FRESH from the heroics of their U-14 counterparts at the Féile in Cork, the U-12 girls of Ferbane/Doon/Shannonbridge proved that they weren’t to be outdone, when they wrapped up the county title by a point after a thrilling finish against Tullamore.
Having led by four points at half time, 1-3 to 0-2, the stage seemed set for Ferbane/DSB to win this game comfortably as they led by 3-5 to 0-7 entering the closing stages of this match.
Sinéad Egan had struck for two goals with Stacey Egan raising the other green flag, but the crowd in attendance were reduced to biting their nails over the closing minutes as two goals in the last five minutes pulled Tullamore right back into the game.
Ferbane/DSB hung on to record a narrow 3-6 to 2-8 victory with many of the stars of the Féile success celebrating their second big title in as many weekends, while the girls of Tullamore endured heartbreak, though they too could be very proud after playing their parti n a wonderful sporting occasion.
On Saturday, July 9 in Tullamore, first to take the field were the teams from Rhode and Clara. A great game of football from these two teams and the future of Offaly Ladies Football. Congratulations to Clara who came out the winners on a scoreline of 2-8 to 3-1.
Clara: Kelly O’ Brien; Ciara Johnston, Alannah Clarke, Anna Stewart; Aoife Digan, Sarah Scanlon, Emma Kate Devine; Clodagh McKeon (2-2), Niamh Gorry, Captain (0-1); Sorcha Handy, Clodagh Sheridan (0-1), Cloe Sheridan (0-1); Courtney Toughey. Olein Fleming. Abby Cushen (0-1) Subs: Ailbhe Shendan (0-1). Shannon Wynne. Hannah Simpson. Eille Fitzpatrick (0-1). Fia Quinn. Kate Fitzpatrick. Alice Dupuits. Geraldine Keegan. Laura Manamy. Chelsea Touhey. Ciara Monaghan. Kelley Heffernan. Team Management: Adrienne Wynne, Martin McKeon, Ron Mandy and Shane Wynne.
Rhode: Amy Murphy; Hollie Ryan, Roisin Briody Captain Anna Moore; Sarah Glennon. Claudia McCormack. Alisha Murphy Vice Captain; Corina Farrell, Caoimhe Claffey, Hazel Harte, Laura Garry (2-1), Kayleigh Hennesy; Jade Quirke. Abbie Stafford. Sarah Jones. Subs: Mary Scully, Nicola Garry, Eimear Ownes, Orla Cocoman, Orla McNamee, Eimear Quinn, Ciara Bradock, Niamh Quinn, Emma Cullity, Chloe Kilmurray, Mary Davitt, Vicky Groome. Team Management; Ger Kilmurray, Martina Russell and Denise Murphy. Referee; Paul Jordan.
The second game in Tullamore was a well contested game between St Rynagh’s and Shamrocks in the U-12 A shield Final. With nothing between these two young teams it was score for score and could not be separated at half time with the score 1-1 apiece.
St Rynaghs took the lead with two well taken points from Captain Faye Conroy and goal scorer Aine Daly and held Shamrock’s off for most of the second half, but with just minutes to go Shamrock’s half back and dander woman for St Rynagh’s, Niamh Glackin bombarded the Rynagh’s net and scored the all vital goal that they needed to over come St Rynagh’s.
This left the bare minimum between the teams and as St Rynagh’s fought back it wasn’t to be their day and Shamrock’s were victorious and came out winners on a scoreline of 2-1 to 1-3.
Shamrocks: Niamh Flanaghan; Becky Bryant. Cliodhna Monohan Captain, Ciara Coughlan; Aisling O’ Donoghue, Niamh Glackin (2-0). Ellen Buckley; Abbie Dunne. Rachael O’ Brien; Ailyse Gibbons (0-1). Ellen McLoughlin. Sinead Kearney. Ava Beatty, Danielle Flaherty Vice Captain. Lauren Gibbons. Subs: Anita Watkins, Emma Flaherty, Chloe Fitzpatrick. Stephanie Coughlan, Aoife Leonard, Ciara Meacle, Jane Whittaker. Abbie Plunkett. Becky Fleming, Lauren Dolan. Ellen Bracken for Ailyse Gibbons. Management Team: Lisa Flaherty, Mary Coughlan and Bernie Walshe.
St Rynagh’s: Elle Hickey. Niamh Kelly, Brenda Wynne, Ciara O’ Connell. Roisin Daly, Olwyn Kenny, Aine Maloney, Karla Corcoran. Louise Mannion, Dearbhla Kelly, Faye Conroy (0-1). Aine Daly(1-2). Michelle Rice, Michaela Keenaghan, Sarah Daly. Subs: Amy Byrne, Helen Healy. Rachael Slevin. Megan Larkin. Irla Butler. Niamh Healy, Rebecca Flynn, Sarah Byrne and Aine Doorley. Team Management: Mary Kelly, Chloe O’ Brien and Patrick Kelly.