Wednesday, November 23, 2022

FAI Schools First Year Girls National Cup FINAL (Under 14, Large Schools)



By Pat Costello

HOLY Family Secondary School Newbridge, the new kids on the block, suffered extra time heartbreak when they were defeated 2-1 after extra time by Presentation College Athenry in the Final of the FAI First Year Girls National Cup Final played at Athlone Town Stadium on Tuesday.

Holy Family SS Newbridge Photo courtesy SFAI

In a scoreless first half the Newbridge defence were outstanding and denied attempts at goal from the Westerners who always looked dangerous through Mollie Noone’s set pieces.

Although going behind six minutes into the second half when Ciara Mullins scored for Athenry, Holy Family fought back immediately and drew level by the 36th minute when team captain, Ella Donnellan, rounded Lauren Kearney in the Athenry goal to finish to the net.

Neither side could make the breakthrough for the remainder of normal time and the intense final went to extra time.

Just minutes into that extra time Mullins again pounced for Presentation College and she slotted home to give her side the lead.

Holy Family, well coached by teachers Eugene Beggy and Karl Mulvey, fought hard to find an equaliser but Athenry were able to see the game out and claim the victory.

Holy Family SS Newbridge can be proud of their first year involvement in schools soccer. The appeared in two Leinster Cup Finals losing a provincial final to Loreto Secondary School, Kilkenny but they defeated Presentation SS, Wexford 3-1 in their First Year Cup contest.

There’s a bright future ahead in schools’ soccer for the Holy Family School, surely.

HOLY FAMILY SECONDARY SCHOOL, NEWBRIDGE: Shannon Carey; Leah Mae Ward, Kate Dunphy, Sarah Phelan, Chloe O’Brien, Faye Durney, Olivia Hyland, Kate McNulty, Ella Donnellan, capt, Jessica McNulty, Ammiemae Dunne; SUBS ROLL ON/OFF: Alex Dowling, Ella Cashman, Caoimhe O’Connor, Aoibhinn Dennehy, Mia Finnegan

EXTENDED PANEL: Ruby Maher, Julia Bugayeva, Erin Kavanagh.

TEACHER / COACHES: Eugene Beggy & Karl Mulvey

PRESENTATION COLLEGE, ATHENRY: Lauren Kearney, Leah Mullins, Saoirse Counihan, Sarah Egan, Niamh Kilgannon, capt, , Mollie Noone ©, Sophie Hogan, Katyln Walshe, Aimira Bouhlel McNamara, Ciara Mullins, Katie Noone SUBS ROLL ON/OFF: Kate Heaney, Lillian Walshe, Lauren Gannon, Chloe Keane, Aoibhe Corcoran

EXTENDED PANEL: Jessica McGlynn, Roisin Leahy, Abbie Donoghue, Anna Rohan, Stephany Martins, Marrissa Higgins, Madeline Heskin, Ciara O’Connor, Charlotte Mangan

TEACHERS/COACHES: Dom Coll, Joe Finnerty, Emer Kilgannon, James McDonnell.

REFEREE: Nathan Maher (Midlands)

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