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Girls Football: House is in order as Ebbs hits high

MANOR HOUSE completed a memorable week with victory over Scoil Dara in this Leinster ladies junior football final.

Earlier in the week, these Raheny girls had clinched the camogie final at Ballyboden, before losing a Leinster senior football final, and this victory over Scoil Dara ended the five-day stretch on a high note.

Their tough week meant they went into this clash undaunted, with finals experience galore, and a strong first-half performance was crucial to their efforts.

The Kilcock girls rallied after the interval and got within a point before goals from Andrea Curley and Siobhan Killeen saw the trophy head to the northside.

Captain Roseanne Maguire dedicated the win to former team-mate Eilis O'Leary, a figure who played an important role in bringing Gaelic football to the school, who passed away late last year.

And the Manor House girls did her proud, as Lauren Ebbs -- who featured in all three finals -- showed no signs of fatigue and struck for a first-half hat-trick.

Dublin U16 goalkeeper Therese O'Connor missed the game with an illness, but Emily Rheinish deputised brilliantly and produced a string of fine saves to deny Scoil Dara, who trailed at the break.

The Kildare students showed signs of nerves in the first half while they were playing against a defence led by Cara Moloney and Lynsey Keating, who both led from the front with crucial interventions.

Midfielders Bronagh Fagan and Maguire were going strongly as their side led at the break, but it was a different Scoil Dara who emerged after the break, and they might have got closer had they been more accurate in front of goal.

They were helped from the back by Aoife Weston and Taylor Little, while substitutes Anne Murphy and Niamh Dalton made an impact off the bench.


A goal from Keilidh Dalton and a host of frees from skipper Lisa Kelly dragged the scoreline closer. Grace White contributed with some fine points before Shauna Doyle kicked the score that had her team-mates believing the cup could be theirs as they trailed by a point.

But up stepped Curley and Killeen to rescue the win for Manor House and take the cup to Raheny.

MANOR HOUSE: Emily Rheinish, Amy Campbell, Kate Fitzgibbon, Cara Moloney, Sara Gibbons, Aoife McHenry, Lynsey Keating, Siobhan Killeen, Kate Egan, Andrea Curley, Roisin Meehan, Ashley Kane, Lauren Ebbs, Bronagh Fagan, Roseanne Maguire. Subs: Mary Egan, Emma Farrelly, Gemma Dawson, Lauren Shannon, Kelly Garbet.

SCOIL DARA: Niamh Geraghty, Yvonne Leonard, Orla Keoghegan, Ciara Leonard, Taylor Little, Eileen Conneely, Aideen Smyth, Aoife Weston, Deirbhle Mulvihill, Hannah Cullen, Keilidh Dalton, Shauna Doyle, Aoife Grogan, Grace White, Lisa Kelly. Subs: Anne Murphy, Niamh Dalton, Laura Forde, Sarah Jane Farley, Careen Farrell, Katie Queeney.