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O’Farrell hat-trick helps Éire Óg reach ‘A’ final

Greystones side too good for AGB 

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The Éire Óg team who defeated AGB in the under-14 'A' football semi-final.

The Éire Óg team who defeated AGB in the under-14 'A' football semi-final.

The Éire Óg team who defeated AGB in the under-14 'A' football semi-final.

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Éire Óg Greystones 6-5

After a clinical and relentless showing from Éire Óg at a sun drenched Ballymoney on Sunday evening, they sealed their spot in the under-14 ‘A’ final. It was a fantastic and entertaining game between the two sides and, despite the score line, AGB fought until the end.

With a place in the championship final at stake, both sides started the affair slightly nervous. It was Éire Óg who created the most chances early on with Lucy O’Leary and Lauren O’Leary looking dangerous.

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Just after the tenth minute, the deadlock was broken and after Lauren O’Leary’s free dropped just short, Lucy O’Leary gathered superbly and finished on the half turn to score her side’s opening goal of the game.

AGB responded immediately from their kick out. Full forward Aine McKerr went on a fantastic solo run from her own 45-yard line. A give and go with centre forward Ailbhe Cullen helped carve open the Éire Óg defence for the first time, before McKerr calmly slotted the ball over the bar.

AGB struggled with their opponent’s constant running off the shoulder and this is how they conceded for the second time. Kitty O’Beirne and Ciara O’Farrell linked up well and after O’Beirne’s shot was saved by AGB netminder Freya Molloy, the ball fell into the path of the dangerous Lucy O’Leary who finished yet again from close range.

The home side bounced back through another piece of individual brilliance. This time from Jade Carroll. After a long ball forward from Erin Byrne, Carroll found herself isolated inside the Éire Óg half. This didn’t stop the AGB corner forward as she embarked on a wonderful solo run, before finishing into the top corner to bring her side within two points of Éire Óg.

Sadly, for the Arklow side, this was as good as it got in the first period and after Ciara O’Farrell’s goal midway through the first period, they extended their lead with points from Lucy O’Leary and Jordan Winterbach to send Éire Óg into the break with a 3-2 to 1-1 lead.

The second half saw an even more composed and comfortable showing from Éire Óg who really grew into the occasion. An injury to AGB sharpshooter Aine McKerr also didn’t help their cause.

The visitors started the second half with two quick fire goals to put the game to bed early on courtesy of Kitty O’Beirne and Ciara O’Farrell.

AGB replied with a point of their own from Jade Carroll, but their scores dried up after her point. Caoimhe Davis’s free helped edge them closer to the final before Ciara O’Farrell secured her hat trick midway through the half.

The north Wicklow side put the icing on the cake with two scores from midfielder Lauren O’Leary who was instrumental in the engine room throughout the game.

It was a terrific showing from Éire Óg to overcome a strong AGB side and it will take a lot to stop them from lifting the under-14 ‘A’ championship title.

AGB: Freya Molloy; Ruby Healy, Eabha Gaffney Doyle, Rebecca Cleary; Zoe Byrne, Sadhbh Ward, Aimee Fox; Carol Wolohan, Erin Byrne; Layla Cahill, Ailbhe Cullen, Aoife McGrath; Jade Carroll (1-1), Aine McKerr (0-1), Clea Kinsella. Subs: Ailish Giles for Aine McKerr (40), Jamie Kenny for Aoife McGrath (45), Naoise Ni Chonchuir for Clea Kinsella (45).

Éire Óg: Rebecca O’Connor; Maisie Grey, Naoimi Wall, Siofra O’Farrell; Isabella O’Farrell, Ella Andrews, Erica Sommers; Thea Sterritt, Lauren O’Leary (0-2,1f); Jordan Whitelock (0-1), Grace Rush, Caoimhe Davis (0-1,1f); Ciara O’Farrell (3-0), Kitty O’Beirne (1-0), Lucy O’Leary (2-1). Subs: Aoibhe Keating for Rebecca O’Connor (50), Laoise O’Gorman for Kitty O’Beirne (50).

Referee: John Bermingham


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