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

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.