Emphatic victory for Cooley U14 girls
Cooley U14 girls played St Pats in the Division 1 Championship final in Dromiskin on Saturday last. The Cooley girls had been in top form all season and were hoping to finish the season as champions.
They started very strongly and settled into the match immediately, Anna Dawson passing to Siabh Morgan who took her point with ease. Siabh rounded her marker once more and this time found the back of the net and moments later from a Kateyln Murphy free Aislinn White added another goal.
Siabh and Anna combined again with Katelyn Murphy on the end of it pointing from play. Katie O Rourke added another point. Lucy White fielding well in the middle added another point.
Siabh Morgan on fire in the corner passed to Katelyn Murphy who found the net once more. The Pats responded with a goal. However with Siabh Morgan having the better of her marker was punishing them hard with her blistering first half performance and added another goal and point. A fantastic move from Cooley saw them open up the Pats defence once more and a shot from Katie O Rourke rattled the cross bar. The Pats added another goal before Katie O Rourke found the net. Half Time Cooley 5-5 Pats 2-0. Cooley were on top in all positions and their play was a joy to watch.
They opened the second half with a number of wides before Lucy White and Katelyn Murphy both pointed. Katie O Rourke then tore through the defence once more, passing to Sarah Walker who found the net.
Cooley introduced fresh legs to keep the pressure on. The Pats added four points, Hazel Malone playing a leaders role throughout then cleared the ball on the full back line, stormed through the middle passed to Chloe Mc Carragher to headed straight for goal and hit the back of the net. Katie O'Rourke added another point to leave the final score Cooley 7-8 St Pats 2-4
This was an emphatic victory for Cooley and nothing short of what the girls deserved. Every girl on the squad played their part. Katie Mc Guinnes had a fine save in the first half, backs Tara White, Hazel Malone and Niamh Donnelly cleared the ball throughout, half backs Sarah Wallker, Orlaith Daly and Chloe Mc Carragher were immense, Lucy White (player of the match) and Anna Dawson were superb in midfield, Aislinn White, Katie O Rourke and Sarah Walker powerful in attack and the full forwards Katelyn Murphy, Ciara Murphy and Siabh Morgan were simply brilliant.
Subs Caitlin Savage, Sarah Mallon, Chloe Boyle, Ciara Boyle and Stacey Murray all kept the momentum going when introduced and did exactly what was asked of them, encouragement from Annie Dunne, Ellen Callan, Eilis Murphy and Myah Ward never waned.