U15 Girls into Division 1 Final!!

Girls U 15 Division 1 Semi Final
Saturday October 14th, 12.30
Kilcullen 2-12 vs Maynooth 2-10
Referee: Liam Herbert

On a bright autumn day ideal for football these two teams met in the latest chapter of many close encounters and this would prove to be no different. Maynooth started the match strongly and were clearly determined to avenge the loss from earlier in the competition and were soon winning most of the battles across the pitch. The Kilcullen girls fought bravely but were finding it difficult to get to grips with a very focused Maynooth side, eventually Maynooth’s dominance began to tell on the scoreboard and they went in at half time fully deserving their 2-07 to 1-02 lead.

Kilcullen emerged for the second half more energised with the large deficit on the scoreboard obviously focusing the minds. The teams traded scores in the opening minutes but Kilcullen gradually began to lay siege to the Maynooth end of the pitch and chip away at the Maynooth lead. The Kilcullen defence had to remain vigilant as Maynooth remained dangerous on the counter attack but crucially for Kilcullen they were now winning many of the battles they had been losing in the first half. Kilcullen finally got their noses in front a few minutes before the final whistle and managed to hold on for win on a score line of 2-12 to 2-10 to crown a remarkable come back that seemed very unlikely at half time.
There were no stand out performers for Kilcullen but was truly an excellent panel performance to pull together from such a dire half time position to produce an exceptional second half performance and seal a place in the final. Credit must also go to Maynooth for their part in an excellent football match which must have been a fantastic spectacle for any neutral present.

Important Juvenile Girls Age Group Information

Juvenile Girls Group Changeover –

Juvenile girls age groups will change from the current even age groups:

U16 (born 2001 & 2002)  /  U14 (born 2003 & 2004)  /  U12 (born 2005 & 2006)  /  U10 (born 2007 & 2008)  /  U8 (born 2009 & 2010)

to odd age groups

U15 (born 2002 & 2003)  /  U13 (born 2004 & 2005)  /  U11 (born 2006 & 2007)  /  U9 (born 2008, 2009 & 2010)

A girl born in 2007 who is currently playing with the U10 girls will be playing with the U11 girls group after the changeover

A girl born in 2008 who is currently playing with the U10 girls will be playing with the U9 girls group after the changeover

U6 age group is not impacted

Why?

This happens for all Kildare clubs and is required to participate in the Kildare Leagues

It is important to note that this changeover is only based on the age of the child and is in no way linked to ability

When?

The new groups will come into effect after the August Bank Holiday Weekend

What Happens Next?

Further details / training schedules will be sent out by the Lead Mentors for the various groups

 

Well done to all the girls for the great success they have had within their current age groups and all the best for the new season under the new age groups.

 

U14 Girls are Feilé A Champs Again – On to Represent Kildare in All-Irelands

 U 14 Girls Feile A final

 

Kilcullen 0-9 St. Lawrence’s 2-02

 

Venue: Hawkfield              Date 01.05.17

 

The Kilcullen girls secured their place in the Feile A final against local rivals St. Lawrence’s following a semi-final win over a gallant Naas team. 4 excellent goals from Sophie Ngai (3) and Eabha Devenney (1) and points from Jill O’ Toole, Hannah Breen, Edwina Birchill, Eabha Devenney, Sophie Ngai, Rachel Keane and Abbie Fitzgerald helped to secure a 4-08 to 2 point victory. Rachel Keane produced one of her best Kilcullen performances. Amy Bermudez, Ava Cronin, Ellie Bermudez, Roisin Browne and Hannah Crowley all put in impressive performances.

 

Kilcullen and St Lawrence’s would meet to see who would be crowned champions. Two teams who know each other very well. St. Lawrence’s used an extra player in the full back line to counteract the scoring power of Sophie Ngai whilst Eabha Devenney who usually plays a forward role was used to cover just in front of Kilcullen’s halfback line to try to stop the supply getting to St. Lawrence’s Miah Ryan. The first half was a real arm wrestle with Kilcullen’s Abbie Fitzgerald opening the scoring. St Lawrence’s quickly answered with a point. Both defences were the stars of the show in the first half with the likes of Rebecca Corcoran doing well for St. Lawrence’s whilst Kilcullen’s half back-line of Molly O Loughlin, Emma Sully and Ellen Coleman were fighting for everything. Kilcullen’s  full back line of Chloe Acton, Jenna Pembroke and Siobhra Behan were winning a lot of ball. Unfortunately, Ellen Coleman had to go off injured after 10 minutes with Jill O’ Toole moving to the halfback line and Mia Whelan who battled throughout introduced into the forwards. There was a real battle around the midfield with Caitlin Kennedy and Hannah Breen doing well for Kilcullen. Eabha Devenney was playing her role very well and picking up a lot of ball and using it intelligently. Miah Ryan’s made a great sole run forward and got St. Lawrence’s opening goal. Abbie Fitzgerald than kicked a lovely point. St. Lawrence’s got another point and Kilcullen’s corner forward Edwina Birchill created space, received the ball and knocked the ball over the bar. Both teams had 3 first half scores each but it was advantage to the Larry’s who held a two-point lead on a score line of 1-2 to 3 points.

