AGB girls re­tain U-14 crown

Bray People - - Sport -

THE ARK­LOW Geraldines Bal­ly­money U-14 ladies team added the Wick­low county ti­tle to their im­pres­sive list of at­tain­ments this year when, last Satur­day, they over­came a game Balt­in­glass side, on a score of 11-11 to 0-5.

As the score sug­gests the AGB team was much stronger than the young Balt­in­glass play­ers.

How­ever, the Balt­in­glass girls can take heart as this Ark­low side is an ex­cep­tional team and have sim­i­larly brushed aside op­po­si­tion from all over Ire­land this year. The Balt­in­glass girls never gave up and man­aged to pin the Ark­low girls back in their own half for pe­ri­ods of the game. How­ever their good play was not re­flected on the score­board.

Balt­in­glass in­ter-county play­ers Lucy Cushe and Anna Fitz­patrick tried to the very end. In par­tic­u­lar Anna at cen­tre-back had the un­en­vi­able task of mark­ing AGB cap­tain Aife Ka­vanagh and she stuck man­fully to the task for the en­tire game.

AGB had too much fire­power for the Balt­in­glass de­fence and in par­tic­u­lar the AGB full-for­wards of Erinne Mur­phy and Kayleigh Cram­mond are al­most un­stop­pable at this level.

Mur­phy opened the scor­ing af­ter one minute with a sweetly struck point off her left foot af­ter good play from Shauna Flem­ing and Naomi Roche.

Erinne went on to score a to­tal of 4-4 in the game. Not to be out­done on the scor­ing stakes Kayleigh Cram­mond grabbed a to­tal of 5-1 in the game.

AGB while play­ing with the wind built up a lead of 7-8 to 0-1 in the first-half. In ad­di­tion the Balt­in­glass goal­keeper Me­gan Keogh made at least six out­stand­ing saves and was ar­guably the player of the match.

In the sec­ond-half Balt­in­glass pressed hard and were re­warded by points form Lucy Cushe (2) and Chloe Far­rell and Sally Bro­phy, one each.

The game was well ref­er­eed by Michelle Brown who pre­sented the cup to winning cap­tain Aife Ka­vanagh on be­half of the county board. Aife con­grat­u­lated the Balt­in­glass team on reach­ing the fi­nal and re­minded them that AGB had lost their first two fi­nals at this grade. She en­cour­aged them to keep up the good work.

As a team AGB played an ex­cel­lent brand of foot­ball that in­volves a quick trans­fer of the ball into the dan­ger area. Vivi­enne Walsh and Emma Mar­shall were out­stand­ing in the AGB de­fence.

Katie Kind­lon worked tire­lessly in mid­field and en­joyed a royal tus­sle with her op­po­nent Lucy Cushe. Aine O’Reilly had a su­perb first- half to­gether with Aife Ka­vanagh, Erinne Mur­phy and Kayleigh Cram­mond.

For Balt­in­glass Me­gan Keogh was out­stand­ing in goals, Anna Fitz­patrick and Rachel Mur­phy were solid in de­fence as were Lucy Cushe and Paula Faulkner at mid­field.

The AGB girls re­turned in tri­umph to Ark­low and en­joyed their cus­tom­ary cav­al­cade around the town. They were wel­comed by their spon­sor Ark­low Bay Ho­tel for a meal later that evening in the ho­tel.

Ark­low team: Aine O’Reilly, Shauna Dev­ereux, Calvin Swart, Me­gan Swart, Aife Ka­vanagh, Clion­adh Byrne, Emma Mar­shall, Erinne Mur­phy, Beth Mur­phy, Gemma Doyle, Ge­orgina Cana­van, Han­nah Tew, Holly O’Brien, Is­abella Geoghean, Jessie Hur­ley, Joy O’Brien, Katie Kind­lon, Kayleigh Cram­mond, Me­gan O’Brien, Michelle Forde, Naomi Roche, Sinead Arthur, Paula Ma­her, Shauna Flem­ing, Vivi­enne Walsh, Whit­ney Roche, Lauren Hay­den, Chloe Mur­phy.

AGB cap­tain Aife Ka­vanagh re­ceives the tro­phy from Michelle Brown.

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