves in our half of the pitch for long periods. But it was a cracking exciting contest.
Half Time Score: Midleton 0:5 Bishopstown 1:7
The work rate of our girls was immense. We were chasing this game from start to finish and at no stage never gave up. The rear guard was led by Rayanna between the posts who was unbelievable on the night, saving a penalty and several goal line clearances. In reality we should have been down about 8 goals at the break but only went in at half time down 5 points, with Bishopstown having most of the play. We could have been going home at this stage only for our dramatic defending and the work rate of the girls tracking their players all over the field. The second half started in the same format as the first with Bishopstown dominating the first 10 minutes and ran in for 2 goals. We did have chances but at times our decision making came up a bit short. Bishopstown kept up the pace for the whole game and interestingly we owned the last 10 minutes.It wasn’t to be our night in the end however and the final score flattered Bishopstown. There were loads of positives to take for our girls going forward and, we will work on these and we will surely get back to winning ways in no time. They could have done no more and on the night could not fault any one of the Midleton girls, they were absolutely fantastic, worked as a team, supported each other, kept positive and made it very difficult for the Bishopstown girls who I’m sure will have been stiff and sore Wednesday morning. Some of our girls also have some war wounds, Molly had to retire injured, as did Ellen who actually got injured during the warm up and Abby with a chest infection coming into the game did not help our cause but the rest stepped up. These are truly a great bunch of individuals who on the night made us proud to be associated with them. Well done girls.Now, we’ll look to more important matters with the East Cork Minor League Final still to play against Youghal and we’ll take this good form into that final. To quote Henry Ford “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”
Full-time Midleton 1-6 Bishopstown 3-13
Team: Deirdre Corcoran, Clodagh Finn (1-1), Aoife Franklin, Lucy Wallace (0-1), Roisín O’Callaghan, Leah Hogan, Vivienne Gleeson, Mischa Daly Harkin, Jodie Keegan O’Connell, Molly Beausang (0-2), Sadhbh Beausang (0-1), Rayanna Power, Lucy Kenneally (0-1), Abby Quirke, Rhea Buckley, Laura O’Leary, Ellen Ryan, Denise Collins, Caoimhe Cronin
Training for this week:
Our U8’s are back indoors in the Community Centre from 6-7pm. U10’s to Junior please watch for a text message to confirm training times and locations over the coming weeks while we try and secure our Winter Training venues.