Down U-14 and Minor Ladies Falter in Double Header

Down Ladies U-14’s 7-09  Monaghan  12-06

[caption id="attachment_37934" align="aligncenter" width="550"]The Down U-14 Ladies team. The Down U-14 Ladies team.[/caption] There was a double header for the Down Ladies at RGU Downpatrick on Saturday with the U-14s and Minors both in action. Down U-14’s were first up with a tough match against Monaghan in the Ulster U-14 B Championship writes Barry McConville. . The Down girls showed great skill and determination and on any other day putting 7 goals and 9 points over a team would have surely secured a win. However, it was not to be Down’s day as an equally determined Monaghan side out scored the locals with a 12-06 tally. A lot of positives were taken from the game and the Down management team of Joe Tunney, Paddy McCrickard, Sean Cowen, and Declan Grant, will be looking towards the next game on 27 April away to Armagh. Both Down and Armagh have lost their opening games and both teams will no doubt be doing all they can to put points on the board from their forthcoming meet. Monaghan remain unbeaten and top the group followed by Cavan, Donegal, Down and Armagh respectively.

Down Minor Ladies  2-04  Armagh  5-10

[caption id="attachment_37935" align="aligncenter" width="550"]The Down U-14 Minors. The Down U-14 Minors.[/caption]

Down Ladies Minors were next up against neighbours Armagh. The weather took a turn for the worse and in driving rain the young Gaels did their counties proud with a fast flowing end to end game. It was too tough to call in the first half with both sides playing excellent football with end to end scores.

But it was Armagh who edged ahead in the second half and even with a Down penalty scored and a few minutes later an Armagh penalty put over the bar, Down found the going too tough and Armagh took the spoils in a very wet and windy RGU.

Down management team Frank McMullan and Cailin Molloy were obviously disappointed but upbeat by the squad’s performance and are looking to the positives with a young Down squad building for the future. Armagh progress to the final of the B Championship with a show-down with Monaghan on 20 April.