Under 14 Girls Feile (Div 2) Final

posted 22 Apr 2019, 07:31 by Matthew Ryan


U14 - Garrycastle u14 girls were crowned Feile Div 2 champions on Tuesday evening in Rosemount thanks to a hard fought 2-8 to 1-2 victory over a very determined Loughnavalley side.   Loughnavalley were the first to every ball in the early stages and were unlucky not to have more than just the one point to show for their dominance.  Garrycastle responded well though with a neatly taken goal from Roisin Murphy, and Ella Dowling then won a free which she converted herself to put them ahead.  Loughnavalley worked a very good goal themselves before the sides exchanged points to leave the sides level at the break, Roisin Murphy with the Garrycastle score.  

With the breeze now behind them, Garrycastle made a great start to the second half.  Ella Dowling scored a good point followed by Meliagh McDonagh who converted a free after she was fouled when breaking through.  Ella Dowling then scored a crucial second goal with a powerful shot from a twenty metre free, and followed that up with two more points before Kacey Mulvihill got on the end of a good move to slot over.  Fittingly, Ella Dowling got the final score of the game with a lovely point from distance. Loughnavalley did everything they could to get back in the game but were denied by some brilliant defending in front of Gemma Duffy who was solid throughout.  Apart from the girls mentioned there were great performances all over the field starting with the full back line of Emma Kearney, Emma Connaughton and Kayleigh Clyne who put up a brick wall in the second half. The half back line of Orlaith Lynch, Jasmine Molloy and Amy McGovern were good throughout but excelled after the break, while the tireless Tegan Foley played a captain’s part in midfield, where she got great support from Arlene Devery, with both players seeming to cover every blade of grass. Moya McKiernan and Nessa McNamara did not get on the scoresheet themselves but made great use of space and played their part in several scores.  Grace Costello and Rihanna Lowe added extra legs off the bench in the second half and helped keep the pressure on a tiring Loughnavalley defence.  Great teamwork by all of the girls helped minimise the loss of the absent Jessica Frawley, who had played a huge part in getting her team to the final. The girls now look forward to the National Feile Peil na nOg tournament which will be played from the 28th to the 30th June.