Our Junior Gaelic footballers faced Athlone Community College in a local derby on Monday, November 15th. All players were extremely focused from the first whistle. This was clearly evident from Grace McGlynn who got the ball to score a goal in the very first minute. This fantastic start was doubled 46 seconds later when Ella Kenny found the back of the net to make it 2 goals within 2 minutes, a great start.

Even though OLB’s defence were organised and playing well, the pressure told and ACC scored a goal to get their first points on the board after 6 minutes.

The Bower team then responded by linking good passes together and with some good points from Lisa Seery, Ella Kenny and Alison Nugent, the lead was increased again. This was reinforced when Grace McGlynn moved herself into a good position to score another goal just before the first water break.

During this break, precise instructions were given and these were listened to as OLB came out much more dominant. It was at this point Alison Nugent made a dazzling run, beating everyone in her way to place the ball in the left top corner. Shortly after this excellent goal Alison helped herself to another point over the bar. (HT – OLB 4-5 ACC 1-8)

The second half began like the first with Faye Loftus starting to show what she can do by kicking a great point. Chances came ACC’s way with Roisin Nally having to step in to stop attacks, one of which was certainly heading in for a goal. But with Faye Loftus and Aoife Purtill scoring points, The Bower had established another comfortable lead at the water break. (OLB 5-8 ACC 1-12)

It looked like this would be it until the final whistle, especially after more points were added by Faye Loftus once again. However, The Community College, who are a strong team, had different ideas, as they fought to get back into the contest. With 12 minutes to go ACC scored a well worked goal. The pressure was on, Alison Nugent was keeping the board moving with a goal and a point. Aoife Purtill was putting on a great show in the forward line also.

It was with 9 minutes left on the clock that tension began to creep in as ACC scored a goal. Then shortly after this a penalty was awarded to ACC, which was finished. At one stage OLB were only 1 point in the lead, creating a nail-biting finish.

Even though there were a number of players across all the areas of the pitch playing as hard as they could OLB needed someone to step up. That was Alison Nugent who grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck, not only to get a few points but also to score an outstanding individual goal. Faye Loftus and Ella Kenny kept the points ticking over as OLB secured a very impressive 10 point win. Well done to all the team and management. (FT – OLB 8-12   ACC 4-14)