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Kildysart Ladies U14 Bring Home The Shield

posted 1 Jul 2015, 07:26 by Patricia Donnellan   [ updated 2 Nov 2015, 08:26 ]

30/06/2015:  There was great excitement in Lissycasey this evening when Kildysart Ladies U14 brought home the U14D Shield – their first year in this competition.  Kildysart were the ultimate victors over last year's winners Crusheen, but it took a strong second half performance to see them get over the line.  Final score Kildysart 3-4, Crusheen 1-5.  The team lost out to Crusheen during the championship, so they were looking to avenge things, and avenge things – they did.

 Crusheen set the pace of the match in the first half scoring a point in the opening minute.  They then quickly followed that with a goal and by the turn of the first quarter Crusheen were winning 1-2 to no score.  Kildysart were getting chances but were unable to capitalise until twins Roisin and Katie Donnellan put back to back points on the board with 20 minutes gone.    Crusheen added to 2 more scores to lead at the break 1-4 to 0-2.

 Kildysart meant business in the second half and got the start they needed when Roisin Donnellan raised the green flag shortly after the restart to leave just 2 between them.   Crusheen then got their only point in the second half when they converted a free to extend the gap to 3 points.  The work rate of all Kildysart players at this stage helped keep the momentum with them and ensured the ball stayed in Crusheen’s half of the pitch.  Roisin Donnellan’s eye for goal paid off and her shot to the net drew the sides level with 10 minutes remaining (2-2 to 1-5) much to the delighted of the many Kildysart supporters.  Captain Katie Donnellan then put the Blues in the lead with her second point of the day.  Kildysart’s youngest player Niamh Moloney came off the bench and quickly made an impact when her shot found its way to the back of the net.  Aoife Cleary finished off the scoring for Kildysart when her effort floated between the posts.  Winning the Shield Final was the result of many months of hard graft by all 20 girls on the panel.  Training with Helen Murphy has increased their skill level and fitness and we look forward to more successes in the future.

 Team:  Zoe Nagle,  Clara O'Grady, Sarah Casey, Emma Byrne, Sinead Kelly, Aoife McMahon, Kyla Foley, Roisin Donnellan (2-1), Hannah Mikhael, Katie Donnellan-captain (0-2), Grace Sheerer, Amy Murphy, Caitlin Casey.  Subs: Niamh Moloney (1-0), Megan Cooney, Aoife Cleary (0-1), Rachel O’Sullivan, Anna Sheehan, Emily Leahy.

Many thanks to Jan Casey for the photos.