FAI U15 Gaynor Cup Interleague Qualifier
Well done to the Donegal U-15 girls who battled for a draw in the Gaynor Cup Interleague Qualifier at Ballyare on Saturday.
Donegal 1-1 Sligo Leitrim
Donegal performed excellently against strong Sligo/Leitrim sides despite being a few players down.
Donegal went one up after great work by Erin Doherty, who excelled in the first half, after 26 minutes. Nicole McDaid could have put us further ahead on three minutes later after a excellent cross by Cora McBride.
Sligo upped their game in second half and were rewarded on 42 minutes by a fine strike by Nola Evers. Ciara Molloy when racing through on 48 minutes but her shot was blocked.
Donegal defenders Lucy Canning, Shania Mc Monagle, Serena Mc Crossan and Emily Irwin stood up to the pressure from Sligo with Ellie Duffy made a fine save with four mins to go.
Erika Gallagher had a stormer in centre midfield and must have covered very blade of grass, breaking down some good attacks by sligo! Hannah Hopkins, Gabrielle O'Donnell and Caitlin Hume played their part in the second half with both Hannah and Gabrielle close to scoring
Donegal 1-1 Sligo/Leitrim
Following on from the footsteps of the older girls the U-13s stepped up to play Sligo/ Leitrim in the FAI Gaynor Cup Interleague Qualifiers, in tough weather conditions also at Ballyare.
Donegal performed excellently against a strong Sligo/Leitrim side who last year won the U-12 Interleague Section at the Gaynor Cup.
The Donegal squad received a big blow early in the week as Siobhan Cameron was ruled out through injury. Siobhan's experience of played for U-15 Ulster Schools was a big loss. However the girls performance over the last few months has improved immensely and they excelled in Saturday's challenge.
Despite going one down in the first half after a great cross from the right in 16 minutes, the girls battled hard with Megan McLoughlin and Eva Blaney pulling the strings in the middle of the pitch. Grace Murphy went running clear on 24 minutes after a great through ball by Clodagh Heron but the Sligo 'keeper made a good save.
Mèabh McAteer and Sarah Conaghan battled hard in defence, but there was no way through the Illistrin pairing of Darcy Kelly and Sarah McGinley. On the last attack in the first half Ella McHugh linked up with Rachel Friel but her shot was blocked.
With more determination in the second half the girls created more chances, with Orlaith Doherty causing the Sligo defence many problems. Grace Nugent made a good run up right and crossed to Orlaith who hit the post. Róisín Lynch was the women of the hour firing home on 43 minutes after good work by Eva Blaney.