Lisgoold/Leamlara Ladies Football U14 D East Cork Champion’s!!!

On a sunny but cold and windy Sunday on the 23rd October in Cloyne, Lisgoold/Leamlara faced Cloyne in the U14D East Cork Championship Final. Winning the toss up before the game, Lisgoold/Leamlara decided to play with the strong wind which was blowing down the pitch. Once the ball was thrown in, it was Lisgoold/Leamlara who set the tone and tempo of the game, launching into the attack from the start. Within a few minutes, Lisgoold/Leamlara registered a fantastic goal to show their intentions from the off. The Cloyne goalkeeper and defence had the disadvantage of competing not only against the wind for their kick outs but also had to compete against the Lisgoold/Leamlara forwards, who were alert and ready for every ball. The Lisgoold/Leamlara forwards and midfield worked excellently together to make space and create opportunities to help them tally up some amazing scores in the first half. Cloyne also worked hard to get the ball up the pitch and on occasions looked like they could be dangerous if given the opportunity but some excellent defending and blocking by the Lisgoold/Leamlara midfield and backs, made sure Cloyne were not going to get anything easy in this game. Knowing the strong wind was to play a big part in this game, Lisgoold/Leamlara were relentless in attack in the first half, scoring 5-07 in total, with some outstanding scores among them.

Now facing into the wind, it was to be a different set up for Lisgoold/Leamlara in the second half. This was to be the true test of this fantastic team. Now aided with the wind, it was Cloyne’s turn to put the pressure on the Lisgoold/Leamlara defence. Although Lisgoold/Leamlara defended brilliantly the Cloyne forwards managed to get inside the cover to score a point and 2 goals after the restart. This alerted Lisgoold/Leamlara again and the work rate of all players increased. They knew they had to work even harder to bring the ball forward up the pitch, and with some excellent teamwork and passing, Lisgoold/Leamlara again scored some fantastic scores. Cloyne were not giving up and launched their own attacks with success on occasion, but it was the brave Lisgoold/Leamlara goalkeeper who denied them on getting further scores to bring them back into the game. With the addition of fresh legs in off the bench, who added to Lisgoold/Leamlara, they now pushed on to finish off this game and win in style with an impressive total of Lisgoold/Leamlara 9-09 to Cloyne 3-03.

A special mention must be given to 3 of our girls who sadly missed out on playing today due to injury but who were as much a part of the success of this team – we wish them all a speedy recovery! This victory was an unbelievable effort by the whole team. We could not be prouder of every single one of the girls. Well done and Congratulations girls!!!
Team: Emma Woulfe, Rachel Barry, Rhiona Sheehan, Leann O Mahony, Rachel Moynihan, Dara Kiniry, Sarah Rohan, Eilis Hegarty (2-00) Ella Woods (0-02) Jess Savage, Laura Murphy (0-03), Aine Hallahan (2-02), Claire McCarthy, Kalyssa Manning (5-02), Clodagh Moynihan, Roisin McSweeney, Theresa Geary, Meabh O Brien, Anna Morrissey (Inj), Mary-Ellen O Donnell (Inj), Aoife Brosnan (Inj).

We would like to thank everyone who came out and supported the team today and all year. Thank you to the parents for bringing the girls to training and for also providing refreshments after the final. Thank you to McCarthy’s Sportsworld in Glanmire who embroidered Hurley’s Supervalu Midleton Gear bags for our U14 East Cork Champions. Thank you to Geraldine Murphy for organising fixtures. Finally a huge thank you to the coaching team of Nicola Nagle, Edel O Riordan, Leanne Woods and Phil McCarthy who worked hard with the girls all year improving their football skills as well as their confidence and self-belief. We appreciate their time, dedication and commitment to this team and hope that this will be the first of many trophies for this talented Lisgoold/Leamlara team.

Thanks To Laura Manning for the Photographs.