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Kildare U13 Finals!   06/11/2017

Kildare U13 Finals

Results from Saturday Oct 28th

Div 1 Kilcullen 4.18 Maynooth 2.03

Div 2 Sarsfields 5.08 Raheens 2.05

Div 3. Two Mile House 4.08 Carbury 3.06

Div 6. Maynooth 2.02 Confey 0.07

Results from Thursday Oct 26th 

Div 5 Moorefield 2.09 Ballykelly 2.06

Div 7.  Sallins 5.08 Carbury 3.08

Results from Saturday 4th November

Div 4 Kildangan Nurney 3.04 Suncroft 1.05

Div 8 St. Laurences 2-09 Rheban 0-07

Division One: Thanks to Kilcullen for the following report:

Kilcullen U13 Girls played Maynooth in the U13 Division 1 final on Saturday the 27th of October at Hawkfield.

Maynooth opened the scoring with a point and Kilcullen duly responded with a point from Sophie Ngai and a goal by Oliva Monahan. Kilcullen took control of the game with the half back line of Hannah Breen, Molly O’Loughlin and Roisin Cahill building a strong platform and supplying quality ball into the forwards. Hannah Crowley and Ellen Coleman were in a competitive battle with the Maynooth midfielders and got on top as the half progressed.

The Kilcullen half forwards, Edwina Birchall, Sophie Ngai and Ellie Bermudez won ample ball linking with each other, with some fabulous kick passing and kicked some delightful points.  Maynooth provided a stern defence of their goal area and kept the Kilcullen girls at bay. After a competitive first half the score was Kilcullen 1--9 and Maynooth 1 – 2 with Kilcullen playing with the aid of a stiff breeze.

In the second half the game opened up a little more. Roisin Brown was very effective in the Kilcullen goal with excellent kick outs to her team mates. The Kilcullen full back line of Lucy O’Toole, Amy Bermudez and Sarah Kenny limited the scoring opportunities for the Maynooth forwards with their tigerish defending.

Kilcullen scored three goals in the second half with two by Sophie and one from Oliva. Edwina Birchall scored eight points in the game and was ably supported by Hannah Maloney, Ellie Bermudez and Misha Ginty. Emily Quigley, Zara Hurley, Siofra O’Reilly and Hannah Sheridan also contributed to the Kilcullen play when introduced to the game.

Kilcullen ran out winners on a score line of 4 – 18 to 2 – 3.

 Scorers: S. Ngai 2-9, E. Birchall 0-8, O. Monahan 2-1

Kilcullen Panel: Roisin Brown, Lucy O’Toole, Amy Bermudez, Sarah Kenny, Hannah Breen, Molly O’Loughlin, Roisin Cahill, Hannah Crowley, Ellen Coleman, Edwina Birchall, Sophie Ngai, Ellie Bermudez, Micha Ginty, Oliva Monahan, Hannah Maloney, Siofra O’Reilly, Jessie O’Gorman, Emily Quigley, Rachel Byrne, Hannah Sheridan, Caitlin Kennedy, Zara Hurley, Ava Cronin, Jessie O’Gorman and Melissa Bowens.

Division Two: Thanks to Darren Kendrick (Sarsfields) for his report from u13 div 2 league final

Sarsfields v Raheens

On what was a fine evening for a match the sizeable crowd that turned up to watch the Kildare LGFA U13 Div 2 final were treated to game of high skill from both sides. From the throw-in the girls from Raheens and Sarsfields played at a high tempo that produced 20 scores some of which were of the highest quality.

     These two sets of players had produced a fine game in an earlier league fixture, so it was no surprise that those in attendance were to witness what turned out to be a very good game.

Sarsfields got the start the must have dreamed about as within the first five minutes they opened up a lead due to scores from all three of their half forwards. In fairness to Raheens they showed great character and didn't let the early setback affect them as they continued to perform with high skill and intensity and managed to notch a couple of scores themselves. However, it was the girls in green who finished the half stronger with some well taken scores that produced a 3-6 to 1-1 halftime scoreline.

The second half continued to be a game of high skill and plenty of hard work from both teams.

A final scoreline of 5-8 to 2-5 in favour of the girls from Sarsfields lifting the cup.

