Kilcullen U14 Girls Begin League Campaign with a win

Kilcullen Girls U14 4-03 – 2-03 Maynooth

Kilcullen’s U 14 Girls opened up their league campaign with a well-deserved win over a strong

Maynooth team. This was one of the girls most impressive wins to date given that they only had

the bare minimum of 15 players and were missing many of their regulars including two county U

14 players. The Kilcullen girls started the brighter of the teams and were rewarded following an

excellent goal from the ever reliable Emma Sully. Maynooth pressed forward and opened their

account with a fine point. This was quickly followed by an excellent goal from the superb Sally

Murphy (what a player). Maynooth responded with a goal of their own. The score of the half

came when Siofra Behan gathered the ball in the half back line and feed Murphy who angled a

kick pass to Eabha Devenney who gathered, beat her player and gave a lovely hand-pass to Ruth

Burchill who was running off her shoulder. Burchill calmly kicked her point from distance. In

fairness to the girls they produce this type of move regularly without the end result on many

occasions. Sally added another point and Maynooth responded with a good score of their own.

Maynooth asked questions but the Kilcullen defense was outstanding. The classy Katie Sully

playing a captain’s role always appeared to be in the right position to advert the danger. Jenna

Pembroke had an absolutely fantastic match and dominated. On this form Jenna is without a

shadow of a doubt the best right half back in the county for her age. Siofra ‘just out of Africa’

Behan completed the halfback line and was equally impressive and consistently won ball over

her bigger opponents. The Girls Lead 2-2 to 1-2 at half time.

The girls started the second half well with the Kilcullen half forward line dominant. Emma Sully

was strong on the ball at center half forward. Devenney was back to her best at right half

forward. She won every ball that came her way and used her pace and excellent distribution to

set up chance after chance. Maynooth tried different defenders on her but to no avail. Equally

impressive was Hannah Breen the youngest player on the pitch who was marked by Maynooth’s

excellent number 5 but every time the halfback attacked the supremely athletic Breen matched

her stride for stride and won the ball back on many occasions. Breen was also impressive in

attack setting up another goal for the outstanding Sally Murphy. Burchill another gem marked

her all action midfield performance with a well taken goal. To have Murphy and Burchill in

midfield is dream for any coaching team. In the full forward line Rachel Keane and Amy

Decourcy battled hard and never gave the defenders the time to clear their lines. Decourcy was

unlucky when she swiveled and shot and narrowly missed the onion bag. Mia Whelan

demonstrated what the Kilcullen Girls are all about when she ran the full length of the pitch from

corner forward to put in a tackle on a Maynooth attacker causing a wide. Maynooth battled hard

but were met with stern resistance from the excellent Fiona Equare. Chloe Action was back to

her best reading the game beautifully and making the right decisions all the time. The ever

reliable Abbie Fitzgerald who can play anywhere was a Rock at full back. Kilcullen’s

outstanding goal keeper Rachel Carey pulled off two excellent saves at crucial times and her

distribution from kick outs was key. The girls celebrated an excellent win at the final whistle.

Support our Historic U14 Feilé A Girls Div. 1 Champions

Back a winner by supporting our fund raising efforts in support of our fantastic U 14 Kilcullen Girls Feilé Team who won the Division 1 Kildare Feilé Competition. This is the first time in the history of our Club and Town that a girls team have won the Division 1 Feilé and the girls are now going on to represent Kildare against the best teams from each of the remaining 31 counties in Ireland in June.

Pat Deveanny the girls lead mentor says “We will be trying our very best in the Feilé finals which take place in the counties of Kerry/Cork and Limerick this June. Don’t be surprised if the girls do very well, as they are so talented”

“I wouldn’t fancy playing us”, he added.

We are trying to raise money to get some new gear etc. so the girls can look their best whilst representing our town and county. 

So, business owners, parents, grandparents, supporters, sport lovers and friends it would be brilliant if the community got behind us. We will be letting people know of any upcoming fundraisers, so keep an eye out.

Kilcullen U14 Girls – Feilé Champions 2016: Final vs Naas Report

 

Kilcullen 4-4       Naas 2-2

 

Following wins over Clane, Leixlip and Ballykelly our girls reached the Feile final against an excellent Naas Team. This was an excellent final and a real advert for GAA played at its best. It was end to end stuff. Our girls raced into a 1-1 lead following some excellent set up play from Rachel Keane an Eabha Devenney who released the unstoppable Sophie Ngai who scored the opening point and goal. Naas settled and narrowed the lead with some nice scores of their own. Naas pushed forward but the defending of our girls was unbelievable with Eleanor Traynor, Jenna Pembroke, Chloe Acton, Katie Sully, Leah Cahill, Fiona Eguare and Emily Kelly all having outstanding performances. In addition, Abbie Fitzgerald moved from attack to defence and gave another outstanding display. Sydney Sheridan had a great match in the centre forward position. Emma Sully had her best ever performance in a Kilcullen shirt as she completely dominated the left half forward position and produced an outstanding finish to net a goal. Crucial scores came from Sally Murphy and Rachel Keane which left Kilcullen leading by 5 at half time. Naas started the second half strongly but again our defence held firm and some outstanding saves from out top class goalie Rachel Carey left Naas frustrated. Our Dynamic Midfield Duo of Ruth Burchill and Sally were as usual fantastic as the went from attack to defence throughout. Ruth also added a goal. Fittingly Sophie Ngai scored Kilcullen’s final goal with 5 minutes remaining. Mia Whelan, Amy Decourcey and Rebecca Walsh all made an impact when brought on to help seal a historic victory.

The All-Ireland dream lives on.