Under-14 Girls 'B' Championship Final

posted 23 Sep 2018, 10:36 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 23 Sep 2018, 14:06 ]
Garrycastle 9-06, Ballycomoyle 3-02 

Garrycastle under 14 girls defeated Ballcomoyle on Saturday in Pairc Chiarain to win the B division county championship.  A nervous looking Garrycastle got off to the worst possible start with Ballycomoyle scoring a well worked goal in the first minute, and they remained under pressure for the next few minutes but with Arlene Devery to the fore, the defence stood firm.  

Gradually, with the midfield duo of Tegan Foley and Erika Lowe getting on top of their opponents Garrycastle started to get their fluid style  of play going and points from Elaine McGovern (2) and her sister Amy, pulled them level.  A huge turning point in the match then came when a good team move ended with a pass from Roisin Murphy to Ciara Finn who struck a wonderful goal and from there Garrycastle never looked back.  Aoife Galvin added a great point immediately after and with the Ballycomoyle kick out now under huge pressure further goals came in quick succession from Erika Lowe, Elaine McGovern, and Ciara Finn who also added a point from a free.   Ballycomoyle did manage to pull a goal back just before the break but Garrycastle went in at half time with a well deserved 4-05 to 2-00 lead.  

The start of the second half saw Ballycomoyle pour on some early pressure and they scored a goal and a point to narrow the gap.  However, this only caused the Garrycastle girls to increase their intensity and they continued to pour forward in search of further scores. Elaine McGovern scored three more goals and a point to finish with a remarkable personal total of 4-3 while Aoife Galvin scored two goals of her own, all scores coming from excellent team play.  The back line led brilliantly by captain Roisin McNamara and centre half back Sarah Carter continued to defend zealously driving the ball back to the Ballycomoyle half of the pitch time after time and they allowed only one more point, from a long range free, before the end. The final whistle blew with a full time score of Garrycastle 9-06 to Ballycomoyle 3-02.  

This win was the culmination of a great season for the girls and a fitting reward for the effort all of the squad put in at countless training sessions throughout the year.   The girls won all of their five matches in the round robin stage of the championship and were involved in a super semi-final with their neighbours Athlone but this was their best team performance of the season. 

Thanks to manager Declan Finn and mentors, Katrina Jameson, Anne Kearney, Noelle O'Donnell and Colin Clyne for all their effort through get the year. Thanks too to Paddy, Sarah, Trish, Ger and Aoife for the extra coaching they provided and also to all of the parents and guardians for their great support.  

Squad: 
Amy Duffy, Amy McGovern (0-1), Aoife Galvin (2-1), Arlene Devery, Chloe Fitzgerald, Ciara Finn (2-1), Ciara Shiels, Danielle Devery, Donnahay Molloy, Ella-May Dowling, Emma Kearney, Elaine McGovern (4-3),  Erika Lowe (1-0), Gemma Duffy, Jasmine Molloy, Jessica Frawley, Kacey Mulvihill, Meliagh McDonagh, Nessa McNamara, Orlaith Lynch, Roisin McNamara, Roisin Murphy, Sarah Carter, Shauna Jameson and Tegan Foley.