A Great crowd gathered at St. Mary’s Pitch Convoy, For what I’m sure nobody can dispute turned out to be one of THE BEST games of under age Football seen in a long while. Referee Mr. Gerard Mc Hugh took to the centre of the of the pitch and threw in ball with Naomh Conaill’s Amy Boyle Carr getting first touch of the ball, only to have Fanad Gaels No.9 Rachel Sweeney swoop in with a great tackle which allowed her to change direction and make her run towards the Naomh Conaill’s Goals. However the Naomh Conaill Backs Niamh O’ Donnell, Caoimhe Molloy and Clodagh Boyle were on high alert as Clodagh Boyle stood tall and made her tackle stopping them in there tracks. Clodagh made a great pass to Caoimhe Molloy and Deirbhile Ward and shanan Mc Hugh were on hand to recieve the ball from Caoimhe, with a great pass from Caoimhe Molloy to Shannan Mc Hugh Ellie Mc Innes was already making her speedy run up the field Shannan took a look up and kick passed it on to Ellie, Ellie Pumped the ball in to the forwards who then had a chance a a score but sadly put the ball wide.
From the Fanad Gaels kick out Danielle Mc Devitt caught the ball and with a great pass to Stella Greene, Stella made a run at the Fanad Gaels goals and scored the first goal and score of the game. Naomh Conaill Caught a bit of luck from the Fanad Gaels Kick outs with Deirbhile Ward catching a high ball and blasting it over the bar and witha low ball pass from Danielle Mc Devitt to Molly Mc Neilis Scored another goal. Naomh Conaill Seemed to have the upper hand after another kick out by the Fanad Gaels Golie Maria Dougherty, Naomh Conaill’s Arianna Bonner made a great tackle on Fanad Gaels No8 Mairead Coll to score another point. Fanad Gaels were on their toes however for the next kick out, and a great kick out it was by Maria Dougherty to No.8 Mairead Coll catching the ball mid air and making her run down the field No6 Lauren Carr was at her side with a great bit of team work from both girls Mairead Coll Broke through the Naomh Conaill defence and took her try at a goal chance, Naomh Conaill’s golie Elsa Greene stood tall and saved Mairead’s chance at goal. Elsa made a quick kick out and Fanad Gaels No.9 Rachel Sweeney was out in front of Naomh Conaill’s Kirsty Gallagher catching the high ball Kirsty made a good job of trying to dispossess Rachel but Rachel kept strong on the ball and made her run again towards the Naomh Conaill back line, But Megan Byrne was right on Rachel’s heels as she swooped in and dispossessed Rachel putting it out for a 45 for Fanad Gaels. Fanad Gaels No.6 Lauren Carr pumped the ball in towards Naomh Conaill’s goals’ and Fanads’ No.11 Mariossa Friel who scored a great point. From Naomh Conaills’ Kick out Fanad Gaels’ Rachel Sweeney won the a speedy run towards Naomh Conaill’s golie Elsa Greene and scored a powerful goal. With another goal and 1 point coming from Shannan Mc Hugh and a point scored by Amy Boyle Carr, and 2 more goals scored by Fanad Gaels No.12 Caoimhe Walsh and a point from Fanad’s Mariossa Friel meant that it was all level at half time 3-04 to 3-04.
The Second half of the Game Started much the same as the First both teams fighting tooth and nail for the possession of the ball, Fanad Gaels got first touch of the ball with No.13 Fanad Gaels’ Aoife Sweeney working hard to get the ball up the field towards Naomh Conaill’s goal’s with great passing between Hannah Sweeney and Aoife Sweeney which led to Aoife Scoring the First Point and score of the second half. Fanad Gaels had most of the possession in the second half with both teams fighting hard, Fanad Gaels got another point scored by Mariossa Friel. Naomh Conaill got a 45 and Amy Boyle Carr Pumped it towards Fanad Gael’s goals and Naomh Conaill’s Danielle Mc Devitt sent it into the back of the net. Naomh Conaill were 1 point down with 12 minutes to go in the game and from the Fanad Gaels Kick out Fanad Gaels No.10 Caoimhe Walsh made a great run down the field towards Naomh Conaill’s goals and scored a brilliant goal, Leaving Naomh Conaill 1-1 down with 8 mins to go in the game. A Substitution was made and Zoe Campbell came on to replace Molly Mc Neilis with not even her first minute gone in the game Zoe Campbell dispossessed Aoife Sweeney and had a try at a point that sadly went wide. From another Naomh Conaill kick out Shana Quinn was on hand to help Amy Boyle Carr to make a run up the field towards Fanad Gaels goals which followed with Amy Scoring a goal, Naomh Conaill came back with a vengeance putting every bit of fight they had left into the game with 4 mins to go in the game Naomh Conaill were 1 point down, but Fanad were not about to give it away, From Fanad’s own kick out Mairead Coll and Rachel Sweeney showed a great bit of team work up again towards the Naomh Conaill goals, witha mighty pass from Fanad’s Rachel Sweeney to Caoimhe Walsh, Caoimhe to the dismay of the Naomh Conaill players sent the ball over the bar. With 2 mins to go in the game Naomh Conaill were 2 points down but this only seemed to rally the Naomh Conaill mid fielders and from the Naomh Conaill Kick out golie Elsa Greene made a mighty kick out to Naomh Conaill’s Arianna Bonner and with a great show of team work from Arianna and Ellie Mc Innes worked the ball well back towards the Fanad Gael goals Ellie with her keen eye Spotted Amy Boyle Carr Making a dash towards the Fanad Gael goals and kick passed it over the head of the Fanad Gael Players Amy was on her own making the dash towards the goals and had one final hurdle to get passed and that was Fanad Gaels Mighty Goal Keeper Maria Dougherty sadly Maria was no match for Amy’s Skill and Amy Drove the ball into the back of the net putting Naomh Conaill 1 point up and winning the game for Naomh Conaill. The Final score of the game was Naomh Conaill 6-5 to Fanad Gaels 5-7.
As I said at the start this was one of THE BEST and most Exciting game of Under age Football both sides have seen in a while. Fanad Gaels are a credit to their Club and themselves. Congratulations Girls You All Did Yourselves, Manager’s, Mentors And Club Very Proud. And So To Are Naomh Conaill U-14 County Champions, It’s An Honour To Be Involved With Such A Great Club, Girls You All Played With Such Heart, Skill and Hunger That It Was No Wonder You All Triumphed in The End. You All Did The Club Yourselves And Us All Very Proud.
NAOMH CONAILL ABU.