Wednesday 18 October 2017

O'Callaghan leads Kingdom to retain crown

U-16 Ladies Football 'A' final: Kerry 3-21 Dublin 0-10

Kerry captain Ciara O’Brien celebrates. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Kerry captain Ciara O’Brien celebrates. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Kerry retained their All-Ireland U-16 crown after turning on the style and brushing aside Dublin in last night's final at McDonagh Park, Nenagh.

The Kingdom were outstanding from start to finish, claiming a fourth title in this grade with a clinical display to leave Dublin runners-up for the third time in four seasons.

Kerry's Bríd Ryan of Kerry in action against Dublin's Gráinne O'Driscoll. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Kerry's Bríd Ryan of Kerry in action against Dublin's Gráinne O'Driscoll. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Kerry built the foundations for this victory with a superb first-half performance, as they went in leading by 14 points at the break.

Graham Shine's young guns were 2-13 to 0-5 clear by the interval, having played with the aid of the breeze from the start.

By full-time, the margin had increased as player of the match Fiadhna Tangney and Aoife O'Callaghan collected 1-11 between them. Underage soccer international Hannah O'Donoghue showed her striking prowess by roaring through for a 17th-minute goal, a low shot past Áine Ryan.

The Naomh Barrog net-minder was beaten again in the 25th minute, however, as Kerry midfielder Bríd Ryan stabbed the ball home from close range.

Kerry's Hannah O'Donoghue in action against Dublin's Jodi Egan. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Kerry's Hannah O'Donoghue in action against Dublin's Jodi Egan. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Between them, Tangney and O'Callaghan collected eight points before half-time for Kerry, with O'Donoghue notching 1-1.

Kerry picked up where they left off in the second half as O'Callaghan converted a free before burying a 34th-minute penalty for Kerry's third goal, after Tangney was fouled.

scorers - Kerry: A O'Callaghan 1-5 (1-0 pen, 3f), F Tangney 0-6, H O'Donoghue 1-2, B Ryan 1-0, E McGlynn & M O'Carroll 0-2 each, A O'Reilly, S Lynch, N Ni Chonchuir & C Ni Luing 0-1 each. Dublin: C Holland 0-3 (2f), S Fagan & C O'Connor 0-2 each, J Egan, S McMahon & E Loughlin 0-1 each.

kerry - L Teahan; A Ni Mhathuna, T Breen, K Maher; C O'Brien, A O'Reilly, K O'Connor; B Ryan, N Ni Chonchuir; F Tangney, L Walmsley, S Lynch; E McGlynn, H O'Donoghue, A O'Callaghan. Subs: M O'Carroll for McGlynn (41), A Clifford for Ni Chonchuir (43), J Lucey for O'Donoghue (51), R Fitzgerald for Ni Mhathuna (56), C Ni Luing for Ryan (56).

dublin - Á Ryan; L Dempsey, L Davies, H Murphy; E Healy, S Fagan, M O'Dea; G O'Driscoll, N Hetherton; J Egan, R Brennan, C Murray; C O'Connor, S McMahon, C Holland.

Subs: E McCormack for McMahon (28), H Leahy for Murray (28), E Loughlin for Dempsey (h-t), S Wylde for Egan (54), K McNally for Holland (54).

ref - G Chapman (Sligo)

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