St. Nicholas too strong for St. Patrick’s
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.