Report: Kildare end Dublin's long reign as Leinster U16 A champions

Leinster U16 A final

Dublin 2-10
Kildare 2-17

Kildare and Dublin U16A Ladies clashed in the Leinster U16A Leinster Final hosted by Ballymore Eustace GAA, Kildare.

It was a mixed afternoon weather-wise, with conditions slightly damp and slippery underfoot.

A great turnout, all in anticipation for a great match, and Dublin looking for the ninth in a row at U16 level.

Both teams started strong from the throw in.

Dublin were first on the scoreboard with a point, but it was even scoring for the next few minutes, Kildare 1-01 to Dublin 1-01 in the first seven minutes, with Kildare’s scores coming from the boot of Jodie Flanagan.

Kildare then started to pull forward with a series of scores from Aoife Rattigan and Orlaith Sullivan.

The quality of these scores was fantastic. Dublin pushed forward in the final few minutes of the first half in a bid to increase their score tally, however the Kildare defence proved very strong, producing two great saves to maintain the 6 point lead at half time.

Half Time Score  Kildare 1-08 (11)  Dublin 1-01 (4).

After an enthralling first half, it would transpire that the first ten minutes of the second half would shape the remainder of the game.

Dublin were first on the scoreboard again with a point in the 5th minute.

However Kildare were on form today, racking up 1-02 in the space of 60 seconds, Orlaith and Aoife again combining well to produce these scores.

The following 10 minutes was all Kildare. Kildare now held a strong lead.  Dublin were not done yet, showing great character and determination, Dublin put in a great effort to pull back 1-04 well into injury time.

Final Score  Kildare 2-17 (23)  Dublin 2-10 (16)

Credit to the Kildare back line who contained a mammoth attack from the Dublin forwards in the closing stages of the game. Great credit to both sides.  A fantastic game to watch!  Congratulations to Kildare on their win.

Kildare Team:  Eleanor Traynor, Lisa Shaw, Ellie Fitzpatrick, Deirdre Doyle, Ciara Price (0-01), Laoise Lenehan (C), Kelly Riordan, Sarah Rose Merrick, Katie O’Loughlin, Sally Kielty (0-02), Aoife Rattigan (1-06), Ruth Birchall (0-01), Orlaith Sullivan (0-04), Jodie Flanagan (1-03), Haley McCormack

Olivia Zawadka, Emma Carroll, Sally Murphy, Maria Kelly, Ciara Dunne, Caoimhe Whiteley, Ciara Fennelly, Niamh Krahn, Kim Morrissey, Sinead McKeon, Elaine Keon, Mia Supple, Gillian Wheeler, Mia Doherty, Eva Turley

Subs Used: Mia Supple, Sally Murphy, Emma Carroll, Maria Kelly, Elaine Keon

Dublin Team:  Abby Shiels, Ava Egan, Tammy Quinn, Julie Grimes, Aoibhe Walsh, Lauren Young, Kerri Owens (C), Shauna Buckley, Sarah O’Leary, Caitlin Coffey, Amy O’Brien, Rachel Fagan, Ellen Gribbin, Ciara McCarthy, Sophie McGlynn

Eve Guerien, Aoife Coffey, Karla Conway, Grace Dent, Lily Heaney, Claire Rigney, Chole Johnston, Lucy O’Shea, Alanna Kelly, Leona Barry, Fiona Isdell, Grace Codd, Ciara Murrary, Katie Lovely

Subs Used: Aoife Coffey, Karla Conway, Lily Heaney, Alanna Kelly


Sent By: Clane LGFC PRO, Ann Moran


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