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Red hot favourites AGB triumphed in the ladies U-14 Feile competition held on Saturday 12th April in St. Pats grounds, Wicklow Town.
AGB overcame a gallant St. Pats team in the final on a score of 8-5 to 0-0. AGB will go on to represent Wicklow in the All Ireland Feile competition in July which this year will be hosted by Cavan. Both teams will also represent Wicklow in the Leinster Feile which will be held on 31st May 2008 in Kildare.
Six teams took part in the competition and the county board are very appreciative of St. Pats Club which made their facilities available at very short notice.
Group A consisted of AGB, Coolkenno and An Tochar. AGB kicked off the competition by overpowering An Tochar in the first match. Both Sarah Kavanagh and Laura Kavanagh tried very hard for An Tochar but AGB had too much power. Vivienne Walsh, Emma Marshall and Erinne Murphy played well for AGB.
AGB followed up with a victory over Coolkenno. Coolkenno struggled to cope with AGB’s speed and fitness, with Ciera Callanan, Rebecca Bowles and Suzanne O’Neill trying hard. For AGB Kayleigh Crammond with 5-1 and Aife Kavanagh with 4-5 did most of the damage.
The match between Coolkenno and An Tochar was a ding dong affair with both teams evenly matched. Coolkenno with Elaine Keogh and Shauna Birmingham prominent managed to get vital scores and triumphed by 4-1 to 0-0.
Group B consisted of St. Pats, Carnew and Bray Emmetts. St. Pats kicked off their campaign with a comprehensive victory by 5-2 to 0-0 over Bray Emmetts. Aisling Hayden and Niamh McGettigan catching the eye for St. Pats with Emily Stephenson and Sorcha Cremmin prominent for Bray.
Carnew then defeated Bray Emmetts by one point in the most exciting of games. This match could have gone either way but Libby Lancaster, Chloe Turner and Suzie Simpsons efforts just about got Carnew home. In the final match of the group St. Pats defeated Carnew by 3-3 to 1-0. Again there wasn’t much between the teams and had Carnews shooting been more accurate the result could have been different.
The semi-final parings were decided by lottery and Coolkenno were unlucky to draw AGB again with St. Pats playing Carnew.
AGB overwhelmed Coolkenno despite the best efforts of Suzanne O’Neill, Shauna Birmingham and Laura Bean. AGB could afford to introduce a number of substitutes including Beth Murphy, Joy O’Brien, Paula Maher and Holly O’Brien, all of whom contributed to a large win for AGB. In the second semi-final St. Pats overcame a game Carnew team. St. Pats fitness proved too much for Carnew, Jennifer Lyons was very safe in goal with Tara Quinn, Laura Leonard and Orla Mc Naulty playing key roles in the victory.
The final was competitive in the first half with St. Pats defending stoutly and restricted AGB forwards initially. However the experience of inter county players Aife Kavanagh, Keyleigh Crammond, Aine O’Reilly, Calvin Swart, Shauna Fleming, Hannah Tew and Naomi Roche eventually told and AGB ran out winners by 8-5 to 0-0. Crammond scored 5-1 Kavanagh 3-2 and Fleming 0-2.
AGB proved worthy winners. They were the pre tournament favourites and lived up to their billing. They only conceded one point in the course of their four games. They can expect much tougher opposition in the Leinster and All-Ireland competitions.
A special thanks to Gerry Corbett and Michelle Brown who referees all the matches and again to St. Pats Club who made their facilities available at very short notice.

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