Posted April 27, 2015
The highlight of the U14 ladies football season “Feile 15” was hosted by Naomh Mearnog last Saturday. Proceedings got under way at 10am as the heavens opened. Eight clubs competed for the Division 4 honours, group A consisted of Templeogue Synge St, Clanna Gael Fontenoy, Erin go Bragh and St. Patricks Donabate. Group B consisted of Naomh Mearnog, O’Dwyers, St. Judes and St Brigids.
We took the field for our first match vs O’Dwyers at 10.50 in pouring rain but in very determined mood. Led superbly by captain and midfielder Maria Kelly who was recently called up to the senior team. The girls started quickly and raced into 4 goal lead with goals from Rebecca Cooke (2), Kelly and Aoibhean Crean Lynch.
0’Dwyers needed scores and got them with a goal and two points to bring them hope. However, a lovely move involving several passes ended with Kelly feeding the on rushing Ella Griffin who also made her debut for the seniors recently fended off the attention of her marker before calmly slotting home the clinching goal. The final score came from Dublin U14 goalkeeper and another recent senior player Katie Flanagan with a point.
Final score N. Mearnog 5-01 O’Dwyers 1-03
After a change of jerseys the Mearnog girls took on St.Judes in match number two. Injuries from the first game to Flanagan and Cooke was a blow as St Judes won a tight game on a scoreline of 1-02 to 0-00. Excellent performances from Jessica Burke and Florence Okojoie deserved better. Rosie Doyle and her cousin Ruby Smith were also to the fore.
Match number three was a winner take all match vs St Brigids and a semi final place the reward for the victors. A huge effort was needed after a break for lunch but still no break in the weather as the rain continued to fall. Every player was playing their part. Rolling subs every ten minutes meant all were contributing to what was turning out to be a very enjoyable day. St Brigids started well with an early goal. Great defending from Ella Greene, Emer Kenny, Siobhan 0’Leary and Ciara Mullen kept the Mearnog girls in the hunt. Sophie Brennan was causing all sorts of problems at full forward and was unlucky not to have more than a point to show for her efforts. Roisin Hughes at corner forward was battling hard and Ellen Daly so close to getting the goal that would have put us ahead. St Brigids lifted the siege with a break away point to put three between the teams. Flanagan in goals made some crucial saves, Cooke scored a point which just as easily could have been a goal which left two between the sides. Alexandra Kenny and Leigha Oglesby came on and gave much needed energy to the girls. With less than ten minutes to go Cooke showed her ability around the square with a neat finish to the net to put us ahead 1-02 to 1-01 for the first time. Carla Brogan the youngest member of the squad was in the thick of the action and trying to get on the ball. With 5mins to go Brigids scored what looked like the winning score with a low shot to the net. With time ticking away and with captain Kelly driving at the Brigids defence she played a pass out to Griffin on the right. Griffin drove hard and fast around one defender and as she rounded the second was pulled to the ground with a high and desparate tackle. Only a free, and with no sanction from the referee Griffin dusted herself down and sent in a high hopefull ball. A scramble ensued and a toe poke from ace goal-poacher Cooke, the ball in the net, victory and a semi final spot as a reward.
The semi final vs Templeogue Synge St was always going to be a very difficult ask. Niamh Brown who was carrying an injury into the competition saved her best performance for the semi final assisted by the outstanding Okojoie and Burke who gave their all in every game. The match was tight but T S S deservedly won. They were just able to convert there chances when they arose and two late goals widened the gap that did’nt reflect the closeness of the game. Final score N. Mearnog 0-00 T S S 2-03.
A big thank you to all the club volunteers who made the day such a great experience for all the competing clubs. The mentors and players of the Naomh Mearnog Feile 15 ladies team are just as proud of your efforts as we were of are own.
Thank you also to the supporters who braved the weather and cheered the girls.
Panel: 1 Ella Greene 2 Siobhan O’Leary 3 Sophie Brennan 4 Florence Okojie 5 Ciara Mullen 6 Rosie Doyle 7 Emer Kenny 8 Ruby Smith 9 Maria Kelly (Cpt) 10 Carla Brogan 11 Ella Griffin 13 Aoibheann Crean Lynch (vice-Cpt) 14 Jessica Burke 15 Rebecca Cooke 16 Niamh Brown 17 Roisin Hughes 18 Alexandra Kenny 19 Katie Flanagan 20 Ellen Daly 21 Leigha Oglesby.