Previews and squad lists: Time to crown the 2019 All-Ireland U16 Champions

THE All-Ireland U16 Ladies Football champions for 2019 will be crowned this evening, Wednesday, July 24.

In Banagher, Galway will aim for a third successive crown in the A grade, when they take on Meath.

Also in county Offaly, but at St Brendan’s Park in Birr, Longford and Waterford lock horns in the B decider, while it’s the meeting of Louth and Sligo in the C Final in Mullahoran, Co. Cavan.

All three games will get underway at 7pm.

All-Ireland U16 A Final

Galway v Meath; St Rynagh’s, Banagher, 7pm 

Galway are the holders and aiming to win the title for a fifth time.

The girls from the West won back-to-back All-Ireland U16 A crowns last year, and now they’re going for three-in-a-row.

Meath, in contrast, are back in the All-Ireland U16 A Final for the first time since 2009, when the Royal County defeated Donegal to take the title.

That was Meath’s third All-Ireland U16 A Championship win, following previous successes in 2000 and 2001.

In both of those years at the start of the ‘noughties’, Meath got the better of Galway in Finals. They’ll hope for a similar result this evening.

In their semi-finals, Galway and Meath got past the challenges of Cork and Cavan respectively.

Galway were extremely impressive in their victory over Cork while Meath looked really good as they accounted for Cavan.

Galway have the Final experience, and that could prove crucial. In total, there are seven players named who lined out from the start in the gripping 2018 Final victory over Kerry, a classic tie in Toomevara that went to extra-time.

Kate Slevin scored 1-7 in the 2018 Final and will line out again in this one, while Chellene Trill, who was player of the match against the Kingdom 12 months ago, captains the side.


1 Alana Griffin Claregalway
2 Samantha Fahy Kilkerrin Clonberne
3 Emma Madden Salthill Knocknacarra
4 Shauna Brennan Claregalway
5 Kiara Kearney Claregalway
6 Chellene Trill Claregalway
7 Emily O’Connor Corofin
8 Ellen Power Maigh Cuilinn
9 Mairéad Glynn Dunmore McHales
10 Illena Davoren Maigh Cuilinn
11 Verona Crowley Naomh Mhuire
12 Caoimhe Cleary Bearna
13 Laura Kelly Salthill Knocknacarra
14 Eva Noone Kilkerrin Clonberne
15 Kate Slevin Claregalway
16 Roseanna Bailey Naomh Anna Leitir Moir
17 Marta Banek Oughterard
18 Eabha Nic Dhonnacha Micheal Breathnachs
19 Lucy Hynes Maigh Cuilinn
20 Caitlin Boyle Kilkerrin Clonberne
21 Laura Scanlon Claregalway
22 Hannah Walsh Claregalway
23 Molly Mulryan Caltra Cuans
24 Therese Kinneavy Killannin
25 Aoibhe O’Flynn Claregalway
26 Katie Flaherty Grainne Mhaols
27 Sophie Cunningham St. Gabriels.
28 Ciara Hegarty Annaghdown
29 Cailin Keaveney Glenamaddy Williamstown
30 Aisling Quinn Naomh Mhuire


1 Aoibheann Corcoran Moynalvey
2 Karla Kealy Royal Gaels
3 Emma Jane McKeon Gaeil Colmcille
4 Emma Regan Na Fianna
5 Zoe Matthews Dunderry
6 Laura McEnery Simonstown
7 Megan Clarke Seneschalstown
8 Ellen Brodigan St Colmcilles
9 Tori Foster-Carroll St Patricks
10 Alanna McNulty Dee Rangers
11 Amy O’ Dowd Skyrne
12 Ciara Smyth Skyrne
13 Nicole Smith Oldcastle
14 Lara O’ Neil Castletown
15 Niamh McEntee Royal Gaels
16 Ciara Blake Navan O’ Mahonys
17 Clara MacAnna Royal Gaels
18 Ciara Lawlor Donaghmore / Ashbourne
19 Robyn O’Byrne St Patricks
20 Amy O’Leary Blackhall Gaels
21 Kirsten Massey Clonard
22 Anna Wogan Seneschalstown
23 Aisling Martyn Slane
24 Katie Lenehan Duleek / Bellewstown
25 Avia Savage Gaeil Colmcille
26 Zoe Kirwan Seneschalstown
27 Ella O’ Rourke St Colmcilles
28 Sarah Muldoon Bective
29 Rachel Casserly St Ultans
30 Hannah Nolan Dunboyne

All-Ireland U16 B Final

Longford v Waterford; St Brendan’s Park, Birr, 7pm 

This evening’s opponents are hoping to succeed Mayo as All-Ireland U16 B champions, and  Longford have some pedigree in the All-Ireland U16 Championships.

The Midlanders won the All-Ireland U16 B title back in 2011 and just three years ago, they were crowned All-Ireland U16 C champions.

Indeed, when you consider that Longford boast a 100 per cent record from appearances in All-Ireland U16 Finals, that’s an impressive strike rate.

In the 1990s, Waterford were a formidable force in the All-Ireland U16 A Championship, winning five titles in 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996 and 1998.

In more recent times, the Déise have tasted success in the All-Ireland U16 B Championship twice, in 2015 and 2017, while they were also All-Ireland U16 B Shield winners in 2009.

In their semi-finals, Longford and Waterford got past the challenges of Tyrone and Roscommon respectively.

Interestingly, Longford and Waterford scored five goals each in those games, and green flags were critical to the outcome of both fixtures, as Tyrone and Roscommon registered more points than their opponents.


