U-11s. Championship Shield Final

U-11s. Championship Shield Final
Foxrock/Cabinteely U11s defeated St Judes 1-9 to 2-2
in a thrilling Championship Shield Final last Saturday, 9th October
at Frank Kelly Park, home of Ballyboden Wanderers GAA Club . Scorers
on the day were Hannah Burke(0-4), Jennifer Burke (0-2), Lorna O’Sullivan(0-2),
Aoife Geoghegan(0-1) and Aisling Fitzpatrick with the all important

Foxrock/Cabinteely controlled the early part of the game going
into a 4 point lead. Katie Fisher, Aoife Geoghegan and Ashling Fitzpatrick
worked tirelessly in the full forward line while team captain, Lorna
O’Sullivan, Hannah Burke and Jennifer Burke in the half forward
line tormented the Judes defence. Then a spirited comeback by St
Judes saw them notch up a goal and a point to even the score. In
truth Judes would have scored a lot more but for some tenacious
and skilful defending by the Foxrock/Cabinteely defensive unit of
Kate Schutte, Sarah Fenn, Rebecca Kelly in the full back line and
Aedin O’Donnell, Katie Mc Garry, Aoife O’Connell in the half

back line and goalkeeper Ellen Dooley. Only a fantastic point blank
save by the St judes goalkeeper denied Lauren O’Riordan a great
goal to put Foxrock/Cabinteely back in front. This save inspired
Judes and they notched up another

point before half time to lead at the break by 1 point, 0-4 to 1-2.

The 2nd half saw some changes in positions and personnel. Ellen
Dooley and Lauren O’ Riordan switched positions while Madeline Glynn,
Niamh Cullen and Ellen Boucher were introduced. Foxrock/Cabinteely
started with a renewed determination, intent on regaining and keeping
the lead. Emma Crotty and Ellen Dooley controlled midfield with
a great display of high fielding(spittle on the hands works every
time !!!). Foxrock/Cabinteely notched up a goal and 5 points to
for a commanding 7 point lead. Again

St. Judes weren’t finished. With 5 minutes to go, back St. Judes
came and scored another goal to cut the defecit to 4 points. Ailbhe
Keevey was introduced to help out the Foxrock/Cabinteely defence.
Tough defending ensured that there were no more scores with Foxrock/Cabinteely
running out 4 point winners 1-9 to 2-2.

The final whistle was greeted by ecstatic cheers and a team roll
down the hill from some very, very tired young footballers.

A special mention should go to substitutes on the day. They were
Alana Jones, Katie Flemming, Emily Suen, Ashling Cullen and Gemma
Mathews. They gave the girls on the pitch fantastic support throughout
the match.

This was a great team performance and just reward for the hard work
and effort all the girls have put in since last Feb.

Congratulations to the mentors Gerry Mc Garry, Fiona Burke, Margaret
Kavanagh and Sam O’Sullivan for their hard work and effort during
the year and also to parents Loretto, Patricia, Tony, Noelle, Paula
and Kathleen for helping with the medical, training and social needs
of the girls.

Also thanks to St Judes for a very sporting and spirited game and
to Ballyboden Wanderers GAA Club for the excellent facilities and
hospitality they showed us on the day.

Gerry Mc Garry.

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