St. Pats U14 Girls Triumph

Report by Brian McSorley manager

It was a great weekend in Ballinakill Rathdrum  for the U14 girls of St Patricks Wicklow Town, who completed three in a row  and will now go on to represent the county in this year’s National Feile. The girls qualified for the semi finals against Group 1 runners up Bray Emmet’s  after recording  three wins in Group 2  on Saturday, with victories over Blessington, St. Nicholas and Eire Og .

Playing  against a strong breeze the Wicklow girls led  1-01 to 1pt at ht. Bray started the second half strongly scoring  the first two points but a second goal from Sinead McGettigan and one from Niamh McSorley plus three points from Saoirse O Reilly, who was  playing her  first game back after a hand injury, put the Pats team into the final with AGB  who defeated  Blessington in the other semi final.

The final was a game of two half’s with both defences coming out on top in the early exchanges. The first score of the game came  from the boot of the excellent Saoirse O’ Reilly who was beginning to cause a few problems for the Arklow defenders. Three missed scores  from close in  frees were punished as AGB scored a goal from distance. This was a start of a purple patch and a  further point from Abi Doyle left three points in the game. Further drama  AGB were awarded a penalty, but for a excellent save from county keeper Megan Dunne and  Aine Cahill was on hand to clear the danger. Pats girls were further saved but this time by the uprights and the bar and were fortunate not to be further behind at ht. In the second half both teams exchanged points early on and similar to the first half both defences were playing out of their skins. With captain Aine Cahill driving on from centre half back, a point from Niamh Caffery started the comeback and with the game in its final  minutes, two points from the player of the Feile Sinead McGettigan  levelled the match. Move of the game, Lucy Dunne won a ball on the sideline passed onto Jessica Lyons who played into centre half  forward  McSorley, who  in turn switched to Weronika Kuzio and the Pats midfielder kicked the leading point from 25 meters. A final point from McGettigan sealed a two point victory for the Wicklow Town girls.

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