An impressive display from County U-14 star Emma Guckian proved too much for Bornacoola as Leitrim Gaels stormed to the Annaduff Credit Union U-14 Ladies Championship 7-a-side title last Monday evening in Pairc Sheain Ui Eslin, Ballinamore.
By John Connolly
LEITRIM GAELS 7-15
Guckian’s powerful running and deadly accuracy was a mix that Bornacoola simply couldn’t cope with as the County player scored an incredible 3-12, an individual tally that the Bors as a team were only able to match.
Guckian was certainly the difference between the teams but she had magnificent support from Katie Foley who, on another day, would take the head-lines with three goals and at least three more shots that cannoned off the Bornacoola posts.
Elise Bruen was another live-wire in defence and apart from scoring 1-1 herself, she managed to keep tabs on the impressive Sarah McWeeney, never allowing the Bornacoola player to wreck the sort of damage she would be capable of if she was given the room to do so.
What made the Gaels victory all the more impressive is the fact that they achieved it without the services of County U-14 defender Sadhbh Sweeney and Kathy McLoughlin in defence, a move that meant their entire line-up had to be rejigged before the start of the contest.
Bornacoola never recovered from the blast of three goals in the first 75 seconds of the game on Monday but they never gave up trying and Roisin Donnelly and McWeeney in attack, the hard working Joelene Francis, the tenacious Ciara Reid in defence and excellent keeper Michelle Hackett put up impressive displays.
Leitrim Gaels got off to a perfect start when Katie Foley drove the ball into the net after less than 30 seconds. Elise Bruen grabbed the resulting kick-out and her high ball caught out keeper Michelle Hackett and ended up in the back of the net.
To make matters worse, Emma Guckian then soloed through for a third Leitrim Gaels goal in the opening 75 seconds to grab a hold of the contest. Michelle Hackett then made a great save to deny Foley a second goal while Guckian saw a shot come off the post.
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