Thursday 19 April 2018

Cooley hit Mary's for six to claim title

COOLEY Kickhams created history when hitting St Mary's for six to claim the Girls U-12 Championship for the third year in succession.

On a lovely warm day in Stabannon they started well, forcing the Mary's keeper to make some fine saves, and with the half back line of Ciara Quinn, Aoife Gregory and Laura McKevitt-Grilles well on top, Cooley opened the scoring with a point from Niamh Rice.

Then followed two amazing goals from Katelyn Quinn who on each occasion ran straight at the Mary's defence and finished strongly to give the keeper no chance. Further scores from Niamh Rice, Evanna McCann and a great goal from Deborah Malone had Cooley well ahead at the break by 4-2 to 0-0.

Cooley started the second half as they finished the first, with the full back line of Hannah Kirwan, Aine McDonald and Orlaigh McGuigan providing great protection for Aoife McDaid in goal, and ensuring that chances for the Ardee side were kept to a minimum.

The forward line were also flying, with Kirsten Murray, Chaela Ferguson, Lauren O'Hare, Aoife Murphy, Caitlin Ross and Rebekah Woods showing great skill and movement.

Superb second-half performances by Shania Murphy, Sophie Challoner, Aoife Woods, Courtney McGlynn, Molly Hughes and Rosie McDaid showed how determined the peninsula side were to win the title.

St Mary's battled hard and were rewarded with a great goal, but with further scores from Player of the Match Niamh Rice and hat-trick hero Katelyn Quinn, who was also outstanding, Cooley ran out convincing winners.

Afterwards, Niamh Rice accepted the cup on behalf of her team, thanking the club and coaches as well as all the parents for their support throughout the year, and the challenge now is to make it four in a row in 2014!

The Argus