Abbeyleix U-12s took a break from West Leinster action when they played in a nine team blitz against Kilkenny & Carlow from South east league and Clonmel from Munster league.
The open spaces on half size pitch with eight a side suited the Abbeyleix style and despite losing Aoife Finlay to injury in the first few minutes, recovered well to record four wins, two draws and a solitary defeat.
Top performers on the day were Elva Kerr, Isobel Finlay, John Moynan with two goals, Marlese Ponsioen playing a more advanced role and Melissa Odlum.
Thanks to Justine in Carlow and Andrea in Clonmel for organizing event, which was preceded by an U-10 event.
Abbeyleix 1: Nicola Roe, Gillian Kelly, Stephen Thompson, Sarah Clegg, Amy Fingleton, Ben Barrett, Marlese Ponsioen, Amy Moynan, Melissa Odlum, Jess Barrett.
Abbeyleix 2: Catriona Rafter, John Moynan, Jane & Andrea Caldbeck, Alyson Shaw, Craig Cantwell, Aoife & Isobel Finlay, Elva Kerr, Greg Finlay.
Abbeyleix U-14s bow out of Cup
What a difference a week makes. Having knocked out the holders Naas the previous week Abbeyleix had high hopes of reaching the final, but were dashed by a superior Tullamore on a 3-0 scoreline.
Whereas the previous week Abbeyleix were first to the ball, and primarily on the offensive, this time they were second best with a sluggish performance.
Two first half goals sealed their fate and were never able to recover. Unfortunately most of their good work was in defence and rarely threatened the Tullamore goal.
On paper it was a stronger team than the previous week, but the teamwork and interplay of previous week was missing. Luke Ponsioen, Louise Cantwell and Hen Hamilton were best but Sorcha Maloney, David Bell and Rachel Black were missed.
Abbeyleix: Jack o Connell, Sarah Fingleton, Grace Flanagan, Tara Hyland, Hen Hamilton, Roisin Dwyer, Emily & Sarah Jacob, Carla Ponsioen, Caitlin Pretorius, Louise Cantwell, and Luke Ponsioen.