Carndonagh Community School’s Erin ‘Fildara’ McLaughlin was on the mark as the Republic of Ireland U15 Schools side retained the John Read Trophy with a 3-0 win over England in Stafford yesterday.
The Irish were impressive from the outset and produced several clear cut chances early on but it wasn’t until the half hour mark that Presentation SS, Kilkenny scholar Ellen Molloy headed home to break the deadlock.
Molloy added a second on the hour mark to give the visitors some breathing space in a physically demanding encounter.
The icing on the cake came two minutes from time when substitute McLaughlin came off the bench to convert the Republic of Ireland’s third of the day.
Moville Community School’s Kerry Brown came off the bench, a day after helping her school to reach the Bank of Ireland FAI Schools Junior Girls National Cup final with a goal against Athlone CC.