 

Nic Birchill gave an inspirational half time team talk and Kilcullen changed their whole half forward line with Sophie Ngai moved into centre half forward, Jill O’ Toole on the right and Edwina Birchill on the left. Abbie Fitzgerald moved into the full forward line and her strength and clever use of the ball was to have a huge influence on the game. The St. Lawrence’s girls were giving everything and were rewarded with a second goal early in the second half which left them 5 points up and their supporters were sensing victory. The goal was to be the Larry’s only score of the second half. Rachel Keane, Emma Sully and Molly O Loughlin were having great games in the half back line. There was then two game changing crucial defensive moments for Kilcullen. As the Larry’s looked like they were going to go further ahead a fingertip block by Siobhra Behan deflected the ball out for a 45. Then Kilcullen’s Keeper Rachel Carey pulled off a save of the season following a good move by the Larry’s and this was the start of the Kilcullen revival. With about 8 minutes left Ger Breen made an excellent call as he decided it was time to release Eabha Devenney from her defensive role and to play in a more advanced position and with Eabha winning ball and driving at the Larry’s defence supported by Caitlin Kennedy who was putting in a huge battling performance and the superb running and carrying ability of Hannah Breen was helping Kilcullen to dominate. Sophie Ngai put in an unbelievable effort given the close marking she was receiving and won another free for her team and with Abbie Fitzgerald on song the gap was narrowed to 4. Following great passing between Caitlin Kennedy, Jill O Toole and Sophie Ngai who fed Eabha Devenney who ran at pace and kicked a lovely point and it was down to a three-point game. Miah Ryan was trying to get the Larry’s going and moved back into a more defensive position which allowed Emma Sully to go further forward and the Larry’s were finding it difficult to get past half way. Jill O’ Toole’s powerful running was causing the Larry’s all types of problems. Under severe pressure and the time running out the Kilcullen girls remained calm and their decision making and retention of the ball was top class (Thanks Wayne Middleton for your help it made a real difference).  

 

Caitlin Kennedy scored an amazing point from out wide on the right and Kilcullen were within two. Then from the Larry’s kick-out Edwina Birchill gathered the ball, beat her player and fired over and it was down to a one point game. Ellie Bermudez was introduced and her excellent running was creating space for others.  With two minutes left Hannah Breen took a quick free kick which found Abbie Fitzgerald and Abbie split the posts and it was level with all the momentum with Kilcullen. Another excellent move by the Kilcullen Girls lead to a foul on Sophie Ngai and under huge pressure Abbie Fitzgerald remained calm and kicked the winner to secure back to back Kildare Feile wins for the Rags.  Abbie would finish with a personal tally of 5 points (2 from play and 3 from frees). Miah Ryan made one last forward burst and fed her teammate but how fitting it was that Jenna Pembroke defended brilliantly and won a free. Final Whistle blown. What character and skill the Kilcullen Girls showed in one of their greatest comebacks by scoring the last 6 points in 8 minutes in a deserved win with 9 scores to 4 in their favour and a one point victory on a score line of 9 points to 2-2. Well done to both sets of players you done your clubs proud. Kilcullen are being hosted by Belturbet of Cavan and will no doubt give it 110 percent whilst representing Kildare in the Feile All-Ireland Competition in June.

 

Report by Pat Devenney – Lead Mentor

Kilcullen scorers:

Abbie Fitzgerald 0-5, Edwina 0-2, Caitlin Kennedy 0-1, Eabha Devenney 0-1.

 

Kilcullen Team

Rachel Carey, Chloe Acton, Jenna Pembroke, Siobhra Behan, Molly O Loughlin, Emma Sully (Joint Captain), Ellen Coleman, Caitlin Kennedy, Hannah Breen, Eabha Devenney, Rachel Keane, Sophie Ngai, Jill O’ Toole, Abbie Fitzgerald (Joint Captain), Edwina Birchill, Mia Whelan, Ava Cronin, Hannah Crowley, Roisin Brown, Amy Bermudez, Ellie Bermudez

U14 Girls Feilé A Champions 2017