Karen Leonard presents Alex Kinahan with the U14 Cup final player of the match award
Kilcormac Killoughey 0-1
Twelve months ago, when these sides met, Kilcormac/Killoughey ran out comfortable winners over Birr on a scoreline of 2-7 to 0-3, however, Birr righted those wrongs on Sunday last, June 24, to be crowned PTELECTRIC U14 A champions on Sunday last.
Faye Mulrooney was fresh from her All-Ireland Féile skills win to get the Birr team off to a flying start by scoring the first point within the opening two minutes of the match.
A minute later and that was followed up with a Hannah Fennane goal when she rattled the net for Birr. It was all Birr in the first half with Hannah Murphy raising the white flag twice in five minutes with some lovely stickwork. Faye Mulrooney added another point to her name as the green and red wave took over St. Brendan's Park.
Birr won a 65 in the 15th minute which was taken by Hannah Murphy, but it dropped short and was batted into the net by Meg Delaney. Samara Hanlon went on to add to Birr's score line by grabbing a point in the 17th minute. Hannah Murphy scored another point in the 20th minute which finished the scoring for the first half.
At half time, Birr looked the dominant team with a score of 2-05 to 0-00. KK found it very hard to transfer the ball from defence to attack under constant pressure from the Birr forwards.
Hannah Murphy scored a free within the first minute of the game resuming and Meg Delaney continued to run riot throughout the game, securing her second goal in the 11th minute of the second half.
Birr kept the Kilcormac/Killoughey backs under plenty of pressure keeping the ball in their half of the pitch, however the ever determined double KK’s never gave up and were rewarded for their efforts when Cayla Fletcher scored a free in the 24th minute of the second half.
The full-time score read 3-6 to 0-1. Birr’s Alex Kinnahan was awarded the PT ELECTRIC U14 a player of the match award for her workrate throughout the game.
THE MATCH AT A GLANCE:
Talking point: Conditions were tough as temperatures reached 26 degrees. K/K who were seeking their fourth U14 county title.
Pitch watch: St. Brendan’s Park was in perfect condition for the finals and hosted the Offaly senior game on the previous evening.
Birr: Roisin Kinsella, Claire Kennedy, Aoibhe Kennedy, Hannah Feenane, Ruth Lyons, Denise Connors, Grace Kennedy, Faye Mulrooney, Rebecca Ryan, Samara Hanlon, Hannah Murphy, Alex Kinnahan, Makala, Maike, Hannah Riley, Meg Delaney
Kilcormac/Killoughey: Eimear Rigney, Clodagh Murphy, Sarah Doherty, Elizabeth Kilmartin, Caoimhe Rigney, Niamh Hayde, Staphaine Mahon, Keela Buckley, Sarah Fitzgerald, Katelyn Halpi, Cayla Fletcher, Emily Rose Johnson, Eimear Mageen, Caoimhe Quinn, Ellen Kavanagh
Birr: Faye Mulrooney 0-2, Hannah Fennane 1-0, Hannah Murphy 0-3, Meg Delaney 2-0, Samara Hanlon 0-1
Kilcormac Killoughey: Cayla Flectcher 0-1 (1f)
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