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A Feast of Football at Girls Football Urban Finals in Tralee   13/06/2015

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Chiarrai Girls Football Urban Finals were keenly
contested on Thursday 28th May in Austin Stack Park and in a
welter of excitement Holy Cross Mercy Killarney, Scoil Mhuire
Killorglin and Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn claim the 2015 titles.
Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Girls Football Urban Shield Final.

In the Urban shield final Mercy Killarney proved too strong for a
young and spirited Listellick outfit. Playing with the aid of a stiff
breeze in the opening half Listellick faced the second half wind
trailing by a point. Listellick opened brightly and had fine
performances from full back Nicole o Connor, half back Brenda Devane,
Clodagh Murray and Erica Jones at mid field. Up front the lively
pairing of Katie Nix and Muire Kingston caught the eye. Mercy scored a
well worked goal in the openening half through Ava Sheehan. Mercy had
top performances throughout the field but the contributions of Amy
Myers, Aisling Stack, Sarah Mc Mahon and the inspirational captain
Holly Power are worthy of special mention. Wind assisted the Killarney
girls dominated possession in the second and though their shooting let
them down at times they won on a final score line of 1-5 to 1-2.
 Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Division 1 Final
In the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Division 1 Final Scoil Mhuire
Killorglin made amends for last year’s defeat by outscoring
Presentation, Listowel in a well contested final. This game opened at
a frantic pace with the Killorglin girls opening the scoring with a
fine point from midfielder Maggie West. Hannah Mc Keever was at the
end of a well worked move to shoot to the net for Scoil Mhuire’s first
goal. Listowel struck back with an excellently executed point from the
industrious Cliona Pierse. Grace O Sullivan added another point for
the North Kerry girls but the illusive Nessa Healy landed two from
distance for the girls from the Laune.Listowel captain Amy Mason and
Cliona Pierse worked the ball forward and when Captain Amy received
the ball on the twenty metre line she sent a pile driver to the
Killorglin net. Nessa Healy scored two more exquisite points for Scoil
Mhuire to leave the half time score 1-5to 1-2 in favour of Killorglin.
Scoil Mhuire got an early goal from Caragh Browne at the start of the
second half which forced the Presentation management to pack their
defence and though they managed to limit the scoring opportunities for
the Killorglin girls they were unable to get the much need scores at
the other end as Fodhla Houlihan, Orla Browne and Ailbhe Mangan
defended stoutly. Their forwards used the plentiful supply well and
though facing the strong breeze the landed two more goals through
Caragh Browne and Laura Leslie. Maggie West who along with her
midfield partner Christina O Bien had outstanding games. Maggie scored
her second point the last score of the match to leave the final score
Scoil Mhuire 4-6 Presentation Listowel 1-2.
 The Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Div.2 Final
Our third final of the evening was a brilliant advertisement for
ladies football. Two well drilled and talented sides fought for every
ball, used possession intelligently and competed at an observing pace
in an electrifying atmosphere in Austin Stacks Park. Gaelscoil Mhic
Easmainn Tralee held on to win this encounter against old rivals
Gaelscoil Aogáin from Castleisland on a final score line of 4-5 to
3-4.  Sadbh De Phrionndaibhéil scored the opening point for the
Castleisland girls into the wind in the opening minute. Abi Ní
Chastasaigh who was in inspirational form responded with a point and
in the third minute crashed a great effort to the back of the
Gaelscoil Aogáin net. She landed a thirty metre free to give Mhic
Easmainn a four point cushion. Aogáin combined well and when Sadbh De
Phrionndaibhéil won possession on the edge of the square she finished
an unstoppable shot to the back of the Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn net in
the thirteenth minute. Aoife Ní Dhuilleáin kicked a fantastic point
for the Tralee girls and she was first to react from the ensuing kick
out. She won possession twenty five metres from goal soloed and hopped
and shot low to back of the Gaelscoil Aogáin net to leave Mhic
Easmainn ahead at the break 2-3 to 1-2. Heather Nic Conmara scored a
third goal for the Tralee girls in the opening minute of the second
half and when Aoife Ní Dhuilleáin landed another point Gaelscoil Mhic
Easmainn were eight points ahead. Paris Nic Cárthaigh with a fine
point and Sadbh De Phrionndaibhéil landed a goal and a point to drag
the Aogáin girls back into contention. However, in a movement that
started with corner back Cait Ní Dhugáin the Mhic Easmainn girls
worked the ball brilliantly to Heather Nic Conmara who rattled the net
for her second goal. Ní Phrionndaibhéil who was the stand out Aogáin
player soloed through for another brilliant goal to leave three points
between the sides with five minutes to play. Gaelscoil Aogáin with
Hanna Ní Iarlatha, Aoife Breathnach, Abbie ní Bhrosnacháin and
midfielders Paris Nic Cárthaigh and Sadbh De Phrionndaibhéil in
inspirational form went all out in search of the equalising goal. But
with Cáit ní Dhugáin, Ciara De Rath, Dearbhla Ní Choirc, Aisling Ní
Ainiféin, Eimear Ní Shúilleabháin and in particular captain Alex Nic
Conmara defending courageously they kept Aogáin at bay. The
outstanding Aoife Ní Dhuilleáin had the final say when she scored the
insurance point for Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn much to the relief of
their team mentors and large band of loyal supporters. Mary Jo Curran
presented the trophy to the winning captain Alex Nic Conmara who
delivered a powerful acceptance speech as gaeilge.