U15 girls soccer semi final
In a fiercely contested match today, in dreary, wet conditions, PCH girls dug deep and came away with a 3-2 victory against a strong Ballinrobe side. 
A minute’s silence for the father of classmate and friend, Alannah Lulling,  was a poignant and sobering moment before the game began.
Missing 4 players , Ruth O Brien and Katie Farragher were called upon and they did not let the team down. Annabelle was strong and steady in goal and Ava B, Elaina, Ruth and captain Emma contested every ball.
A strong wind in Ballinrobe’s favour meant PCH came off at half-time a goal down. 
A pep talk involving Real Madrid’s comeback yesterday and words of encouragement from everyone saw the girls come back on in the 2nd half determined to give it their all. And that is exactly what they did. An evenly matched game followed with chances for both sides. With the clock ticking on, the girls never gave up – Lily D ran tirelessly up and down the right wing for the entire game. At times, frustrations ran high in the PCH camp with some decisions not going our way. However, Alison, Eda, Katie and  Alisha gave it their all in centre mid and left wing with Alisha finally being rewarded  – her goal came seconds before the ref blew up for the end of full-time. 
Extra-time ensued – Ballinrobe went 2-1 up and the girls had to pull on all their reserves to keep going and try to get back into the game. Ava H and Lily R tried for every ball, and Ava always looked a danger in front of goal. 
PCH’s hard work paid off with Alisha scoring her second goal of the match bringing it once again to a draw. The lottery that is penalties loomed until Ava H buried the ball in the back of the net bringing the final score to 3-2.
This was a tough battle, hard lessons were learned but ultimately the girls never gave up and their efforts paid off. 
Thanks to or TYs – Gusi, Louise, Grace and Seàn – for their help and motivational talks! 
Hard luck to Ballinrobe who were certainly a team to be reckoned with .
Connacht final V Oranmore – date yet to be decided.
Thank you to Ms Hopkins & Ms Carey along with the TY mentors for all their work.