Bank of Ireland FAI Schools Junior Girls National Cup Final
Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise 4-0 Presentation Secondary School, Thurles
SCOIL CHRÍOST RÍ, PORTLAOISE gave a star studded performance in the first half of the game to wrap up proceedings early on against a hard-working Presentation side in Evergreen Football Club. Unfortunately for Presentation Thurles they couldn’t replicate the form they displayed in their semi-final with Convent of Mercy, Roscommon when they comfortably cruised through with a brace from the artistic Casey Hennessy who craved many an opening in this battle but just couldn’t get past Aimee Keane, who was adamant to keep a clean sheet. The elements proved a decisive factor in this enthralling showcase. Thurles keeper Rachael Sweeney couldn’t have been at fault for the onslaught of scores from the Portlaoise side. Thurles gave a second half performance of a transformed team. They never gave up in their endeavours to get on the score sheet and were unlucky not to see their Captain Hazel McAuliffe, Mary Burke or Lauren McCormack convert from close range on a number of occasions. A very fine performance by all involved.
PRESENTATION SECONDARY SCHOOL, THURLES: Rachael Sweeney, Sarah Foley, Mary Burke, Katie Ryan, Emer Harnett, Casey Hennessy, Ciara Maher, Hazel McAuliffe (Captain), Ellie Maher, Lauren McCormack, Saoirse Teer
SUBS: Kate Sheridan for S.Foley (68), Orla Corbett for S.Teer (68), Saoirse Moran for C.Maher (66), Lillian Murray for E Maher (56), Anna Gavin(injured),Zoe Lanphier (injured).
TEACHERS: Edel Harding, Barry Ryan
TALK ON THE 1916 RISING AND ORIGINS OF THE TRICOLOUR:On Friday 26th of February, Sergeant Ciaran Kennedy from the Irish Army came and spoke to all First years and the Second year class of Naomh Attracta about the 1916 Rising and the origins of the Irish Flag. Second Years students from Naomh Attracta had written, inviting Sergeant Kennedy to our school as they are completing their C.S.P.E. Action Project on raising awareness of the anniversary of 1916 Rising. Sergeant Kennedy gave a very informative talk to the students who are looking forward to celebrating the anniversary of the Rising in our School on the 15thof March when a flag raising ceremony will take place.
Presentation Diary (Thurles) March 2nd
FAI SCHOOLS SENIOR GIRLS NATIONAL CUP
McKevitt Secures Glory For Thurles
Presentation, Thurles - 1
Presentation, Kilkenny - 0
Sarah McKevitt's first-half strike secured the Bank of Ireland FAI Schools Senior Girls National Cup for Presentation Thurles. Throughout the match the Thurles team showed outstanding grit and determination, showing their supporters style and class to take home this coveted title.
Thurles found their rhythm early in the game creating a number of chances through Shonagh Cleary and Casey Hennessy. At the other end, net minder Christine Coffey was alert to block an on target shot from Kilkenny's Ciara Delaney. Two minutes before the break, McKevitt seized an opportunity to pounce. Central midfielder Hazel McAuliffe slipped a superb ball through, with Sarah beating the off side trap to finish delicately into the far corner of the Kilkenny net.
The second half really showed the class of Presentation Thurles. The back line of Niamh O'Mahony, Katie Ryan, Norah Kennedy and Mary Burke worked together to protect their one nil lead with Hazel McAuliffe dominating in midfield. McKevitt stepped up to take a free kick 12minutes from the end only to see her 25yard free rattle the crossbar. This was the last major action of the game with Thurles victorious on the final whistle.
Panel: Christine Coffey, Mary Burke, Norah Kennedy, Niamh O'Mahony, Katie Ryan, Casey Hennessy, Cara O'Connor, Hazel McAuliffe, Sarah McKevitt, Robyn Moore(captain), Shonagh Cleary. Subs: Georgina Abbott, Anna Gavin, Saoirse Teer, Lauren McCormack, Sarah Foley, Rachel Sweeney and Emer Harnett.