Ti­na­hely se­cure crown af­ter thriller with St Ni­cholas

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT -


TI­NA­HELY got their day in Carnew off to the best pos­si­ble start last Satur­day when their sec­ond team got the bet­ter of a fan­tas­tic St Ni­cholas side in a bel­ter of a county fi­nal for the U16 ‘B’ crown.

In a game that flowed from end to end it was a credit to both clubs for pro­duc­ing play­ers of the stan­dard on show in this de­cider.

St Ni­cholas re­cov­ered from trail­ing at the break to roar into a five-point lead in the sec­ond half. How­ever, a strong Ti­na­hely side re­cov­ered and dragged them­selves back to par­ity at full-time.

On went both sides into ex­tra-time and de­spite miss­ing a penalty just be­fore the end of the first half of ex­tra-time Ti­na­hely would have enough to see them lift the cup and se­cure one half of a po­ten­tial dou­ble on the day.

Ti­na­hely man­ager Eu­gene O’Neill gave us his thoughts on the game and paid trib­ute to a won­der­ful group of foot­ballers.

‘Both teams started fairly strong. There was noth­ing in it the whole way through. Ti­na­hely were up by a few points at half-time. They came back and Ti­na­hely went five points down. We gave away a penalty and went five points down and fought back and brought it back to a drawn game,’ he said.

‘Then we re­grouped, went out, and at the end of the first half of ex­tra-time, Ti­na­hely were a point up and we felt con­fi­dent at that stage be­cause we had come back from five points down and we had went a point up and they seemed to be com­fort­able and they were get­ting into it and thank­fully they went out that lit­tle bit more re­laxed, got a cou­ple of scores, missed a penalty in the ex­tra-time, but the heads didn’t drop, it was right at the break, so they re­grouped very, very quickly.

‘The girls are very strong, they’re our sec­ond team, they’re a team that will be around for a very long time. They showed great de­ter­mi­na­tion,’ he added.

St Ni­cholas had very strong per­form­ers in Katie Cor­ri­gan who fin­ishes with 1-1 to her credit, Delores Healy who nothced three fine points while Chloe Fa­dian also im­pressed. TI­NA­HELY: Me­gan Whe­lan; Said­hbh Byrne, Roisin Byrne, Anna Tal­lon; Laura Doyle, Han­nah Doyle, Aoibhe Lan­caster; Siob­han Mul­hall, Aobha Har­mon; Livia McDon­nagh, Shauna O’Shea, An­naleigh O’Neill; Tara O’Ke­effe, Faye Doyle, Aoife Cam­bell. Subs: Eimear Bres­lin, Chole Sheedy, Grace Mul­hall.

ST NI­CHOLAS: Holly Wright; Ni­amh Darker, Ab­bie Cleary, So­phie Dunne; Sinead Flood, Or­lagh Wa­ters, Ellen Bier­ney; Clodagh Kelly, Delores Healy; Katie Cor­ri­gan, Gemma Carthy, Caoimhe Flood; Aoife Cor­ri­gan, Chloe Fa­dian, Jen McDon­ald. Subs: El­lie McGrane, Cara Wright, Chloe McGraine, Emily Cor­ri­gan, Eric Flynn.

Do­minic Leech presents the ‘B’ cham­pi­onship cup to Ti­na­hely.

Ti­na­hely joint cap­tains Siob­han Mul­hall and Anna Tal­lon.

Martina, Me­gan and David Whe­lan af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.