GALLENT GALLEN GIRLS IN ALL IRELAND SCHOOLS JUNIOR LADIES TITLE
GALLEN CS 3-5 SCOIL MHUIRE CARRICK ON SUIR TIPPERARY 6-16
Gallen CS displayed great reserves of talent , courage and tenacity but it was not enough to wrest the crown from a well-balanced and well drilled Scoil Mhuire Carrick on Suir team in this All Ireland Final played in a well-appointed venue in Crettyard Co Laois last Saturday. Scoil Mhuire were too strong in certain key positions particularly down the centre . From Geraldine Power at centre back to Emma Murray[1-1] and Kelly Ann Doyle [2 2] at midfield., Katie Murray and the excellent Aoife Murray[ scorer of 3-11] and a deserving player of the match at full forward, Scoil Mhuire just had too many match winners in key areas and try as they might Gallen just couldn’t match them in all sectors.At the outset it must be said that these Gallen CS girls gave their all. They are great ambassadors for their school. They brought the first ever Ladies Leinster title to the school this year and to be runners up in an All-Ireland final to a team of the calibre of Scoil Mhuire [ who would surely hold their own at a higher grade] is nothing to be ashamed of. The players and management team of KP Egan , Elaine Hough , Derval Scully and Tom Fitzmaurice have a wonderful team spirit , an excellent hard working ethos and players and management alike should stick together and make a Leinster Senior title and whatever lies beyond that a real target over the next few years.
Aoife Murray, setting the tone for what was to come gave the Scoil Mhuire girls the lead with a point on 3 minutes. Roisin Egan equalised with an excellent long range point before Aoife Murray pointed again. Gallen got a great boost when Ellie Mc Evoy goaled with a low left foot shot giving Gallen a 1-1 to 0-2 lead after 9 minutes.Keely Corbett Barry pointed for Scoil Mhuire before Aoife Murray stamped her authority on proceedings , scoring 1-2 between the 10th and 16th minutes. Ellie mc Evoy replied with a point , Gallen 1-2 Scoil Mhuire 1-5 after 16 minutes. Scoil Mhuire hit another purple patch scoring 1-3 between the 17th and 23rd minutes. Kelly Anne Doyle got the goal and Aoife Murray got 3 points. Gallen trailed 2-8 to 1-2 after 24 minutes.Gallen showing great heart and courage dominated the rest of the half outscoring Scoil Mhuire by 2-2 to 0-1. Aoife Corbett pointed two frees and two goals by Ellie mc Evoy, the first in the 28th minute when she picked up the rebound and shot low to the net after the keeper dropped the ball and the second right on half time when she got on the end of a long range free from Roisin Egan to punch the ball to the net. This was a great boost to Gallen CS and they had reduced a 9 point deficit to two by half time , the score being Gallen CS 3-4 Scoil Mhuire 2-9.Ellie mc Evoy having scored 3-1 and Aoife Murray 1-6 in the dual of the full forwards.
2ND HALF – When Roisin Egan pointed 4 minutes into the second half to leave one point in it , Gallen CS 3-5 Scoil Mhuire 2-9, it seemed we were set for a gripping battle. Sadly this proved to be Gallen’s last score and try as they might they couldn’t stop the Scoil Mhuire machine clicking into gear. Aoife Murray goaled in the 8th minute with a shot into the top corner and they added 1-7 without reply between the 9th and 24th minute to lead 4-16 to 3-5 with Aoife Murray scoring 1-5 of this from play and frees. Murray had now scored 3-11 [3-7 from play] in a display that everyone present no matter what team they were supporting , was privileged to witness. Gallen kept bravely trying but Scoil Mhuire capped their display with a goal each from Kelly Ann Doyle in the 27th minute and Emma Murray in injury time leaving the final score Scoil Mhuire Carrick on Suir 6-16 Gallen CS 3-5. Gallen CS can be rightly proud as can the Naomh Ciaran club. Naomh Ciaran were All Ireland Champions at Feile 2011 [ Division 2] and Feile 2012[ Division 1] and County Champions at u14 in 2011 and 2012, u16 in 2012 and 2013 and Minor in 2013 as well as a Leinster Junior Schools title for Gallen CS , show that the future is bright for these talented young sportswomen. SCORERS:
SCOIL MHUIRE CARRICK ON SUIR – Aoife Murray 3-11 [0-4 frees] , Kelly Anne Doyle 2-2, Emma Murray 1-1, Keely Corbett Barry 0-2, Katie Murray 0-1. GALLEN CS – Ellie Mc Evoy 3-1, Roisin Egan 0-2, Aoife Corbett 0-2[ 2frees]
GALLEN CS PANAL :Ava Flynn , Amanda Keena , Emma Maher, Avril Spain, Tara Egan , Roisin Egan, Grainne Kenny , Eimear Flynn , Anna Grehan, Rachel Seery, Aoife Corbett, Sinead Egan, Kaithlin Rigney, Ellie mc Evoy [c] Ffion Boland.SUBS USED – Ciara Flynn for T Egan, T Egan for G Kenny , Roisin Cockram and Andrea Arnold. OTHER PANEL MEMBERS – Luz Corrigan , Aimee Kelly, Tara Dunican, Sarah Murphy, Aoife Coughlan , Lucy Egan and Eimear Carroll.