Our U15 girls had their 2nd game of the season in the Ulster U15 Cup vs St Columba's Stranorlar. The girls welcomed Sophie Murphy back from injury but were missing the influential Katherine Doherty. The girls started the game excellently, pinning St Columba's back for long periods of the game and creating lots of chances. Erin McLaughlin was pulling the strings in midfield and Alaina Keogh and Jenna Harkin caused endless bother on the wings for the St Columba's full backs. The breakthrough came as Sophie Murphy finished expertly when well placed in the box. Carndonagh CS really piled on the pressure but the St Columba's keeper, who had an excellent game, kept them at bay. She made one excellent save from an Erin McLaughlin driven shot, tipping it onto the bar. The 2nd goal finally arrived when Alana Doherty ran onto a through ball and showed great composure to calmly slot it past the keeper. Carn CS were nearly caught with a sucker punch right before half time when sloppy play allowed the St Columba's 9 to run through. However, Kate McCallion showed great pace and determination to get back and make a tackle just before the number 9 pulled the trigger.
In the 2nd half Carndonagh CS played some of their best football of the season but could not find their way past the stubborn St Columba's defence. Erin McLaughlin thought she had our 3rd goal when her curling drive beat the keeper and was sailing into the far corner...only for a defender to head clear on the line. With 5 minutes to play, Erin McLaughlin finally got her goal with a neat toe-poke in off the post. The girls performed excellently throughout; they were defensively very sound, created lots of chances and will just need to ensure they take them the next day. Well done girls. The girls play local rivals Scoil Mhuire Buncrana in their next game.