Girls U16 FL Final.
Our girls excellent league campaign came to an end on a losing note on Saturday in the final against what was a better Derrylin performance on the day. Our girls worked to the very end, but our opponents played really well throughout and deserved their win. We actually had the first two scores of the game from Sarah Jane Jones and Eimear Smyth frees before Derrylin had a burst of scores through their very impressive inside forward pairing of Jade Murphy and Niamh Watterson. We were under a lot of pressure in our own territory and our backs repelled a lot of attacks. On isolated raids, we picked off a few points from Eimear Smyth. Nonetheless, the half time score was 4.5 to 0-5, reflecting their possession.
We started the second half similarly well with a point from Aoibheann Rainey, and a free by Eimear Smyth, but Derrylin had two key scores in the twelfth and fourteenth minutes through the strong running Alannah Leonard plus Niamh Watterson again. That made our task a pretty insurmountable one. But we kept at it and had a goal from Eimear Smyth in the twenty-fifth minute, but Derrylin finished in the ascendancy through Weronika Prusakiewiecz and Ciara Clarke. They were a very well balanced side, with defenders Ciara McCaffrey, Cara Boyle and Blathnaid McGuinness all very safe and impressive.
Our ‘keeper Megan Maguire and our back five of Neasa Corrigan, Tammy Millar, Emma Leonard, Naomi Jones and Savannah Leonard all put in good shifts, they had a lot to deal with, but Naomi and Emma in partiicular came out very strongly with the ball. Eimear Smyth and Aoibheann Rainey were very hardworking in a competitive middle of the park, with Sarah Jane Jones and Caoimhe Rainey offering a good outlet up front, well supported by Katie Thompson, Leah Miller, Aoibheann Jones, Niamh Duffy and Phoebe Johnston. The team missed the energy of Emer McGlone, who had contributed very well in previous games.
Congratulations to Derrylin. Hard luck to our Harps girls, but still well done on a great campaign. Thank you very much to Donal Corrigan and Louise Dundas for their work with the team.