Battling performance comes up just short

Meath Ladies U-14 Division 1 Semi-Final

Seneschalstown 2-06 St. Colmcilles 1-11

On a glorious May early morning on Sunday anybody who was present in Fr Tully Park will have witnessed an epic battle between two great rivals who gave their all with the ‘Cilles Girls emerging victorious in this Division 1 semi-final. Both teams promoted from Division 2 after the Furze Girls had beaten Colmcilles by the narrowest of margins last year showed why they have both taken Division 1 by storm and the evidence was plain to be seen that with the determination and passion on show the future is bright for Meath ladies.

The coastal girls were out of the traps the faster side with racking up the first two points from play. In an intriguing side plot Cilles and Meath sharpshooter Alannah Boland operated at full forward where she was being superbly marshalled by her Meath colleague Aoibhé Monaghan who was superb throughout with both enjoying an almighty tussle that was a joy to witness.

The Furze Girls started slowly and were struggling to get the scoreboard ticking before Caragh Monaghan, breaking a few tackles and running deep from midfield struck low to the corner of the net to drag the home side back into the tie and settle and blow away those early morning cobwebs. Orla Finnegan finished off a great move with a point to give the home side a two point lead before Colmcilles responded with another fine point. That most versatile of players, Anna Wogan operating on the half forward line popped over a lovely point to extend the home advantage but that was to be the Seneschalstown girls last score of the half.

St. Colmcilles with four Meath U-14 players began to show their class, a point from Caoimhe McPeake was followed up by a superb goal from Boland who had found herself half a yard pushed the Cilles ahead 1-04 to 1-02. The Cilles girls had all the momentum now and finished the first half with another fine point to leave the score reading Seneschalstown 1-02 St. Colmcilles 1-05.

The second half began with good Seneschalstown pressure. The introduction of U-12’s Charlie Murray and Megan Clarke in attack and defence proving effective. Robyn Murray was showing her brilliance in goal with a number of saves, however the Colmcilles Ladies were finding their range and added on three points from play playing into the railway end. Ava Jane Ryan popped over a good point from play but again Colmcilles responded with two more points extending their lead to six points with thirteen mins remaining and the Furze Girls looked in trouble.

With Zoe Kirwan playing now in a central role in the defence Seneschalstown began to impose themselves and soon Charlie Murray found herself free. She recycled the ball to Mallaidh Breen who hit the roof of the net with a cracking shot and so began the comeback. Two more points followed from the furze girls and they found themselves only a point adrift entering extra time. With huge pressure on the Colmcilles defence they showed their credentials and strength counter attacking to have the final score of the game.

This was a hugely enjoyable game that was witnessed with great support for both sides, these two teams have gone toe to toe over the last few years. With nine Meath U-14 panellists between the two teams it was always going to be a superb game and it didn’t disappoint. To make such an impressive impact in the Division 1 championship is a credit to both clubs and mentors.

Deeply disappointed, the Furze Girls have much to be proud of with their Division 1 displays having only been beaten once before Sunday, by the other finalists Dunboyne on the opening day of the Championship. This is a remarkable feat and they now have a Shield Final on June 4th against Royal Gaels Dunshaughlin to look forward to.

“What is defeat? Nothing but Education, nothing but the First step to getting Better”. No doubt that these girls will be back. ...bring on the Gaels...training resumes Monday.

Seneschalstown: Robyn Murray, Caoimhe Dunne, Aine Nangle, Sadhbh McLarney, Zoe Kirwan, Aoibhé Monaghan, Lauren McCarthy, Caragh Monaghan (1-00), Lauren Donnelly, Anna Wogan (0-01), Mallaidh Breen (1-01), Orla Finnegan (0-01), Ella Kilfeather, Sinead McLarney (0-01), Ava Jane Ryan (0-03)

Subs: Niamh Traynor Zoe Ryan Nicola Mongey Megan Clarke Charlie Murray

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