By Michael MacKenzie | Posted: Monday August 20, 2018
The girls went into the play-off for third, confident of a win as we had beaten Columba in round-robin play. However, we all know that games for a final are different beasts.
Kavanagh came out of the blocks firing and dominated the first ten minutes with several shots on goal, only saved by a very good goalie. Columba released the pressure with a fast break and only scrambling defence, and another star performance from keeper Keyra Webb, kept them out.
Kavanagh swung back onto attack and a bobbly ball in the circle was popped into the backboard by Luca Holloway. 1-0 at halftime was probably not a reflection of Kavanagh's dominance.
Some words of wisdom from Coach Lily saw the girls (and year 9 boys) play with better structure and they dominated the midfield. A couple of penalty corners resulted from the pressure, and field dominance. Paddy Craft topped off a great individual performance with a fantastic goal.
With 10 minutes left, the team chased everything, scrambled in defence and pressured Columba into mistakes at crucial times. Everyone came off the field spent, having defended their lead winning 2-0.
A clean sheet for keeper Keyra was an awesome way to sign off in her last game for the girls. Captain Sophie played another dominant game, offloading, tackling and running everywhere in a great performance.
Well done girls ( and year 9 boys), a thoroughly deserved third place. Big thanks to coach Lily for giving up so much of her time to coach, cajole and care for the team.