Success for U14 Girls

On the 12th of April St Nathy’s U14 Girls’ Gaelic team played their Connaught semi- final in Castlebar. It was a wet and windy day and the girls were determined to win this game. After the devastating loss of last year’s final against the same opponents, the girls came back stronger and more determined than ever. The game was slow to get started with two frees missed. Eabha-Mai Keating brought the girls into the game by scoring their first point. The game was very even, with both teams showing a great display of football with Ava Dooney and Ava Horgan putting up a great battle in defence staying one step ahead of Castlebar. Some intricate playing between the likes of Lucia McDonnell and Saerlaith Dillon carried the girls through to the second half with a 3-point lead. Half time score 1-1 to 1-4, to St Nathy’s. The second half started strong and fast paced. The girls started on the front foot, but it was not enough to stop Castlebar getting the first point in the second half. There was great passion and desire from the girls to be the first to the ball. They did not drop their heads and continued to have a great work ethic. Maebh Lavin proved she was an all-rounder with some excellent blocks, saves,  brave outfield runs and pinpoint kickouts. Well done Meabh Lavin!!

In the last 15 minutes of the game, Castlebar took control of the game with a goal to level and then got a point ahead. St. Nathy’s did not give up and the girls showed some fierce determination with Aoibhinn Conway scoring a brilliant point to level the game. The pressure was on now to get the lead and stay ahead. The girls worked ridiculously hard to keep the ball in their own half and dictated play throughout. Unfortunately, Castlebar managed to turnover the ball, but Ava Horgan and Ava Dooney put up a great fight in the full back line giving serious support to their outstanding keeper Meabh Lavin. This intense defence just wasn’t enough though and Castlebar got another point. The girls made some great runs giving Meabh lots of options for kickouts. They showed great skill levels and team effort and carried the ball up the pitch making great runs off each other and scoring a point to level the game again. St. Nathy’s broke down Castlebar’s kickout and Aoibhinn Gilligan scored the winning point for St. Nathys. The game was not over yet and the girls had to keep working hard to keep the lead for the last few minutes. There was a brilliant breakdown of play from Leah Cogan and Katelin Donovan. They forced Castlebar to make silly mistakes and St. Nathys controlled the game which paid off in the end with the game finishing 2-6 to 2-7 to St. Nathys.

Well done to all involved including team members, Melissa Sharkey, Rebecca Brett, Robyn Mc Keon, Grace Corrigan and Grace Henry.  It was a superbe team effort that lead to this result.  The girls will be playing in the Connacht Final in the next few weeks.  We wish them the very best in the final

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