There were some very fine individual performances from players on both sides, rather than single out two three or even four individuals I feel all girls involved deserve high praise as from back to front the defending, support play and score taking was of the highest quality.

Although there can be just one winner on finals day there is no doubt that Kildare LGFA are producing winners in the young ladies who play our national game.

Sarsfields Team & Scorers: Sorsha Filgate, Ellie Kendrick (2-03), Siofra Galvin (1-01), Erin Healy (0-01), Zara Beatty, Charlie Maxwell (0-01), Sorcha Bruce, Muirean O’Loughlin (Capt.), Tara Behan, Katie Donnelly, Kate Mahony, Holly Doyle, Kathy Crowley, Amy Barrett, Halle o Reilly, Freya Healy (1-00), Keeva May o Hagen (Capt. 1-02), Eimear White, Beibhann McGann, Grace Mountaine, Riona Daly, Lily Dowse.

Division Five: Moorefield V Ballykelly 26/10/2017 – Thanks to Tommy Martin from Moorefield for this piece.

From the first minute the ball was thrown in Ballykelly attacked Moorefield at pace and determination luckily For Moorefield their first two advances were knocked Back by some staunch defending from Emma Gray and Kayla Booth Nolan. The game to-and-froed until a great passage of passing between Katie Murray, Phoebe Landy and Ruth Kinsella ended in our first point scored by Ruth. This spurred Ballykelly into an even more determined frame of mind and they scored 1 goal and 2 points without reply. Some great team work by Holly McGrath and Emma Martin ended in a free being won by Emma who stuck it over the bar for our second score. This spurred Ballykelly on once again and the carried the ball down the pitch and score another point wave after wave of attack came from Ballykelly only to be stopped by a fantastic display of defending by Katie O’Keeffe and Tara shelly. our third point was scored when Emma Rooney made a nice pass to Holly o’Raw. With the last action of the first half Ballykelly scored another goal to leave the score Ballykelly 2-3 Moorefield 0-3.

The second half saw a different Moorefield team come out of the blocks we traded points with Ballykelly from Holly O’Raw and Kirsty Horgan. Then a goal from Emma Martin we started to see a glimmer of hope that the tide was changing but NO. An onslaught of attacking football from Ballykelly saw our substitutes Keira Sheehan and Kiera Finn come into their own and repel all attacks with no scores given with Kayla mc carter driving forward and passing to phoebe Landy for her to stick over a nice point from play and then another point from a free by Phoebe saw us take the impetus. Holly o’ Raw scored our equalizing point we then started to take a hold off the game with Emma Dunne and Aisling Corrigan having close misses and harrying and hassling the Ballykelly defense another great attacking move from Moorefield saw Ella O’Neill score a point to put us in front for the first time in the match. Ballykelly threw everything at us only to be stopped by a Titanic display of defending By Emma Gray from blocking shots to being knock down and getting back up she stopped them scoring from play when they did get by Emma They were faced with our fantastic goal keeper Chloe Walsh in the end Ballykelly got a free and equalled up the game. As the game neared its end and only moments to go Moorefield won a free after sustained pressure by our forwards up stepped our captain Phoebe to launch the ball into the Ballykelly net which turned out to be the last kick of the game. List of Scorers: Kirsty Horgan 0-1, Ruth Kinsella 0-1, Ella o’ Neill 0-1, Holly O’ Raw 0-3, Emma Martin 1-1, Phoebe Landy 1-2.

Division Six: Maynooth v Confey - With thanks to Aislinn Price.

Saturday 28th October U13 Div6 team took on Confey in the league final. The venue for the event was Hawkfield and kick off was 4.30pm on pitch 4.

It was a dull evening, but the rain stayed away. Both teams had a full complement, and Maynooth was captained by Emma Verbruggen McGinn. The referee for the day was Shauna Mackey.

Prior to the game the ref spoke to both captains and explained what was deemed acceptable and what was not, but ultimately that her decision was final. Confey won the toss and decided to play against the wind in the 1st half.

It took a few minutes for the nerves to settle and Confey scored first with a lovely played point. Maynooth at that point settled down and started to play, as a team.

 Maynooth put together some beautiful displays of football which resulted in a goal and our defence were superb ensuring that the mid field from Confey didn't get passed them. Maynooth began to dominate the half working the ball right the way up the pitch with each girl playing for each other. The passage of play was impressive to watch.  Maynooth came in at half, leading 2-2 to 0-2.

