29th September 2016
In what is only their first year as a competitive force, the Senior Hockey team here at Castlepollard Community College have exceeded expectations in terms of not only their performances but their results. An opening win against Ursuline from Sligo was recently followed up with an impressive win over a seasoned Salerno side from Galway. Here's Allyssha Moore, the team captain's take on the performance:
Salerno 0 Castlepollard Community College 2
On Tuesday the 27th of September the Castlepollard Community College hockey team made the tedious journey down to Salerno College Galway to bravely face their opponents.
This was the girl’s second competitive match of the Connacht hockey league where they achieved a glorious win of 0-2.
From the very start it was clear that the girls were off to a very strong start. It is proof of the girls great defence line when the other team stood no chance against sweeper Rebecca O’Keeffe. The team saw much new talent with Ellie Masterson and Saoirse Butler taking their first debut along the wings, and giving many great passes.
The excellent team work shown by all the CCC players this was clear when they weaved the ball past Galway’s defence and successfully scored their first goal with last touch coming off, woman of the match’s stick, Rebecca Ayres.
Starting off the second half all the CCC players were in flying spirits after the encouraging words of their coaches, Ms Leonard and Ms Kiernan.
However spirits were dampened when the girls got two disallowed goals from the Galway teams own referee to which many believe may have been a biased decision.
These two goals were scored by Megan D'arcy and Emma Walsh and by the end of the second round we saw yet another goal scored by Rebecca Ayres.
It was great relief to the girls that they knew the team had defenders such as Caitlin Devine, Laoise Devine and indeed our goal keeper Katie Sheehan to prevent even the slightest thought of a goal from the minds of the Salerno girls.
And of course not forgetting our great support on the side lines, many of which include first years hoping to make their debut in next week’s match and one of which was our retired player Danielle O’Keeffe. Without them it is sure that the girls would not have kept their enthusiasm up through the entire match.
Woman of the match went to a deserving duo, Megan D'arcy and Rebecca Ayres.