St Louis beat Pres Galway to win the Schools U-19



St. Louis, Monaghan 5-11 Presentation College, Tuam

Personal tallies of 3-2 and 1-6 from Bonnie Fleming
and Therese Mc Nally respectively helped St. Louis Convent,
Monaghan to the All-Ireland U19 title at Longford yesterday.
As holders Tuam entered the game hot favourites but
they had no answer to the superior team play of the
Ulster champions. After an even first quarter St. Louis
led by 1-2 to 1-1. Presentation made the better start
with Edel Concannon sending over after 25 seconds. The
brilliant Fleming equalised with St. Louis’s next attack.
Una Carroll put the Galway side in front again with
a point from a free. The Convent then got their first
goal when Fleming latched on to an Aine Mulligan knock
down and buried the ball to the net. Therese Mc Nally
then added another point before Tuam’s Helen Mc Hugh
fired in a goal after a defensive error by the Convent.In
the second quarter it was all Louis. Yvonne Connell
was upended in the square and Aine Mulligan dispatched
the penalty with great style. Four points followed from
Fleming, Connell, Mulligan and Mc Nally to give the
Monaghan side a halt time lead 2-6 to 1-2.

Orla Mc Carville
receiving the U19 schools cup from Geraldine Giles
St. Louis had a dream start to the second
half as Bonnie Fleming scored a goal with their first
attack. Tuam battled away and full forward Sheila Fitzgerald
sent over just before Una Carroll scored the first of
her three goals. Therese Mc Nally who was everywhere
sent over three consecutive points from play. Fitzgerald
scored another point for Tuam, which was quickly cancelled
by Helen Hughes. Over the next five minutes there were
four goals scored. Firstly Bonnie Fleming caught a high
centre, beat three Galway defenders and crashed the
ball to the net. Tuam replied with an unstoppable drive
from Una Carroll which keeper Dolores Gillanders had
no chance with. The lively Therese Mc Nally then finished
another of her powerful runs with a super goal. Carroll
finished her hatrick but it was much to little to late.
The Convent finished with a flurry, which seen Mc Nally
and Bronagh Mc Aree both send over. This result is truly
remarkable, as St. Louis does not have a football pitch.
The team have been training at two venues in Monaghan
since November and many of the players have missed their
buses home due to the commitment. Now that the school
have won the title the sacrifice has all been worth
St. Louis – D.Gillanders, G.Mullen,
C.Murray, G.Treanor, N.Sherry, O.Mc Carville, G. Mc
Nally, L.Hughes, H.Hughes (0-1), C.Connolly, T.Mc Nally
(1-6), B.Fleming (3-2), M.Reilly, A.Mulligan (1-1) and
L.Mc Cague.

Subs Used – Y.Connell (0-1), C.West, A.Kerr, B.
Mc Aree (0-1) and M.Beggan

Presentation Tuam – L.Morris, A.Higgins, M.Brennan,
L.Gilmore, C.Joyce, S.Hanley, L.Comer, E.Concannon (0-1),
D.Heverin, U.Carroll (3-1), M.Savage, K.Canavan, S.Fitzgerald
(0-2), H.Mc Hugh (1-0)

Referee – Joe Murray (Dublin)

Report and pictures by Paul Swift (Ulster PRO)

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