Donegal made the long journey to Hastings Insurance McHale Park today to take on Mayo in the second round of the Tesco All-Ireland U16 D Championship.
This is the first time an inter-county camogie match was played in Hastings Insurance McHale park and our U16 squad had the honor of running out onto the pitch to represent their county in their chosen code.
Mayo began the match with confidence and took control of the game and scoreboard from the start.
The midfield and forward lines showed consistency in controlling the ball once in their possession and converted chances into scores with regularity.
When Donegal did the get the ball, shots into their forwards were good they were just unfortunate not to be able to convert any chances into results on the scoreboard, due in no small part to the Mayo defence being at it’s best today. But their work rate around the pitch was high and they had a good share of the possession all the way through the match.
When the Mayo back lines were called upon they didn’t disappoint and dealt with any threats and chances that the Donegal forwards brought near them. Mayo maintained a clean sheet and that was a credit to the goalkeeper and her defensive players keeping a watchful eye and being ever at the ready.
Donegal gave a spirited performance and played until the final whistle which was a credit to their commitment to the game.
But in the end the Mayo girls take the victory and some momentum into their next match away to Tyrone next weekend.
Thanks to Hastings Insurance McHale Park for hosting the game today and to all the umpires and linesmen for their help also.