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Skerries Harps U14 Girls make History with double Feile win.

posted 25 Jun 2018, 00:43 by Skerries Harps

The disappointment of the football feile being postponed was well and truly forgotten a few Sunday ago when the Skerries Harps U14 girls footballers were crowned Division 4 Feile champions making them double feile champions having lifted the Division 4 Camogie feile title just 3 weeks previously. This historic achievement has never been done in Skerries Harps before.

In an action-packed weekend the team spirit and footballing skills of the girls was a testament to the training, commitment and character of this bunch of girls.

Lucan Sarsfields hosted Feile and were also the opposition for the first match. Harps won the toss and played with a strong wind for the first half. Aided by the wind the Skerries forwards were on form and scored 5 great points, with 3 of them being kicked by Leah Beggs. Lucan didn’t score against the wind in the first half, which was a credit to Aoife Thorne, Cara Gilbride and Aisling O’Reilly in defence, and Ciara Gallagher in the goals. Lucan scored 1-1 within a couple of minutes on the start of the second half. Pressure was on the Skerries girls as they now only lead by a single point. The whole team fought hard and scored two well worked points against the wind. Lucan got two further points, but Skerries defence was outstanding again, and held on for a one point win, 0-7 to 1-3. Fantastic start by Skerries Harps, and just what they wanted.

The next match started 15 minutes later at 11.30am against Templeogue Synge Street. Templogue got on the board first, but then Skerries started playing, and scored a couple of points and a well-constructed goal finished off by Keela Fehily. Skerries lead 1-3 to 0-1 at half time. It was tit for tat in the second half, but with great play from Aimee Murphy, Hannah McGinnis and Robyn Brereton, Skerries Harps won 1-5 to 0-4. This win was enough to put Skerries through to the semi-final.

With just another 15 minute break, Skerries played their third league match against St. Sylvester’s. Megan Frazer played great in goals and succeeded in keeping a clean sheet. With great play from Laura Kilbride, Meiyu O’ Sullivan, Emma Darcy, Megan Westby and points from Ellie Beggs and Martha Treacy, Skerries put it up to St. Sylvester’s. Laura Fagan did a great job in the defence. But in the end St. Sylvester’s won 0-5 to 0-2. Skerries had a semi-final later that day still to play.

After a couple of hours rest, chatting and some team, Skerries were set to play their semi-final against St. Jude’s. This was always going to be a tough match as they had beaten Jude’s in the camogie final. Skerries luck was in and for the fourth time that day, they won the toss. Signs were good. Skerries blitzed the first half and with a brilliant goal by Kila Butler, Skerries lead 1-4 to 0-0 at half time. The second half was a lot tighter affair, but Skerries work ethic was incredible, and won the game 1-5 to 1-1.

Final:

Skerries Harps got the better of Round Towers (Clondalkin) in the Division 4 final at Blanchardstown IT on Sunday morning, with the pacey north Dublin side efficient in possession and fluid going forward. Clondalkin hadn’t been beaten the previous day but it was Harps who go off to the better start, controlling much of the early possession.


Ellie Carr opening the scoring with a goal, hitting past the despairing hand of Nora Aja in the Round Towers goal from close in, with Sophie Rogers adding a fine point from distance shortly afterwards. Great play from Emma McGowan laid the ball off for a fine point from Brianna Bunker.


Kila Butler added a second goal shortly afterwards from a high ball by Hannah McGinnis, while Round Towers struggled to get any meaningful possession up the other end as the Skerries half-forward line stood out, finding plenty of space to quickly move forward.


The west Dublin club did edge back into the contest before half time, with a scrambled goal and a point at the other end narrowing the scores as they enjoyed a period of dominance, creating a series of 50/50 opportunities and putting Skerries under pressure.


It was a solo break from Clondalkin’s Lara Pollard - who finished right into the side netting - that got Round Towers back to within a goal, only for the impressive Kila Butler to bring the score out to 2-5 to 2-1 before half time.


The second half opened with a scrappier period, a full six minutes passing before Alex Melia hit over from close in for Round Towers and notched the first point of the period. The Skerries defence was very strong with Hannah O’Sullivan superb in defence in front of Skerries goal.

 Midway through the half, Skerries hit back with a vital goal from Ellen Gilmore, who finished calmly on the end of a swift move from Harps that split the Round Tower defensive line. 


With a couple of points for both teams, and fantastic football and team work, Skerries won the 2018 U14 Ladies Football Feile 3-8 to 2-4.

Skerries team captain Sophie Rogers accepted the Feile cup from the Dublin LGFA board, and made a great speech. Celebrations started with the Skerries team driving through the town, with a convoy of blue hanging everywhere and horns blaring. Back to the clubhouse for the party, and where the girls received their winning gold medals, from the Juvenile Chairman, Martin Kenny.

The management team of Eileen Gilmore, Noel Fehily and Ian Butler are very proud of the work rate and footballing skills shown over the 2 days, with 24 girls playing football like this the future is very bright for Skerries Harps.


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