Girls on cup winning team

SOC­CER ACADEMY GIRLS LIFT DUBLIN DISTRICT CUP WITH STELLA MARIS

Bray People - - Sport -

THERE WAS great suc­cess for the young soc­cer stars of County Wick­low re­cently.

Five young ladies from the Wick­low Ladies Soc­cer Academy were all part of the Stella Maris U-16 Dublin District Ladies Cup winning team.

This com­pe­ti­tion is open to all teams in Le­in­ster and in the fi­nal the girls de­feated Kells from County Meath 3-1.

Sarah Mi­ley, Deirdre Mul­li­gan, Vanessa Kee­ley, Ce­lena O’Toole and Ni­amh Kear­ney all fea­tured on the winning team on a proud day for Wick­low.

Girls can only play in the Wick­low School­boy/Girls league up to the age of 13 and af­ter that must go else­where to pur­sue their pas­sion.

To ad­dress this sit­u­a­tion, the Wick­low Ladies Academy was set up by Tony Poutch a few years back and it at­tracts great young stars ev­ery Mon­day night be­tween 8-9.15 pm to Finn Park in Kil­coole.

The academy is af­fil­i­ated to the FAI and is run by Tony, the pop­u­lar and well known Hughie Nolan and the “Sil­ver Fox” Dave McGuirk All are qual­i­fied coaches.

Due to Tony’s long as­so­ci­a­tion with Stella Maris, that fa­mous club from Rich­mond Road who have pro­duced many In­ter­na­tion­als over the years at both boys and girls ju­nior lev­els.

A lot of the girls are rec­comended by Tony and Stella are only to happy to sign the girls know­ing Tony’s rep­u­ta­tion for pro­duc­ing top stars. Aine O’Gor­man, Su­san Hack­ett, Stephanie Roache and Emily Han­ney have all repersented Ire­land at In­ter­na­tional level and came through the academy over the years high­light­ing the amount of qual­ity the county has at ju­nior girls level.

Also, just to show that the fu­ture is bright, Stella Maris also won the U-14 cup fi­nal on the same day, again fea­tur­ing five girls from the ladies academy. Maebdh Deeney, Laura O’Neill, Carissa O’Toole, Ais­ling Hay­den and Emily Jen­nings all starred in the 9-0 victory over Cam­bridge Girls.

That makes it a to­tal of ten young Wick­low ladies com­ing home from Peamount on Sun­day with a Le­in­ster medal in their pocket. Keep up the good work Tony, Hughie and Dave.

Deirdre Mul­li­gan (Kil­macanogue), Sarah Mi­ley (Laragh), Ni­amh Kear­ney (Grey­stones), Ce­lena O’Toole (New­cas­tle) and Vanessa Kee­ley (Bal­li­nas­toe) who were mem­bers of the Stella Maris U-16 team who won the Ladies Cup. In the back­ground Wick­low Ladies Academy Coaches, Tony Poutch and Hugie Nolan.

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