St. Ni­cholas too strong for St. Pa­trick’s

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GIRLS U-12 ‘B’ FOOT­BALL FI­NAL St Ni­cholas 5-10, St. Pa­trick’s 0-1: St Ni­cholas girls claimed victory in the U-12 B Cham­pi­onship on Satur­day last against St. Pa­trick’s in Round­wood.

How­ever, the score line scarcely did jus­tice to a fight­ing per­for­mance from a spir­ited St Pa­trick’s side. In­deed the skill level on show through­out the match was a credit to both sets of men­tors and was re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated by spec­ta­tors from both sides.

Af­ter beat­ing St Pat’s a fort­night be­fore by a point, this re­match for the county ti­tle was ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated.

The St Ni­cholas girls got off to a great start when Chloe Dwyer found the net af­ter 5 mins to clock up the first score of the game for her side. Laura Mi­ley (cen­tre half back) won most of the pos­ses­sion, with pre­cise dis­tri­bu­tion of the ball into her for­wards, keep­ing pres­sure off her full back line.

St Pat’s fought hard in try­ing to deny Nick’s from scor­ing but to no avail when Chloe Dwyer claim yet an­other goal af­ter re­ceiv­ing a di­rect pass from Aoife Byrne in the 15th min and fol­lowed it with a point.

St. Nick’s then came un­der pres­sure when St Pat’s car­ried the ball with swift­ness and ac­cu­racy through the field of play sev­eral times where Aoife Grace, Ni­amh Doyle and Han­nah Fig­gis were wait­ing to close in on them and stop them in their tracks which they did with aplomb.

St Ni­cholas coaches found them­selves hav­ing to make changes due to an in­jury sus­tained by their mid­field­ers, Imo­gen English, who had been hav­ing an out­stand­ing game. This saw the in­tro­duc­tion of Lynda Jones into the cor­ner back po­si­tion and Keadi Adams tak­ing up cen­tre field along side Aoife Sin­nott.

Jade Man­ley and Aoife Sin­nott with the aid of Keadi Adams cov­ered great ground through­out the en­tire game, winning most of the break­ing balls in the cen­tre of the field. Th­ese were quickly de­liv­ered to the await­ing arms of Lisa Lawlor and Aoife Byrne who set up score af­ter score for Chloe Dwyer whom ham­mered home a third goal be­fore the end of the first half. Lisa Lawlor wasn’t con­tent with that and added a point her­self from an acute an­gle to bring the score line to 3-2 to 0-0 at the blow of the whis­tle.

The sec­ond half saw Re­becca O’Neill com­ing into form and scored 1-4 to her tally, with Wendy Daynes adding 1-1 to her own in­di­vid­ual record. Once again Aoife Byrne work con­tin­u­ously at gain­ing pos­ses­sion, and team­ing up with Lisa Lawlor to notch up 2 more points on the score­board. St Pat’s never gave up and bat­tled bravely on in try­ing to get passed Ciara Brooks in goals for Nicks.

But Ciara never feared as Mary Healy ( full back) de­nied St Pat’s in pass­ing through her with a solid per­for­mance on the day.

Subs brought on were Ali­cia Howard into full for­ward po­si­tion, and Ruby Doyle took up cor­ner back, which se­cured the win for St Ni­cholas.

Re­becca O’Neill ac­cepted the tro­phy on be­half of her team-mates, and thanked her coaches Vanessa Har­ney and Brian Fig­gis for all their hard work through­out the year. She also thanked the par­ents and sup­port­ers who were there for her team, and Michelle Brown (ref­eree) for a fair game. She then went on to thank St Pat’s for a great game and hoped it wouldn’t be too long be­fore they would meet again.

The cel­e­bra­tions went on for the rest of the evening and the tro­phy re­turned to the St. Nick’s club for the first time.

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