1 Riane McGrath Killoe
2 Avril Wilson Ballymore
3 Teni Alaba Clonguish
4 Grace Kenny Longford Slashers
5 Caoimhe McCormack Carrickedmond
6 Aoife Donnelly St. Helens
7 Leah Shannon Carrickedmond
8 Grace Shannon Longford Slashers
9 Melissa O’Kane St. Brigids
10 Elle Lynn Mostrim
11 Lauren McGuire Carrickedmond
12 Sarah Tully Killoe
13 Kamille Burke Clonguish
14 Molly Mulvhill Grattans
15 Kate Shannon Longford Slashers
17 Caoimhe Mulvey Carrickedmond
18 Keeva Gillen St. Brigids
19 Casey McNamara Carrickedmond
20 Emma McGuire Carrickedmond
21 Zara Mulvihill Rathcline
22 Shauna Heaney Ballymore
23 Jill Glennon Longford Slashers
24 Laura Valentine Grattans
25 Emma Howlin Grattans
26 Katelyn McKeon Clonguish
27 Ella Duggan Clonguish
28 Marie Rehill Killoe


1 Nessa  Nic Iomhair Old Parish
2 Megan O’Grady Ballymacarbry
3 Eabha  Gough Stradbally
4 Rachel Jones Gaultier
5 Róise Ni Mhuiri Kilrossanty  Brickeys
6 Gretta Nugent Ballymacarbry
7 Ella O’Neill  © Clashmore/Kinsalebeg
8 Eve Power St Pats
9 Bríd  McMaugh Ballymacarbry
10 Hayley Phelan Stradbally
11 Eimear Quirke Ballymacarbry
12  Catherine Hynes Shamrocks
13 Claire Walsh Ballymacarbry
14 Aine O’Neill Kilrossanty  Brickeys
15 Aoife Brazil Stradbally
16 Cliodhna Mcgrath Abbeyside
17 Meave Sheridan Gaultier
18 Sarah O’Brien Ballyduff  Upper
19 Megan Keogh Clashmore/Kinsalebeg
20 Dara Fitzgerald Gaultier
21 Kate Kilgrew Dungarvan
22 Kelly Nic Seoin Old Parish
23 Aobhla Motherway Shamrocks
24 Molly Kenny Ballyduff Upper
25 Keera Curran Comeragh Rangers
26 Orlaith Kennedy Comeragh Rangers
27 Emma power Kilrossanty Brickeys
28 Lia Cunningham Kilrossanty Brickeys
29 Kaylynn Broxson Comeragh Rangers
30 Laura Morrissey Abbeyside

All-Ireland U16 C Final

Louth v Sligo; Mullahoran, Co. Cavan, 7pm 

Louth have appeared in an All-Ireland U16 final, the B decider in 2016, but the Wee County lost out to Tipperary on that occasion.

For Sligo, this is a very first All-Ireland U16 Final and it should be an occasion to savour for both of the competing teams.

In their semi-finals, Louth and Sligo got past the challenges of Armagh and Clare respectively. Louth delivered an impressive display against neighbours Armagh, registering a 2-7 to 0-6 win.

Sligo, meanwhile, scored five goals in their 5-5 to 1-9 victory against Clare.


1 Rebecca Lambe Fagan Dowdallshill
2 Amy Farrell Glyde Rangers
3 Caitlin O’Reilly Oliver Plunketts
4 Áine Carolan Glen Emmets
5 Ella McEntaggert Kilkerley Emmets
6 Kelly Carolan Cooley Kickhams
7 Louise Johnson O’Raghallaighs
8 Sophie Turley Naomh Fionnbarra
9 Mia Duffy St. Marys
10 Ava Briscoe St. Feckins
11 Rachel Leonard Glen Emmets
12 Róisín Maguire St. Kevins
13 Abi Keenan Roche Emmets
14 Ellen McBride St. Brides
15 Seona Halligan Roche Emmets
16 Kerry Ann Darcy Geraldine’s
17 Rachel Hynes St. Patricks
18 Emily Johnson O’Raghallaighs
19 Alice Ferguson Cooley Kickhams
20 Sarah Gilmore Westerns
21 Laoise McElroy Cooley Kickhams
22 Kaylin Nugent Newtown Blues
23 Caoimhe Crichton Dowdallshill
24 Leah McArdle Geraldines
25 Katie Conlon St. Patricks
26 Sinéad Kneel Kilkerley Emmets
27 Neasa Reilly Geraldine’s
28 Evelyn Donnelly St. Patricks
29 Kate Kelly Newtown Blues
30 Caoimhe Boyle Stabannon Parnells


1 Cría Flanagan St. Nathys
2 Emma Norman Calry St. Josephs
3 Orla Fleming Tourlestrane
4 Marianne Kelly St. Molaise Gaels
5 Casey Cox St. Mary’s
6 Ellen Hamilton St. Molaise Gaels
7 Amy Kennedy Tourlestrane
8 Laura Oates Calry St. Josephs
9 Caoimhe Connor Drumcliffe Rosses Point
10 Maeve Molloy Eastern Harps
11 Shona Dalton Coolera Strandhill
12 Aoibhe O’Brien CT Gaels
13 Leah Duffy Eoghan Rua
14 Fiona Feeney Eoghan Rua
15 Maeve Casserley Drumcliffe Rosses Point
17 Ellie McDermott Shamrock Gaels
18 Kayla Breheny St. Mary’s
19 Ellen Feeney Eoghan Rua
20 Laura Foody Eoghan Rua
21 Avril Boland Eoghan Rua
22 Lorraine Oates Drumcliffe Rosses Point
23 Amy Connolly St. Nathys
24 Riona Hannon Eastern Harps
25 Diana McDonagh St. Mary’s
26 Cora Gilligan Tourlestrane
27 Ciara Henry CT Gaels
28 Sarah Kiernan St. Molaise Gaels
29 Erin Taheny Owenmore Gaels
30 Keela Scanlon Drumcliffe Rosses Point

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