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Savannah’s strike proves the difference

MGL North Under-12’s 0-1 MGL South Under-12’s

THE FAI Under-12’s Inter-league began on Sunday morning with the clash of the two host teams as the Metro Girls League Under-12’s North and South academies clashed in the opening game of the day.

In the end it was an 11th minute volley from the MGL South’s Savannah Kane that seperated the sides but the league’s Northside squad will be wondering how they didn’t get at least a point from the game after they dominated the second half.

However the girls from the south stood firm and inspired by their fiery red-haired lioness in the middle of the park Katie O’Reilly the girls from South of the Liffey held on to their victory. And it was a with the first real chance of the game that the only goal of the game arrived.

Amelia Landers crossed from the left wing and the ball fell the way of Kane – who didn’t need to settle – but on the bounce volleyed home into the roof of the net past Sinead Fitzgerald in the North goal.

Almost immediately the Northside girls could have drawn level but Amy Kelly in the South goal was quick to react to deny Caoimhe Connaughton from close range after Katie Grogan’s ball found its way through to her.

As half time approached the MGL South searched for another but Katie O’Reilly’s driven effort rose high over the crossbar.

The second period began with the North on the front foot and inside the opening sixty seconds of the 15-minute half, Katie Grogan found space down the right but fired wide of Kelly’s goal.

From the kick off the MGL were on the attack again with Connaughton’s effort cleared off the line by Melissa Caffrey while the follow up effort from Lucy Rooney was too high.

Still the North pressed for a equaliser and six minutes into the second half, a lovely ball to Connaughton from Ana Livesey saw the Peamount youngster find only the side-netting in her attempt to level matters up.

Young Caoimhe Connaughton was a threat all day and moments after Kate Grogan’s shot was saved by Amy Kelly, Caoimhe almost produced a chance out of nothing as she beat three players only to be denied by a good save from Kelly.

Late on the South were almost in for a second when Aoife McDermott played in Kaci Dardis but her touch let her down but in the end it didn’t matter as the South hung on to their advantage.

MGL North: Sinead Fitzgerald, Aoibhe Brennan, Tara Christie, Molly McGauley, Jorja Leavy, Caoimhe Connaughton, Sadie Daly, Lucy Rooney, Hannah Healy, Molly Kearns, Katie Grogan, Ella Henry-Clince, Charley House, Anna Livesey, Shannon McDermott, Aoife Russell.

MGL South: Amy Kelly, Kala Byrne, Melissa Caffrey, Sophie  Copeland, Kaylyn Corcoran, Kaci Dardis, Robyn Gleeson, Savannah Kane, Amelia Landers, Laila Mackey, Anna Martin, Aoife McDermott, Annie O’Brien, Jessica Moore, Rihanna Meier, Katie O’Reilly.

By Ger Brady

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