Outstanding Offaly school advances to second National Cup Final in two years

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Outstanding Offaly school advances to second National Cup Final in two years

Outstanding Offaly school advances to second National Cup Final in two years

FAI Schools Junior ‘B’ Girls National Cup Semi Final

Killina Presentation SS, Tullamore 3; St Peter’s CS, Passage West 0 

Killina advanced to their second National Cup Final in two years after they recorded a very impressive 3-0 win over Munster Champions St Peters Passage West from Cork.

This win qualified the girls for the FAI Schools Junior ‘B’ Girls National Cup Final, their second National final in two years having won the U-15 title last year.

Played on the 3G pitch at Cahir Park in Tipperary, the opening exchanges were very tight especially around a congested midfield area.

However due to excellent defensive work from Ava Dolan and Emma Hand, the Killina girls gradually made their way into the match, creating some good chances which the excellent Passage West keeper was able to keep out.

With the sides deadlocked approaching halftime, a moment of brilliance from Megan Daly and Becky Watkins setup Sarah Doyle who brilliantly finished the ball to the Passage West net.

As expected the Cork girls started the second half in blistering fashion and were very unlucky not to be level after 20 minutes. However an excellent counter attacking move resulted in the ball falling to Becky Watkins who calmly slotted the ball past the goalkeeper to put Killina 2-0 up. With five minutes to go centre back Emma Flaherty made a move up the field and played a defence cutting pass to Ava Dolan, who in turn fed Megan Daly to finish to the net.

The final whistle was greeted with great excitement by the Killina team and especially the parents who made the long journey to cheer on the girls. To reach a second National final in two years is a remarkable achievement for this talented group of athletes.

The final is fixed for Wednesday February 27 where the Offaly team will take on St. Clare’s Comprehensive School, Manorhamilton, Leitrim. The game is due to kick-off at 1pm with the venue yet to be confirmed.

KILLINA: Ciara Glackin, Kaithlynn Spain, Ciara Heffernan, Emma Flaherty, Rachel Dillon, Emma Dolan, Ava Dolan, Emma Hand, Becky Watkins, Saroah Doyle, Megan Daly, Louise Molloy, Eivile Jankunaite, Lauren Dolan, Ciara Wyer, Sophie Davern, Aimee Brennan, Amy Kelly, Libby English, Saraid McDonald, Hannah McDonald, Katelyn Murphy, Ava O Brien, Marie Cantwell, Hannah Deavy.