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Scéal Ón Ríocht: Girls football finals take centre stage   18/06/2015

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Girls Football Finals.
On Tuesday  the 2nd of June the rural Girls football finals were
contested in a windy Austin Stack Park. In all four finals were down
for decision. The 2 Teacher , the 3 Teacher, the 4/5 Teacher and the
6/8 Teacher finals.
Allianz Cumann na mBunscol  2 Teacher Final
  In the two teacher final Scoil AN Ghleanna Daingean Uí Chúise took
on Meentogues NS. Rathmore.Wind assisted the Scoil an Ghleanna girls
led at the break 4-4 to 1-2. Ava Nic Liam scored three of the first
half goals with Lea Getkate accounting for the fourth. Ciara Furlong
landed three of the first half points and while Scoil an Ghleanna were
in command during this period Delia Foley struck for a goal and the
industrious Danielle scored two valuable points to cut the deficite.
Though the girls from the west scored a further one one in the second
half they really had no  answer to the outstanding duo of Delia Foley
and Danielle O Leary who scored an incredible 4-5 between them in this
second half to win on a final scoreline of 5-7 to 5-5. The match
winning goal coming from the trusted boot of Danielle O Leary the last
moment of the match to snatch a dramatic victory much to the relief of
coach Kerry senior player Caroline Kelly. This was a tremendously
exciting game and all involved can be proud of the skills and team
work displayed by these young girls.
 Meentogues.Mary McCarthy, Michelle Fleming,Gemma Cremins,Delia
Foley,Danielle O’Leary , Subs:Lauren Fears,Shauna Fears.
                                            Scoil an Ghleanna.Laura Ní
Chonchúir,Eimear Ní Ghráinne, Ciara Furlong,Leah Getkate,Ava Nic
Liam.Ionadaithe:Rúna Ághas,Caoimhe Nic Gearailt Ní Dhúbhda,Aisling
Furlong,Emma Ní Choncúir,Isabel Ní Ghráinne,Susan Ní Ghráinne,Seodhagh
Nic Liam,Mimi Ní Shúilleabháin,Aoife Ní Chinnéide,Kayla Getkate.

The Allianz Cumann na mBunscol 3 Teacher Final.
This final between Knockanes NS and Kilmurry NS proved to be a very one
sided affair as Knockanes were missing four of five of their first
choice player whose holiday bookings unfortunately coinicided with
this fixture. Though Knockanes were very competitive in the Mini
–Sevens competitions earlier in the year, the fact that they had to
call on girls from second class  to field for this fixture meant that
opponents Kilmurry were far too physical on the evening and won
comfortably in the end. Kilmury had a hard fought semi-final victory
over Baile an Fheirtéaraigh in their semi final last week while
Knockanes overcame a strong Réalt na Mara outfit in their semi final.
Knockanes.Sinead Gleeson, Caitlin Cronin, Caoimhe O’Sullivan, Ava
Doherty (capt), Alison O’Sullivan, Sarah Moran, Ali Cahill. Subs:
Molly O’Donoghue, Heather Culloty, Katie O’Connor-Dennehy, Aoibhinn
Kilmurry:Siobhán O’Donoghue, Gráinne O’Connor, Aoife Walsh, Aisling
Kearney(capt), Aoife Kerins, Jane Lawlor, Lisa Flynn. Subs. Emma
Enright, Clodagh Enright, Hollyanne Smith, Orla O Donoghue, Ava
Fitzmaurice, Bernadette O Mahony.

The Allianz Cumann na mBunscol 4/5 Teacher Final.
What a cracker this proved to be between two well coached and talented
teams. St. Finian’s from Waterville took on a young Glenbeigh outfit
in a game which captured the attention of all present right up to the
final whistle. With the aid of the strong breeze in the opening half
the Waterville girls with Rachel Dwyer in superb form at mid field
raced into an early lead.Rachel scored the first five scores for her
team two goals one of these a raspier of a shot to the top corner of
the Glenbeigh net. She added tree points two from free and a
magnificent effort from play. Glengeigh to their credit fought back
and their top forward on the evening Roísín Griffin landed two points
into the strengthening wind. Danielle Griffin landed another to close
the gap further as they trailed at the break 4-4 to 0-3. Glenbeigh can
be grateful to the herculean efforts of Críona Riordan, Emer Burke,
and in particular the outstanding full back Caithlin Mc Mahon for
denying the south Kerry girls on numerous occasions. Glenbeigh started
well in the second half and had victory within sight half way through
with goals from the elusive and outstanding Roisín Griffin four in all
to bring them within a score of their opponents with ten minutes
remaining. But the county mini –sevens champions proved their metal
once more as they finished strongly with goals from Aoife Dwyer, Sarah
O Sullivan and captain Rachel Dwyer secures a well deserved victory
with another brilliantly taken goal.Final score St.Finian’s 7-5
Glenbeigh 4-5 in an absolutely enthralling encounter.
 St. Finian’sWaterville:Jessica Galvin,Leah O Dwyer,Shona Fitzpatrick,
Leanne O Sullivan, Rachel O Dwyer, Katie Galvin, Brianna O Sullivan,
Sarah O Sullivan, Aoife O Dwyer.Subs: Niamh Andrews, Saoirse Curran,
Emily Jouen, Ella Courtney, Lauren Curran.  Glenbeigh.Hollie Clifford,
Grainne Foley  Caithlin McMahon,Criona Riordan, Emer Burke, Danielle
Griffin, Lauren Victor, Roisin Griffin, Roisin Smith.Subs: Caoimhe
Sweeney,Sinead King Shauna Jarvis, Aoife Page, Lucy McMahon,Caithlin
Griffin,Cara Moriarty.

The Allianz Cumann na mBunscol 6/8 Teacher Final.

Inspired by the outstanding Mary Collins at midfield, Holy Family
Rathmore appearing in their first Allianz Cumann na mBunscol girls'
football final were too powerful for a younger St. Brigids Duagh. Playing
with the wind in the opening half holy Family were 3-3 to 1-2 ahead at
the break. One wonders what the score would have been if Duagh weren’t
able to call on the excellent goal keeper Mary Bates. Even though
Madbh Dennehy twice and Mary Collins found the Duagh net with well
taken goals they and their team mates were denied on several other
occasions by the outstanding net minder. Not alone did she effect
some excellent blocks but she gathered possession and sent long
clearances time after time to her out field players. Nadine Maloney
struck for a well worked goal and a fine point for Duagh into the wind
and when the lively Emma Cotter landed a sweet point before the break
the Duagh girls were back with a chance as the would be wind assisted
in the second half. However, it was the Holy Family girls who
dominated into the wind in the second half. Lauren Carmody and Lily
Sheehan scored good goals and when Madhbh Dennehy scored two fine
points the Rathmore girls never looked like losing this one.Amanda
Tony and Mary Bates who is selected as goalkeeper for the Shannon
Airport sponsored Primary Game were outstanding throughout and drove
their team mates on and they did land two good points in this half
through the hard working Ella Morris and lightning fast corner forward
Emma Cotter. The last score of the game and indeed the last score of
the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals to be played in the old
sod of Austin Stacks Park was scored by Mary Collins Rathmore’s top
performer. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol chairman thanked all the
teachers, principals who continue to promote Gaelic Games in their
respective schools and he thanked all the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol
committee members who continually support the games. He also thanked
the groundstaff in Austin Stack Park  and wished the County Board
well in their redevelopment of the historic ground.