Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn girls and Lisselton boys claim county titles
Following a feast of fantastic, flowing football Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn girls and Lisselton boys emerged victorious in the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol organised GAA/INTO mini sevens finals played under splendid sunshine in the fabulous John Mitchels complex on Friday last.
This festival of football saw eight boys teams and eight girls team advance to the finals from the nine districts throughout the county. With over 120 schools participating in both boys and girls in this years competition these young footballers were winners in making it through to the finals. St. Marys Kilmurry, Scoil Bhreac Chluain Annascaul, Realt na Mara Tousist and Fossa girls were first into action in Caherslee, Tralee with the action getting under way at midday. The Cordal girls who had come through the play off group on Wednesday topped the group while all remaining teams finished on equal points necessitating play-offs. Fossa won through to take second spot.
In the boys competition at the same venue Scoil Bhreac Chluain Annascaul, O Breanainn, Presentation Monastery Killarney and Lisselton battled it out for a place in the semi-finals. Lisselton topped the group while Annascaul took second spot following a tremendously exciting play-off with The Mon, Killarney.
In the group games in John Mitchels Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn, Scoil Realt na Mara, Cromane, Scoil Crochan Naofa Cathair Danall, Scoil Mhuire agus Naomh Treasa Currow vied for top spots in the girls competition. Gaelscoil topped the group while it took a play-off to separate Currow and Caherdaniel with the Currow girls claiming the semi-final spot.
Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn, Aughatubrid, Kilgobnet, St. Johns An Neidin battled for top spot in the boys group. Kenmare topped the group with Aughatubrid claiming second place.
In the girls semi-finals Kilmurry accounted for Currow while Gaelscoil overcame a spirited Fossa challenge. Lisselton defeated Aughatubrid and following a tremendously exciting game Kenmare claimed a one-point victory over a Colm O Muirteartaigh inspired Annascaul team.
In the girls final Klimurry took the slenderest of leads to the break after a Nip and tuck first half as the led 0-3 0-2. The teams were evenly matched in the opeNing minutes of the second half as they traded points. Still trailing by a point the Gaelscoil girls won a free twenty metres from goal. As Mary Ni Chonaill steadied to take the free she noticed Aoife Ni Dhulain unmarked at the edge of the small square. Following sideline instructions she worked a quick one-two with Aoife to land the match winning goal. Gaelscoil added a further two points from Mary Ni Chonaill and Aoife Ni Dhulain. The Kilmurry girls fought back and when awarded a free from the fourteen metre line the quick thinking Brid Moriarty shot to the net. Gaelscoil won possession from the kick out and as they launched another attack the final whistle sounded as they ran out 1-5 to 1-4 winners following a pulsating encounter.
Best for Kilmurry were goalkeeper Jane Lawlor, Aisling Kearney, Aoife Kerins, Brid Moriarty and forward Kayla O'Connor. Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn had top performances from goalkeeper Brid Sionoid, Grainne Ni Mhochoir, Derblla Ni Chuirc in defence, midfielders Mary Ni Chonaill and Abi Ni Chathasaigh and the lively Aoife Ni Dhuillean.
The boys final was another ding dong affair with St. Johns Kenmare leading by two points at the break. Lisselton, with goalkeeper Ryan O'Neill and defender Diarmuid O'Mahony in outstanding form set about the fight back. Good combination play from James Donegan, Michael Nolan and Jack Kennelly opened the Kenmare defence and Lisselton turned the two point defecate to a four point victory to claim a first GAA/INTO title for the North Kerry school. For St. Johns Kenmare Gearoid Doyle, Cian Hanley, DaNie Crowley, David Ciuciu and Sean Lucey were outstanding.
The 2014 finals were played in the fantastic John Mitchels new complex for the first time and we are extremely grateful to the club for making their facilities available to us at short notice.
Gaelsciol Mhic Easmainn: Brid Sionoid, Grainne Ni Mhochair, Derblla Ni Choirc, Mary Ni Chonaill, Abi Ni Chathasaigh, Aoife Ni Dhuilleain, Laoise Ni Dhulchaointigh, Eimear Ni Shuilleabhain, Clodagh Ni Chonchuir, Alex Ni Conamara.
Kilmurry: Jane Lawlor, Aishling Kearney, Grainne O'Connor, Ava Fitzmaurice, Aoife Kerins, Roisin Brosnan, Brid Moriarty, Lisa Flynn, Kayla O'Connor, Laura Fitzmaurice.
Lisselton: Ryan O'Neill, Diarmuid O'Mahony, Tadhg O'Carroll, James Donegan, Michael Nolan, Jack Kennelly, Ben O'Connor, Robert Foley, Jack Brennan, John Kennedy.
St. John's Kenmare: Gearoid Doyle, Cian O'Sullivan, Cian Hanley, Cian O'Connor, Danie Crowley, David Ciuciu, Sean Lucey, Padraig Cronin, Colin Crowley, Kane Reidy.