A fantastic day was had by all the Under 14 team and mentors and supporters, who participated in the Slaney festival in Piercestown today (Saturday, April 26th)
Despite the bad weather conditions of wind and rain, the team got off to a fantastic start winning over Glynn/Barntown in their first game 1-2 to 0-0. The girls showed great team work, by the backs defending well, midfield carrying the ball, and the forwards making those scores. Team line out for this game as follows: Sarah Whelan, Alison Doyle, Molly Byrne, Aoife Doyle, Hannah Hearne, Chloe Mythen, Abbie Devereux, Caitlin Carroll, Mikaela Lanigan (0-1 free), Ailis Neville (1-0), Lauren Murphy (0-1), Aoife Fielding, Ciara Banville, Becky Halligan, Catie Byrne. Subs: Aoibhe Murphy for B Halligan, Andrea Fielding for C Banville, Nicole Harding-Kenny for Aoife Doyle, also Aine Fitzgerald inj and Sarah Harding-Kenny inj.
We had a short half hour break in the dressing rooms. Then the girls met Oylegate/Glenbrien in the second game, the girls did fantastic work in this game, despite the heavens opening and all getting soaked. Well done to Becky when she came on as a sub scoring her first goal at Under 14 level leaving the final score 3-1 to 0-2. Team line out as follows: Abbie Devereux, Alison Doyle, Molly Byrne, Aoife Doyle, Hannah Hearne, Chloe Mythen, Sarah Whelan, Mikaela Lanigan, Caitlin Carroll (1-0), Ailis Neville, Lauren Murphy (1-1), Caitriona Kinsella, Andrea Fielding, Aoife Fielding, Ciara Banville. Subs: Aoibhe Murphy, Catie Byrne, Becky Halligan (1-0) for Andrea Fielding, Nicole Harding-Kenny, also our two injured Aine Fitzgerald and Sarah Harding-Kenny.
The girls enjoyed a well earned break in the dressing rooms, before taking on Oulart-The Ballagh, in their third and final game. Line out: Ciara Banville, Alison Doyle, Molly Byrne, Abbie Devereux, Hannah Hearne, Chloe Mythen, Sarah Whelan, Caitlin Carroll, Mikaela Lanigan, Ailis Neville (0-2), Lauren Murphy (1-0), Aoife Fielding (0-1), Aoibhe Murphy (1-0), Becky Halligan, Caitriona Kinsella. Subs: Andrea Fielding, Catie Byrne, Aoife Doyle, Nicole Harding-Kenny, also Aine Fitzgerald and Sarah Harding-Kenny.
The rain cleared out for awhile and the sun came out, while our girls showed fantastic determination and skill, with great scores going in the first half the pressure was on Oulart-The Ballagh backs, with a halftime score of 2-3 to 0-0. Oulart/The Ballagh were determined to change this in the second half with pressure on our backs, but they defended very well, with great clearances, leaving Oulart/The Ballagh scoring 2-2, loosing out by 1 point. Our girls were on a high, as at this stage they knew they had reached the final, making the mentors and their supporters very proud.
After playing three very tough matches since 11 am, our girls could have done with a good rest, but all they got was 20 minutes, as St Martin’s had only played two matches during the day, they were eager to commence the final.
A strong St Martin’s side proved too good for our tired girls, winning 3-8 to 0-0, despite the score our girls played their very best, they held their heads up high. The line was: Sarah Harding-Kenny, Alison Doyle, Molly Byrne, Abbie Devereux, Hannah Hearne (in goal at half time), Chloe Mythen, Sarah Whelan, Caitlin Carroll, Mikaela Lanigan, Ailis Neville, Lauren Murphy, Aoife Fielding, Aoibhe Murphy, Becky Halligan, Ciara Banville. Subs: Andrea Fielding for C Banville, Caitriona Kinsella for A Murphy, Catie Byrne, Aoife Doyle for C Mythen, Nicole Harding-Kenny, also Aine Fitzgerald inj.
After the final whistle blew, our girls held their heads up high, and shook hands, and the Cup was presented to the St Martin’s captain by Co Chairperson, Angela Gahan.
Our mentors and supporters and Club are very proud of our girls acheiving so much today, finished second overall, as there a big changes in the Feile format this year, we are one of the four teams to represent the County in a Nationwide Blitz day held in Portlaoise later in the year.
Thank you to team manager Mick Lanigan, and selectors Mag Murphy and Emma Carroll for their time and dedication over the day.
Refreshments were enjoyed by all in the Hotel Curracloe afterwards, and as they say ‘hunger is good sauce’ – not a scrap was left!!