THERE was heartbreak for Listowel Celtic under-16 soccer team when the club lost out in the final of the Umbro Women's Under-16 Challenge Cup.
Listowel Celtic had been brilliant and brave and inspirational on the run to this national final, and they had arrived at Mounthawk Park in Tralee on the back of a great semi-final win over Mayo side Kilmore FC.
Home advantage (playing in Kerry) was seen as a great advantage to Listowel, who faced a formidable opponent in Dublin side Peamount United, who are one of the powerhouses in underage soccer in the country.
In the end Celtic lost out by three goals to one but they won many friends and admirers for their resilience and battling qualities against a superior side.
Listowel had gone behind to an early goal and they looked in real trouble after they conceded a second early in the second half.
However, true to form Listowel fought back and got due reward for their efforts when Savannah McCarthy and Rebecca Horgan combined to set Aoife Shine free in possession and her cross / shot went in over the goalkeeper's head.
As the pushed for an equaliser Listowel were caught on the break for a third Peamount goal but they were a credit to themselves, their club and the Kerry Schoolgirls League.