Under 16 County Final
St Annes 2-10
The Shelmalier girls retained their Under 16 title following a thrilling victory over St Annes in Taghmon on Sunday last. This was a titanic battle from start to finish. Shels got off to a flying start with a point from Áine Lacey and a goal from Ellie Carley in the opening minutes quickly followed by a Siobhan Cloake point. St Annes settled with points from Lorraine Breen and Niamh Crosbie before Fiona Bennett tied up the scores with a well taken goal. Points were exchanged between Siobhan Claoke and Jean Devoy with Lorriane Breen and Niamh Crosbie. Shelmaliers were reduced to 14 players when full forward Ellie Carley recieved a yellow card and 10 minuites in the sin Bin. The team worked very hard during this time and was rewarded when Aine Lacey struck for a goal after 24 mins to give the Shels girls a 2-5 to 1-5 lead at the interval.
On the resumption Clara Donnelly exchanged a brace of points with Niamh Crosbie and Nicola Cullen Ellie Carley returned to the play and tagged on 1-1 in the space of two minutes to open up a 3-8 to 1-7 lead after 39 mins. The Shels girls weren’t to score again for a further 14 mins and withstood strong pressure from the Annes girls during which they notched up 1-2 with Bennett scoring 1-1 and Crosbie a point to leave two points between the sides (3-8 to 2-9) with 7 minutes remaining.
Shels finished strongly when Rachel O’Brien raised the siege with a good goal quickly followed by a point from Devoy, before Carley secured victory with 1-1 to which Nicola Crosbie replied with a St Annes point to leave the final score 5-10 to 2-10 in favour of the Shels girls.
Both teams, their mentors and club officials are to be complemented on a fine exhibition of Football the future can only look bright for the County with the skills and talent on display from both clubs.
Referee for the game was Niall Mc Donald.