Mayo U14s were in action at same time as the U16s Sunday morning. Management utilised the entire squad in this game to ensure all girls got good game time.As has been the case all week this was another tight game with little separating the girls and Galway. Mayo fell behind and couldn't retrieve it so finished in 8th position.
The 16s had their match on one of the Astroturf pitches against MGL. Management here also utilised the full squad bearing in mind that injuries at this stage had reduced us to 18 fit players.
The opening exchanges were even and the first real chance was from a MGL corner when the ball was just headed over. On 14 minutes Maria Cannon intercepted a Dublin attack and quickly counter attacked and fired a super diagonal shot just inches wide of the far corner. The game was end to end by now and both Roisin Kelly and Leah Conway gave excellent covering defending on 2 occasions.
The 2nd half was only started when Mayo keeper Emma Mc Nutty had to be really brave in diving at the incoming forward to make a top save and getting a boot in the nose for her heroics. Mayo continued to threaten and Ava Keane was unlucky on 27 minutes. The Dublin side went ahead 4 mins from time and things looked bleak. The girls kept plugging away knowing that there was a considerable amount of time lost to a Dublin injury.Deep into added time a brilliantly floated Annie Gough free kick was headed into the top of the net by Kate O Dowd. Cue manic celebrations and there was still time for another chance for Mayo and an unbelievable Hana Ueno clearance off our line.
Full time and 1-1
After the initial 5 penalties the 2 sides were still tied 4 -4. MGL eventually won 6 -5 on penalties.
Thus Mayo finished 4th overall and while this squad has finished in the top 4 in Ireland in 2 of the past 3 years this year feels like under achievement by both players and staff.