Skerries Harps captured the U16 Ladies Div 4 Shield Trophy

posted 4 Nov 2013, 05:19 by Skerries Harps

Skerries Harps captured the U16  Ladies Division Four Shield Trophy after a committed and skilful display of football where they saw off  the challenge of St Peregrines by the scoreline of 5-2 to 1-4.

Played at the home of Trinity Gaels on a cool bright and sunny afternoon it was the fast start by the Harps girls that proved the main difference between two evenly matched sides.  Within the opening 15 minutes they had raced into a 3-1 to no score lead.  With Megan Parker and Emma Dardis winning the midfield battle in this period the opening goal arrived after 3 minutes when Ailbhe Mulhall found corner forward Jill Mulholland and her well struck shot found the bottom corner of the net.

A point by Mulholland followed along with goals by Eimear Davis and Katie Leonard. These goals were the result of good interplay between defense, and midfield combined with moving the ball quickly into the forwards where team captain Niamh Rocks and Ellen Ennis were winning a lot of possession and laying the ball off to better placed players.

The Harps girls were unable to maintain the fast pace and with the Peregrines half back line starting to win more possession, they came back into the game and put the Skerries defense under a lot of pressure for the remainder of the half.  They had several scoring chance but some terrific committed defending, in particular by April D’Arcy. Kelly Monaghan and Cara Hunter, along with an excellent save by keeper Anna Coomey, on the one occasion when the defense was breached, they restricted Peregrines to just one point.   Half time score Harps 3-1 Peregrines 0-1.

The second half was again very even with play moving quickly from one end to the other, however the Harps forwards were not as clinical as they had earlier been and tended to over play the ball, so they found scores hard to get.  The Harps defence continued to play well and with Centre Half Back Rose Fitzpatrick picking up a lot of loose ball and been well supported by Ciara McConvey  and Michelle Brogan, they restricted Peregrines to 2 points during the opening minutes of the 2nd half.  In response Harps had scored a point by Jill Mulholland.

The victory was sealed in a 2 minute spell midway through the half when the Harps scored two more goals.  Jill Mulholland claimed her second goal of the match when a free from Ailbhe Mulhall dropped short and in the ensuing battle for possession Eimear Davis emerged to find Mulholland in space and she dispatched the ball into the goals.  

On the Harps next attack a long range shot from Ellen Tuck found the back of the net when the Peregrines keeper was distracted by a run across the flight of the ball by Mulholland.  To their credit Peregrines did not let their heads drop and continued to press forward and their efforts were eventually rewarded with a late goal. 

With substitutes Amy Farrell and Niamh Clark making their contribution in the final minutes, the victory was just reward for this group of players as they had previously lost narrowly in finals over the past two seasons.

Due to injury and other commitments, a special mention to Chloe Hughes, Sally Dawson and Megan Boylan along with the U15 players Aoife Doyle, Suin MacGabhann  and Chloe Fletcher who all contributed at different times in matches during this Championship run.

In accepting the Shield trophy, team captain Niamh Rocks, thanked St Peregrines for a good sporting game, her team mates for their commitment throughout the year along with the parents and family members for their support on the day and throughout the year.

The day was rounded off with a horn blaring cavalcade through the town and back to the Harps clubhouse for well earned feast of chicken and chips followed by Chris’s renowned Mars Bar Cake.   

Team: A.Coomey,  C.McConvey, A.D’Arcy, K.Monaghan,  M.Brogan, R.Fitzpatrick, C.Hunter, M.Parker, E.Dardis,  N.Rocks, K.Leonard (1-0) A.Mulhall, E.Ennis, E.Davis (1-0) J.Mulholland (2-2), E.Tuck (1-0) A.Farrell, N.Clark, A.Doyle, S.MacGabhann, C.Hughes