Tinahely secure crown after thriller with St Nicholas
TINAHELY 2-12 ST NICHOLAS 3-6
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.