Yel­low Furze and Realt na Mara re­tain their crowns

Drogheda Independent - - SPORT -

REALT na Mara Donacar­ney have re­tained their SPAR FAI Pri­mary 5s Meath girls ti­tle de­spite a ner­vous 2-2 draw in their open­ing game against Dun­boyne.

Brianna Martin’s su­perb skills in­spired Re­becca Kir­wan’s charges to a sub­se­quent 3-1 win against a re­silient St Stephen’s from John­stown, and so it all came down to the last game against lo­cal ri­vals Lay­town where an­other Realt na Mara vic­tory would guar­an­tee the sil­ver­ware.

The safe hands of Leah San­ders and solid de­fend­ing from Ab­bie Sher­lock and Grace Toolan en­sured the Donacar­ney school kept their goal in­tact, but the game was head­ing for stale­mate un­til Eimear Bren­nan and Brianna Martin com­bined to force the lead goal.

Bren­nan soon fol­lowed up with a sec­ond, af­ter which Maci Hayes and Kaci Lynch used their ex­pe­ri­ence to con­trol the game and en­sure that Donacar­ney won a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive county ti­tle.

Mean­while, in the other sec­tion Yel­low Furze also man­aged to re­tain their county ti­tle but only by the tight­est of mar­gins as they pipped their lo­cal ri­vals Skryne in a pul­sat­ing fi­nal.

Watch­ing Ire­land U-16 man­ager Sharon Boyle was im­pressed by the high stan­dard of the two school teams.

Over the years Yel­low Furze man­ager Liz Halpenny has pre­vi­ously guided her school to suc­cess at county and pro­vin­cial level, and al­though Gaelscoil Eanna proved to be de­ter­mined and tough op­po­si­tion the Beau­parc girls even­tu­ally se­cured vic­tory on a 3-0 score­line.

Next came their neigh­bours Kentstown who put in a spir­ited per­for­mance de­spite go­ing down 7-0.

The de­cider against Skryne was a rip-roar­ing af­fair be­tween two very evenly matched sides.

Im­pres­sive for Furze in goals was Robyn Mur­ray, while in front of her stood her twin sis­ter Char­lie, who was solid in de­fence and equally threat­en­ing go­ing for­ward.

Dom­i­nat­ing the mid­field ex­changes was cap­tain Tara Traynor and up front Ni­cola Mongey, Ella Sheri­dan, So­phie Sharp, Holly Knowles and Robyn Doyle were hard-work­ing and clin­i­cal in their fin­ish­ing.

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