Half time talk was all about continuing in the same vain and continue playing as a team - holding their nerve and ensuring that we continued to concentrate.

The 2nd half saw Confey come out strong but the Maynooth girls kept their heads up shouting to each other that they could do it, and put pressure on the Confey team seeing the ball go wide on many occasions. Maynooth defence played as a unit, and prevented Confey from some near goal chances. Maynooth gave away possession too easily in the second half which resulted in Confey taking full advantage and scoring from play. Maynooth defended so well in the 2nd half however were unable to score at the other end with no points being awarded for Maynooth in the 2nd half. A superb save by the Maynooth Goalie Emily Hardimann Smyth in the dying seconds on the match saw the Confey team denied a goal which was the reason Maynooth were victorious in the match, as had that save not been saved the result would have been different.

At the final whistle Maynooth were victorious winning 2-2 to 0-7. The trophy was presented to our Captain.

It was a great game to watch for any neutral, tense for the coaches, mentors and supporters!!

Maynooth U13 Div6 team would like to thank Confey for the game and wish their girls the very best, although it was not their day on this occasion they should be extremely proud of themselves and their coaching team.

To the Maynooth U13 Div6 team, massive congratulations from the coaching team and the club it is a great achievement for each of you as individual players and as a team.

Maynooth U13 Div6 team would like to extend a massive gratitude to our coordinator for the league Mags O'Neill. All you hard work and organisation throughout the league is greatly appreciated.

Division 7: 

Venue   Ellistown Gaa

Referee Fintan Barret

Final score: Sallins 5-08, Carbury 3-07

The match was played under lights on Thursday night. Both teams started the match at a fantastic pace. The skill level on show by both teams was at a very high standard. Hand passing/blocking and tackling this game had it all. Sallins got the early lead but Carbury kept it tight by matching Sallins score by score. The first half was very tight with Sallins leading by 2 at half time. Carbury came straight out of the blocks with a goal and a point very quickly and took the lead for the first time. The Sallins girls regrouped and took control of the game from here. From the goalie all the way to the forwards the Sallins team started winning their individual battles, passing became accurate and the scores stared to come. 2 quick goals follow by 3 points pushed Sallins into a good lead. Carbury fought hard till the end but the Sallins defence took everything thrown at them. The ref had a excellent game explaining his decisions to the girls throughout the game. Final score Sallins 5-8 Carbury 3-7. Presentation was made by the Louise McGuirk and she complemented both teams on the game. Sallins team Captain on the night accepted the cup and the celebrations began. Thank you to Carbury for a great game.

Well done to all the girls and mentors. A big thanks to Ellistown Gaa facilitating the game after the weather played havoc with fixtures last weekend. Thanks also to all at Co Board.

Division 8: St. Laurences v Rheban

On a lovely morning for football the league final between St Laurences and near neighbours Rheban finally went ahead in Athy GAA. This match started off at a frantic pace with each team going on the attack after attack from the throw in. Rheban were first off the mark and it took the Larries girls a while to settle into the match. It wasn’t long before the teams both traded score for score until half time with the Larries holding the slight advantage of 0-06 to 0-04 lead going into half time.

On the resumption the Larries girls added two early points and two goals to put daylight between the teams with time running out for Rheban. Fair play to the Rheban girls they never gave up and got three points to Larries one in the last ten minutes of the game. It ended Larries 2-09 to Rheban 0.07.

Best for Rheban were Natalie Okeke in midfield and Erin Brereton and Lisa Carthy in the forwards who tried their best throughout the game. On the Larries team captain Nicole Cardiff, Nicola Whelan and player of the match Miriam Farrell in goals who didn’t put a foot wrong all day and keeping Rhebans’ shots out of the net all day. Well done Miriam!

Thanks to Rheban for such a good flowing match with some great football from each side. There were no losers in this as both teams won the hearts of everyone present with the great display of skills and team spirit on show.  Our captain Nicole Cardiff lifted the cup for St Laurences to great celebrations and a much-deserved result for this bunch of girls having won all their matches throughout this league. Well done girls, a team effort from start to finish!

Thanks to the Club PROs for submitting their reports to County PRO Donal Fitzpatrick and thanks to Donal for photos which can be viewed here, here and here