Ladies Under 12 Championship Final
Glencar Manor 3.12 St Josephs 0.08
Glencar Manor ended St Josephs hopes of winning the under 12 championship three years in a row as they pulled away in the second half for an emphatic victory on Wednesday evening last in Ballinaglera. Following Manor?s first ever under age title in the Under 16 championship last year, this title confirms impressive work being undertaken by the North Leitrim club. Apart from the result of the game, the footballing ability and skill level on display from both teams was of the highest quality and made for a great evening?s entertainment for the large crowd of spectators.
The game was barely a minute old when Ailbhe Clancy hit a sweet point for Manor from the outside of her boot. Emma O?Hagan followed up a minute later with another point before St Josephs first attack from Niamh McKiernan but her shot was saved by Sarah Keaney. Five minutes later Clancy scored the first of her three goals after a short free was well worked with Emma O?Hagan and she placed it well out of the keepers reach with a fine finish. St Josephs began to settle into the game and the impressive McKiernan fired over a good point to open their account. Anita Connefry reacted well as Clancy moved forward again for Manor and with the resulting clearance McKiernan hit another fine point for St Josephs followed by a free to leave just two points between the teams. Clancy found space again for Manor ant hit another point and was unlucky two minutes later with a snap shot that went narrowly wide. In the remaining ten minutes St Josephs again dominated with two points from McKiernan, followed by a great effort from Orla Williams to level the game. Connefry made a great catch just over the bar from an Elaine Connolly effort to prevent a point. A brilliant pass from Clancy split the St Joseph?s defence and Siadbh Clancy pointed comfortably to give Manor the lead. St Josephs replied with another great point from play before player of the match Clancy took the score of the game with a brilliantly measured goal to give the North Leitrim team a three point lead at the break.
Manor started the second half as they finished the first with a long range effort from midfielder Elaine Connolly. Sub Niamh Feehily got in on the act when she increased the Manor lead but McKiernan responded immediately for St Josephs. Following a period of great defending by both teams Manor were next to score with another O?Hagan point. Clancy then stepped up to take a difficult free from the right but picked her spot in the top left hand corner for her hat trick and from then on the result of the game was never in doubt. O Hagan pointed a 20m free but St Josephs continued to work hard to reduce the arrears and were unlucky with two wides. Elaine Connolly scored her second point from a free that was deflected over by no 1 in the St Josephs goals. Three unanswered points from Connolly, Niamh Phelan and Connolly again from a free ensured a first Under 12 championship title for Glencar Manor and a proud moment for captain Aoife Keaney who accepted the cup from ChairpersonÓgeraldine Creamer.
Glencar Manor: Sarah Keaney, Aoife Keaney, Chloe Gilligan, Lauren McManus, Claire O?Brien, Rachel Kerrigan, Elaine Connolly (0-3), Siadbh Clancy (0-1), Emma O?Hagan (0-3), Ailbhe Clancy (3-02), Shauna Ferguson Subs: Emer Feehily, Niamh Feehily (0-2), Charlene McGovern, Edel McLoughlin, Rionach Nealon, Michelle Ferguson, Roisin Rooney, Roisin McLoughlin, Dervla Ferguson, Emma Coyle, Nicola Clancy, Aine Loughlin.
St Josephs: Anita Connefry, Lucy Ann McDermott, Jessica Bohan, Kelly O?Rourke, Elisha McGovern, Ciara Macgure, Grainne Omalley, Niamh McKiernan (0-7), Lorraine Mcaguire, Orla Williams, Niamh O?Malley (0-1)) Subs: Clare Lynch, Aoife Lockhart, Rebecca Tiernay, Laura Sweeney, Blaithin Donahue, Michelle Dolan, Nianh Masterson, Deirdre Rawle.
04-Aug-06 by Patricia Bohan – Ladies PRO