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under 12 div 1 girls final

Congratulations to our U12 girls who are Division 1 Champions

Dunshaughlin Royal Gaels 0-08
St Colmcille’s 0-02

The top 2 teams in Division 1 had their much anticipated Final in Dunganny on a windy Sunday afternoon. St Colmcilles went into the game unbeaten after 8 games, with Royal Gaels only one shy with 7 wins and some unfinished business to tend to. We know each other well at this stage, having met last year in Division 6 and there are friendships between both players and management team on the 2 sides.
There was a huge level of support and the girls were ready for what we knew was going to be a tough battle.
It was a tense and tight first quarter and both sides put up iron defences – it proved difficult to make scoring opportunities. Then mid-fielder SiúnHartigan scored the first point of the game from a free – an important score to put Royal Gaels ahead and settle things down. Siún had a great game and displayed her famous ‘Squat and Snatch’ throughout the game, winning possession whenever an opportunity presented itself. Forward Orlaith Mc Entee put on serious pressure to break through the defence from the beginning to the end of this game. With her trademark two tone boots, a joy to watch, she gave it her all. Half -forward Emily MacCanna worked hard to gain possession and make opportunities. Tara Glennon had a strong and consistent performance throughout the game and even when she got a few hard bangs she just shook herself off and followed the ‘Ignore & Score’ approach. Aisling O’Connor was dogged and gave it her all. With her trademark pink gloves and ‘can-do’ attitude, she stuck to her player like a magnet. JoyOsas had an imposing presence in the middle of our defence – she has great vision and speed and is not afraid to take calculated risks… she is always one step ahead of the opposition. Ellie Dervan played a stormer in the half-back line. Fresh back from injury, she was determined to make her mark and gave 100% to the game and to her team.
We were against the wind in the second quarter and hampered a number of well taken shots. The only score in the second quarter was a point from Cilles taking the scoreline to a draw. Royal Gaels ensured that Cilles didn’t take advantage of the conditions and displayed super hand passing, defence and teamwork to hold the score until Half Time. The Royal Gaels backs were fierce. Ronnique Kato and Niamh Summerville are small but strong. Ronnique seems to have extra hands and when she goes in for a ball, you know she will come out with it. NIamh Summerville can go from standing to fifth gear in a flash and difficult for anyone marking her to know where she will go to next. Lovely to have 3 Summervilles on the team – they brought with them an army of supporters and great to see all the extended families cheering them on. Niamh’s sister Grace was mid-field and also has the turbo-boost feet. A great leader she gives great guidance and direction to her team-mates. Captain & cousin Caitlin Summerville completes the clann. Caitlin was, as always, on fire as goalkeeper. Not only was she perfect in her on-pitch performance, her acceptance speech was pitch perfect too. Áine McTigue was a rock in defence and mopped up anything that came her way. Georgia Muldoon came on as half-forward and got stuck in straight away. Having given up a trip away she showed the team how dedicated and committed she is.

The half-time whistle and the score was Dunshaughlin Royal Gaels 0-1 St. Colmcille’s 0-1.

Royal Gaels have a habit of ramping up scores in the third quarter and with the wind on our side again, this game was no different. There was lovely passing play and Katelyn Robinson scored her first point of the game to put Royal Gaels ahead. Our top scorer in the League overall, Katelyn has really mastered the hook kick and was like dynamite in this game as always. Katie Smith stole the Cille’s kick-out and sent it back into the forward line and on to Katelyn who scored again. We were really getting into our stride now and after another wide, Katie Smith stole the kick-out again, passing to Tara Glennon and on to Orlaith McEntee. Orlaith took her shot, hit the post and went over for her second point and putting us in front by 3 points. Katie Smith joined this team from the Amber team to cover for injury for the last 3 games of the season. She was a very welcome addition and really made her mark playing with the older girls. The last few minutes of the 3rd quarter were a joy to watch. The girls worked as one and seemed to be winning all the play. Olivia Quinn played a starring role in the half- forwards, passing and creating opportunities for the full forwards. She can read the game and makes herself available – is determined and fast – she is a team player and sets the team up very effectively. Forward Tara Glennon, who has been a consistent score machine throughout the league, scored a lovely point in the last seconds of the third quarter ensuring a lead of 4 points going into the last 10 minutes of this nail-biting FInal.

With the wind against us again, the girls kept up their game and made sure that no mistakes were made. The Cup was in sight but they maintained their composure. Cilles tried hard to score but Caitlin Summerville was unwavering in goals. Some great team passing from Olivia Quinn and Tara Glennon ended with another point for Katelyn Robinson. Then, Orlaith McEntee set up a lovely point from play, passing it into Katelyn Robinson who blasted it over the bar. Cilles responded with a point bringing the scoreline to 0-7 to 0-2 with only minutes remaining. Hard not to get excited at this stage. The Orlaith and Katelyn duo again and now it is 0-8 to 0-2. Cilles never gave up and took 2 shots, one went wide and the second was saved by the glue hands of Caitlin Summerville. Time was up, that was the end – Under 12 Division 1 Champions. What a great win and what a great day. The girls let the game faces fade away and pure exhilaration and excitement took hold. Black and Amber supporters swarmed onto the pitch.

Beaming grins on everyone’s faces, players and supporters alike. Coaches Brian Hartigan and Stephen Robinson were grinning from ear to ear – not just proud coaches but proud Dads too. Cilles were great sports and Ken, Dave & Jackie were very complimentary of our performance. They are a fine team and this was a tough battle.

After the Cup Presentation, the team and supporters did the ‘beep procession’ around the village and then on the The Arch Bar function room for lovely Carletto’s pizzas and Mick O’Brien kindly provided refreshments. Thank you to all the parents, supporters, families, coaches, FLOs and sponsors. An amazing day and a fitting end to a great Spring League. A Division 1 County Medal at the age of 11 – hard to beat. These are memories for life.

Team: Caitlin Summerville (Capt), Katelyn Robinson (0-4) Orlaith McEntee (0-2), Tara Glennon (0-1), Siún Hartigan (0-1), Grace Summerville, Emily MacCanna, Olivia Quinn, Aisling O’Connor, Áine McTigue,Ronnique Kato, Niamh Summerville, Georgia Muldoon, Joy Osas, Ellie Dervan & Katie Smith.

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