Monday 22 January 2018

Girls gain Gaynor Plate

THE WEXFORD Under-14 girls' squad travelled to Limerick recently and after some fantastic performances they came away with the Gaynor Plate.

The team set out their stall early in the tournament when proving too strong for Galway in their opening game, winning 4-0 thanks to two goals each from Kate Hendrick and Sinéad Ryan.

They followed this up with a scoreless draw against Limerick Desmond League in a game that Wexford dominated but could not put the ball in the net. Kate Hendrick scored a fantastic header against Inishowen on Saturday evening but unfortunately it was not enough as the impressive Ulster side ran out 3-1 winners.

Sligo-Leitrim had looked very impressive in the opening games and the tie between them and Wexford would go a long way on deciding who would come out of Group B.

The extreme wet conditions on Sunday morning meant this match was delayed as several of the pitches in University of Limerick were waterlogged, but both sides produced a very competitive encounter when they did meet and with little between the teams, it was no suprise the game ended scoreless.

Wexford's final group game was against a young Kerry side where goals from Rianna Cullen, Aoife Hennessy, Dearbhla Doyle, Siobhán Doolan, Aoife Cloke-Rochford as well as two from Aoife McCrea gave them a comfortable 7-0 win.

These results found Wexford in third place and through to the semi-final of the Gaynor Plate where they came up against the Midlands Schoolgirls League, and a spectacular volley from Sinéad Ryan proved to be the only goal of an intriguing encounter so Wexford went into the final against Clare.

The final proved to be a thrilling match between two very evenly-matched sides and it was Wexford who took the lead when the very impressive Sinéad Ryan scored in the first-half. Clare showed their resilience and a goal midway through the second-half saw them get back on level terms and no further goals saw the game go to penalties.

Wexford had been practicing penalties in the build-up to this tournament and this paid off as the shoot-out moved to sudden death before the girls in pink lifted the plate, winning 6-5. Leinster Provincial Officer Emma English-Byrne presented the victorious Wexford side with the Gaynor Plate to spark off some very exuberant celebrations. Well done to everyone involved.

Squad: Dawn Freegrove (Killenagh Wanderers), Bríd Byrne (Bree United), Aoife Codd (Bree United), Niamh Bennett (Curracloe United), Aoife McCrea (Moyne Rangers), Aoife Hennessy (Ballindaggin), Niamh ClokeRochford (Bree United), Kate Hendrick (Bunclody AFC), Michaela McDonald (Bunclody AFC), Denise Bolger (Tombrack United), Megan Cahill (Killenagh Wanderers), Sinéad Gaynor (Killenagh Wanderers), Sinéad Ryan (Campile United), Gráinne Ryan (Campile United), Siobhán Doolan (Curracloe United), Natasha Byrne (North End United), Kayleigh Shannon (Seaview United), Rianna Cullen (Curracloe United), Leah Arnold (New Ross Town), Dearbhla Doyle (Curracloe United).

Manager: Barry Dempsey. Coaches: Tommy Gaynor, Aine Murphy. Minders: Tracey Nolan, Edel Kennedy, Laura Heffernan.

The league, management and players would like to thank everyone who helped and travelled to Limerick to support the team.

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