EASTERN HARPS 6-8 ST. NATHY'S 3-6
EASTERN HARPS girls completed a remarkable double when they won the U14 A Championship final to complement the league trophy when they defeated St Nathys in the picturesque surroundings of Bunninadden Community Park which was in pristine condition for the final.
Harps aided by a stiff breeze started the strongest and in their first meaningful attack Megan Mc Cormack rifled the ball past Sarah Burke in the Nathys goal. Harps continued to dominate with Lauren Gallagher covering acres of ground from her number 6 position and setting up numerous attacks.The midfield pairing of Ciara Stephenson and Eimear Henry operated a vice like grip on the midfield exchanges and providing sublime passes to the inside forwards who continued to prosper and kicked 4 excellent points.
Nathys got a reprieve however when Mary Ann O Kenneddy was upended in the small square and elected to take the spot kick herself. Kate Lyons was equal to the task diving low to save it but despair followed her elation as Mary Ann followed to hammer home the rebound. T
his was the tonic that Nathys needed but they were rocked 4 minutes later when Katie Flaherty pounced on a loose ball and from a difficult angle raised the green flag.
Nathys raised their game again and Maria Connolly was at the end of a free flowing movement and finished to the net in style. Harps always seemed to be able to respond when required and the full forward line who gave the losers back line a torrid afternoon with excellent movement and pace and scored a combined total of 5.05 in the game had the final say in the half with a goal coming courtesy of Orla O Dowd leaving Harps in the ascendancy at the short whistle by 3.07 to 2 goals
A much more determined Nathys team took the pitch for the second half and Belinda Mitchell and Katie Reynolds starting to impose themselves on the game.
The excellent Hannah Walsh began to exert a bigger influence in midfield and in the process kicked 3 excellent long range points before Ciara O Dowd goaled following a pass from the very impressive Laoise Mc Donagh.
However Harps roused themselves from their slumber and their inspirational captain Katie Gallagher dashed Nathys comeback by getting her sides fourth goal. Try as they might Nathys could not make any in roads into the Harps lead as Elaine Murray superbly marshaled her back-line and Shannon Doherty probably had her best ever game for the Keash/Gurteen outfit. All Nathys had to show for their endeavours was a further 2 pointed frees in between two goals for the winners.
Kate Lyons. Chelsea Mc Gowan. Elaine Murray. Shannon Doherty. Rachel Hogge. Lauren Gallagher. Zara Stafford. Eimear Henry. Ciara Stephenson. Laura Molloy. Katie Gallagher(1.03). Leanne Powell. Katie Flaherty(2.02). Megan Mc Cormack(2.01). Orla O Dowd(1.02). Katie Conlon. Aideen Coyle. Niamh Hannon. Roisin Molloy. Claire Redican.
Sarah Burke.Emma Coleman. Katie Reynolds. Lauren Doddy. Megan Flannery. Bellinda Mitchell. Michaella Brennan. Hannah Walsh(0.04) Laoise Mc Donagh. Marie Connolly. Carol Coleman. Saoirse O Dowd. Ciara O Dowd(1.00). Mary Ann O Kenneddy(1.02). Caoimhe Finan.Megan Mc Faddan. Karen Henry. Laura Gannon. Megan Finan.