Exams the deciding factor for under-16 girls teams
On last Thursday evening Mallow's U/16 ladies team played their opening game of the North Cork League against Liscarroll in Carrigoon.
Many of the girls were returning to the football pitch after the break for Junior Cert exams and the lack of match practice showed in the first half where Mallow missed several scoring chances. At the half time whistle the scoreline was Mallow 0-4 Liscarroll 2-2.
Mallow started the second half much stronger and a goal and a point in the first five minutes had the sides level. Liscarroll then struck back with two goals and, despite a great improvement in the Mallow attack, which saw them kick another seven points, the game finished Mallow 1-12 Liscarroll 5- 6.
Meanwhile the U/16 non-exam ladies league final was played in Banteer on Sunday last between Mallow and St Peter's. Playing with the breeze Mallow started the stronger team and went into an early lead and after 15 minutes lead on a score of Mallow 0-6, St Peter's 0 -1.
A goal for St Peter's brought them back into the game and the teams traded points for the remainder of the half and at half time the scores read Mallow 0-9 St Peter's 1-4. With the wind advantage in the second half St Peter's kicked two quick points to draw level and then scored a goal which was to turn the game in their favour. Despite our girls putting in a fantastic effort which led to several nerve wracking goal mouth scrambles St Peter's went on to win on a score of Mallow 0-11 St Peter's 3-8. On Saturday at 12 noon the Mallow U/16s play Newmarket in the league in Newmarket.s