Match Report and photos of the Dublin U-16 Team

Dublin girls shatter Cork’s three in a row dreams

 

Click here to go to Seamus Goldricks photos
in the Photo Gallery Page

Congratulations to the Dublin U-16 Ladies Football Team who comprehensively
defeated Cork in the All-Ireland U-16 Final in Cashel, Co. Tipperary
on Saturday 16th September.

 

Dublin comprehensively shattered Cork’s bid for the three-in-a-row
All-Ireland U-16 titles and deprived the Rebels of a clean sweep
of All-Ireland titles at underage level. Dublin dominated throughout
and at half-time they the score line readDublin: 2-10 to Cork: 1-3.
Dublin had 1- 4 on the scoreboard through Noelle Healy (St. Brigid’s);
Natalia Hyland (Ballyboden St. Enda’s); Sinead Cullen (Skerries
Harps)1-0 and Deborah Geraghty (Castleknock) 0-2, before Rhona Buckley
opened Cork’s account with a point from a free. That sparked
a revival for Cork as Miss Buckley added 2 more points and Grace
Kearney was at the end of a fine move to shoot to the net. That
was as good as it got for Cork. Dublin again took over and scored
1-6 without reply.

Dublin scored a goal and a point in the opening minute of the second-half.
Two brilliant penalties were saved by the truly outstanding Dublin
goalkeeper, Hannah Tyrell (Round Tower Clondalkin) who denied Cork
the goals they badly needed. Dublin certainly had their homework
done with very effective curtailment of Cork’s main threat
Rhona Buckley. Nevertheless, Cork did score 7 points through Rhona,
0-3. Claire Keohane 0-2 Eleanor Ahern 0-1 and Ciara O’Sullivan
0-1. Dublin’s two late goals were to be decisive in the end.
Dublin’s victory was sweet, having being on the receiving end
of defeat at the hands of Cork in several previous All-Ireland Finals.

Scorers:

Dublin: Sinead Cullen 2-2 Natalia Hyland 1-2 Noelle Healy 1-1 Aisling
Johnson 0-4 Deborah Gegarty 0-4 Niamh McEvoy 1-0 Amy Connolly 0-1
Sinead Loughra 0-1 Sinead Goldrick 0-1.

Cork: Rhona Buckley 0-6 Grace Kearney 1-0 Claire Keohane 0-2 Ciara
O’Sulllivan 0-1 Eleanor Aherne 0-1

 

Full-Time score: Dublin: 5-16; Cork: 1-10.

 

Captain, Niamh McEvoy (St. Sylvester’s), accompanied by her
team and ‘Player of the Match’: (Goalkeeper): Hannah Tyrrell
(Round Tower Clondalkin) proudly brought the long-awaited All-Ireland
Cup on its homeward journey to the Capital.

 

A Garda escort accompanied the victorious Dubs back to a reception
in Naomh Mearnog on Saturday night. The victorious team was lead
by a piper, Michael Foy to the adulation of the waiting crowd, parents,
friends and many supporters.

 

“As Co. Board Chairperson, I am particularly proud of the
achievements of this U-16 Team. Skill and determination throughout
the championship ensured All-Ireland glory for this excellent group
of extremely talented players. I salute the team: Dermot Connolly
and his management team who inspired the team to victory over Cork.
The Rebels – truly well-seasoned campaigners, no strangers
to All-Ireland success yielded to the superiority of the Dubs. Overall,
the future prospects are promising, and I have no doubt whatever
but many of these accomplished athletes will taste success again
at Minor and feature on a Dublin Senior panel in the not too distant
future
” (John Hillery)

Click here to go to Seamus Goldricks photos
in the Photo Gallery Page

 

 

 

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