Feile Peil na mBan 2016

posted 4 Apr 2016, 07:30 by Skerries Harps

Saturday April 2nd was D-day for the Harps under 14 girls football team who were taking part in the Division 3 Feile competition hosted by St Peregrines.  The weather forecast from the previous day predicated heavy rain, but deep down everyone hoped that that was just the Met Office’s idea of an April Fool.  Alas it wasn’t to be…..

Harps mentors, Ray Murphy and Michelle Fennell, looking resplendent in their bright orange mentors’ bibs, led their team on to the pitch for the first battle of the day against O’Tooles.  Clearly the child of Prague left out the previous night had had some effect, as the match was played in ideal dry conditions.  Harps were clearly the hungrier of the two teams and immediately started clocking up the scores.  Comfortable leaders at half time, the second half saw the girls continue to exert the pressure.  O’Tooles first score didn’t come until late in the second half and long before the final whistle the match had been won.  Final score 6 – 2 to 1 – 1 to Harps.

Throw in for the second match took place two hours later.  By that stage the heavens had opened and it was a wet and cold set of spectators, having travelled in their hundreds (ish), who watched the girls line out against Cuala A.  Unfortunately the opposition were just too strong and although the girls never gave up it wasn’t to be.  Final whistle recorded a loss of 0 – 0 to 1 – 8.

A ten minute turn around saw the girls taking to the field once again for the crunch match against Fingallians.  Both teams had recorded one win and one loss, so it was winner take all to decide who would take the runner up spot in the group and thus earn a place in the semi-final.  Fingallians took an early lead but were held to account by Harps.  At half time the girls were four points behind and it was all to play for in the second half.  Five minutes from the end the teams were level, the spectators were on tender hooks and the girls were revelling in the magnificent atmosphere.  However, a late goal in the dying minutes of the game saw Fingallians steal a victory. 

The girls did the club proud today, stepping up to the occasion when faced with two opposition teams from the division above them and producing their best display of football of the season so far

Team: Sarah Murphy (c), Hannah Fennell, Shauna McGowan, Saibh Kelly, Robyn Joyce, Niamh Cotter, Lily Heaney, Naoise Finnegan, Molly Nealon, Hannah Hogan, Mia Daly, Emily Healy, Eve Doyle, Aoife Rogers, Aoife Mellors, Alice Grimes, Caitlin McManus, Caoimhe Hamilton, Caoimhe Ni Dhomhaill, Pia Sharkey, Sophie McNally and Ciara Whelan. Missing on the day: Caoimhe Boylan, Lauren Keating, Sinead Keyes and Eimear Broderick.