St. Mary’s girls U16 Match report
*Girls U16 De La Mary’s raise their game but just fall short in tight loss to Clontarf*
This was the second meeting of De La Marys (DLM: DLSP and St Mary’s U16 girls) in eight days with ‘Tarf coming out on top last week by some margin. However, after a hard week of training and some big questions being asked, the De La Mary’s girls put their hands up and answered with distinction.
Leading 14-5 after ten minutes the DLM girls showed some real fight and gusto and very much put it up to the girls from ‘Tarf. Some great tackling and handling in extremely windy conditions, kept the girls in what became a very tight and competitive first half.
The second half started off with both teams going toe-to-toe but, after a sterling first half by DLM, the level of intensity and continued pressure began to take its toll and allowed Clontarf back into the game and they quickly opened up a twenty-five point lead. Heads could have gone down but no, this DLM team are made of sterner stuff and with ten minutes to go, the girls showed the Northsiders some real Southside savvy and determination by banging in four converted tries to get the score back to 35-43, which is how it ended.
Despite the loss, the sizeable crowd left knowing that, had there been another five minutes in the game, the DLM gals would have been carried off the field shoulder high after what would have been the greatest turn-around since the Leinster/Northampton game of 2011.
This really was a great DLM team effort and one that showed the real potential of this determined, committed side that clearly have some great days ahead.