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U16 Ladies – County Shield Champions

U16 Ladies Shield 2014

Eoghan Rua win the Under 16 County Shield.

The Eoghan Rua Under 16 Ladies Football team retained the Under 16 Shield they had won in 2013 with a spirited display against their North Derry rivals, Craigbane in a highly entertaining match at Ballerin last Wednesday night.

Played in ideal conditions the Eoghan Rua girls got off to a good start as they registered two points in their opening two attacks, courtesy of Brenda Grant and Anna Morrison. Craigbane asserted control though and when they shaded the midfield battle, they provided the ammunition for their forwards to register a goal and a point to take the lead. In an end to end first half the Eoghan Rua girls then took control and goals from Sarah Moore following great support play from Niamh Morrison and a great dipping effort from Olivia Mullan put the Eoghan Rua girls ahead again. Craigbane had a scoring burst of three points to leave the Coleraine girls leading 2.02 to 1.04 and only for great defensive work from Aoife Kelly and Cora Lagan, Craigbane would have scored more. Olivia Mullan and Anna Morrison tagged on points to open the gap to three but Craigbane finished the half strongly with a goal and a point to lead at the half time whistle on a scoreline of Eoghan Rua 2.04, Craigbane 2.05.

A few changes were made at the start of the second half as Ellen Ferris and Shauna Doherty came in for Cora Lagan and Niamh Morrison. Shauna was deployed at full forward and wasted no time in registering a point to bring the game level. A point for Craigbane was met with a two goal salvo from the Eoghan Rua girls, the first a neat flick by Sarah Moore before Eve Lundy found the net from close range. A Craigbane point reduced the gap to four before Darcey Kelly notched an impressive point off her weaker left foot. Two Shauna Doherty points opened the gap to seven points for the Eoghan Rua girls but Craigbane kept coming back at them. A fortuitous goal direct from a free kick was followed by another Craigbane goal and the gap was down to one point. Ellen Ferris and Francesca Watson helped deny Craigbane any more immediate scores and Charlie Walls in the Eoghan Rua goal then pulled off a great save that kept the Eoghan Rua girls ahead.

Naoise Kennedy came in to replace the tiring Aoife Kelly and had an immediate impact as she helped curb the Craigbane attack. Anna Frizelle also came to the fore as she dispossessed her player on a number of occasions to keep the pressure off and with Brenda Grant dropping deep to give cover and link with Aimee Tweed and Niamh Boorman the Coleraine girls were looking the more likely winners. The speed of Sorcha Duggan when introduced to the forward line for the Eoghan Rua girls gave the Craigbane defence big problems and the Eoghan Rua girls began to dominate the game. Shauna Doherty and Olivia Mullan tagged on points after some great work from midfield duo Aoife Boorman and Anna Morrison before the impressive Sorcha Duggan found the net after a blistering run in on goal from the right wing. Eve Lundy and Olivia Mullan added further points as the Eoghan Rua girls went on to record a great win on a scoreline of Eoghan Rua 5.12 Craigbane 4.07.

In the hours football the Eoghan Rua girls can be proud of their efforts and contribution over the course of the game. In goals Charlie Walls was an inspiration as a number of saves coupled with accurate kick outs kept the Eoghan Rua girls well in the game. The defence of Aimee Tweed, Cora Lagan, Niamh Boorman, Aoife Kelly, Anna Frizelle and Francesca Watson all played their part in this great win. Anna Frizelle showed why she is held in such high regard by her peers as she made an excellent contribution to the Eoghan Rua efforts. Second half subs Naoise Kennedy and Ellen Ferris showed off the depth of talented footballers at the Club as they made an impact when they came on.

In midfield Anna Morrison and Aoife Boorman had a very busy hour as they covered a lot of ground and Anna also registered two points. In the forward line Eve Lundy, Olivia Mullan, Niamh Morrison, Darcey Kelly, Sarah Moore and Brenda Grant all played their part. The use of Brenda Grant roving out the field proved effective, and as a sweeper in the last ten minutes meant that Craigbane didn’t register any scores during this time as she cut out a number of attacks when they got close to goal. The Craigbane defence were finding it difficult to deal with second half subs Shauna Doherty and Sorcha Duggan as the Eoghan Rua forwards closed with an unanswered 1.04. Great scenes of joy at the final whistle as the Eoghan Rua girls captured only the second ever Ladies Football silverware for the Club.

Team: Charlie Walls, Aimee Tweed, Cora Lagan, Niamh Boorman, Aoife Kelly, Anna Frizelle, Francesca Watson, Anna Morrison (0.02), Aoife Boorman, Eve Lundy (1.01), Olivia Mullan (1.03), Niamh Morrison, Darcey Kelly (0.01), Sarah Moore (2.00), Brenda Grant (0.01) Suns Ellen Ferris for Cora Lagan, Shauna Doherty (0.04) for Niamh Morrison, Naoise Kennedy for Aoife Kelly, Sorcha Duggan (1.00) for Darcey Kelly, Anna Lagan

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