U12 GIRLS LEAGUE DIV. 1 CHAMPS 2015
Naas Girls U12 (0-5) v (4- 12) Kilcullen Girls U12
Following victories over the Larry’s, Robert Emmet’s, Carbury and Maynooth our Kilcullen U 12 girls wrapped up the Division 1 championship following a hard fought victory over Naas. This amazing team came together at u 10 level and have not lost a league match in those 3 years which by any standard has to be a fantastic achievement. In their final match they travelled to Naas. It was the home side who were dominant for the first ten minutes and if it wasn’t for some great defending Naas would have been further in front. The girls defending has been outstanding all year and superb performances came from Caitlin Kennedy, Siofra Behan, Chloe Acton, Rachel Carey, Rachel Keane and Ellen Coleman. Our girls woke up and Emma Sully released Sophie Ngai and in flash the ball was in the back of the net. Sophie would have another impressive day finishing the match with a personal tally of 3 goals and 2 points. Emma Sully has played the best football of her life this year and she scored a brilliant goal and two points. Katie Fogarty demonstrated great poise to win possession and knocked over a wonderful point. Molly O’ Loughlin cut in form the wing and knocked over a tasty point. As always the midfield duo Hannah Breen and Eabha Devenney worked tirelessly all match both in attack and defense. Devenney scored two lovely long range points from play. Jenna Pembroke was her usual skillful and determined self and she also bagged a point. Abbie Fitzgerald who is another class act and resident full forward knocked over 4 points from play. The football the girls have produced this season has been sensational and they fully deserve to be crowned Division 1 champs. Well done girls.
Kilcullen Team as follows: Ellen Coleman, Chloe Acton, Rachel Carey, Katie Fogarty, Caitlin Kennedy, Siofra Behan, Rachel Keane, Molly O’ Loughlin, Eabha Devenney, Hannah Breen, Sophie Ngai, Emma Sully, Abbie Fitzgerald
Scorers: S. Ngai 3-02, Emma Sully 1-02, Abbie Fitzgerald 0-4, M. O’ Loughlin 0-1,Jenna Pembroke 0-1 , E. Devenney 0-2
U12 Girls Community Games
Kilcullen’s U 12’s community games team(Kildare Champs) won the battle of Clontarf against Dublin Champs Clontarf to secure their place in the Leinster Semi Finals. The girls won by 3 points in an outstanding team performance against an excellent Clontarf Team who were playing on their own turf. It was a strange game in that our girls were the better team throughout but yet barely got over the line. The game is divided into 4 quickfire 10 mins periods. The girls found themselves 1-2 to 0-1 down after the first period with the excellent Caitlin Kennedy producing a brilliant point for the rags. The girls hit the post twice and crossbar etc and it was starting to feel like ones of those days. It was 2-2-0-5 at half time. Sophie Ngai found the net in the third period for the goal to be ruled out for an earlier foul on her. Ngai knocked over the free. Our defence was absolutely outstanding and only allowed Clontarf to score one point in the last 2 periods. Outstanding defensive performances came from Siofra Behan, Ellen Coleman, Rachel Keane, Amy Bermuedez and Ellie Bermuedez. Kilcullen needed a spark from somewhere and it came when Molly O’ Loughlin received the ball out wide on the right, made space and floated over an amazing point. She then quickly won a free which Nagi converted. Our full forward line started to get on top with fantastic performances from Roisin Browne, Edwina Burchill and Roisin Cahill. To add some steal our youngest member Kayleigh Taffe came on and got stuck in straight away taking one for the team(see shiner above). Kayleigh typified this teams fighting spirit playing on despite the bad knock (no rolling around crying like those soccer professionals). Going into the last period it was all square and it would come down to a moment of pure class followed by pure defensive determination. Ava Cronin and Emily Quigley had joined the fight and both won their battles. The moment of pure class came when the girls worked the ball forward from defence to attack and Ava Cronin’s excellent shot was blocked for the ball to fall to the ground approx 15 feet out for Ngai to curl an unstoppable left footed (apparently Nagi is right footed) shot past the stranded keeper. A moment of pure soccer skill would help to decide this Gaelic match. There was still 5 minutes left and Clontarf threw the kitchen sink at our girls. Kilcullen goalie Hannah Crowley pulled off some superb saves. A Clontarf shot was saved on the line we think and there was a moment of confusion, was it a goal, was it not but Crowley drove the ball down the pitch and play continued. Our outstanding midfield of Kennedy and Hannah Breen helped out the defence with Breen blocking a certain goal with her stomach. One last shot came from Clontarf but Ellie Bermeudez ran back to make a last gasp challenge and the shot whistled passed the outside of the post. Kilcullen had won the battle of Clontarf.
Maynooth 1.01 (04) – Kilcullen 2-7 (13)
Kilcullen U 12 girls maintained their 100 percent winning start to Division 1 with their 4th win. This was a well-deserved win against a resolute Maynooth team. The opening score, a goal came following excellent build up play between our Dual Soccer and Gaelic Football star Caitlin Kennedy, and our excellent midfield duo of Hannah Breen and Eabha Devenney who fed Sophie Ngai who unleased an unstoppable shot above the stranded keeper. Ngai would also register the next two points which was followed by another excellent team point finished off by the elegant Breen. Space was at a primium but throughout the match Ngai with Houdini like skills managed to free herself with lethal results. Sophie would finish the match with a personal tally of 1-05. Sophie is the youngest member of the U 12 panel and I doubt there is a better attacking player in the country for her age (remember the name folks). The Maynooth girls had the better of the last 5 minutes of the first half and scored an excellent goal and point leaving it a 2 point game at half time. The Kilcullen girls dominated the second half and the defending was absolutely magnificent. They defended from the front and hunted in packs with unbelievable determination. Rachel Carey was carrying a slight injury so she played in goals and did everything asked of her with some great save and great distribution. All our defenders were outstanding with determination, strength, skill and speed on show. Outstanding displays came from Rachel Keane, Siofra Behan, Cleo Acton, Molly O’ Loughlan, Ellen Coleman and Caitlin Kennedy (I wouldn’t fancy playing against this ruthless bunch). In attack Emma Sully and Abbie Fitzgerald distributed the ball with excellent effect. Sully set up attack after attack whilst Fitzgerald’s excellent fielding and pass set up the excellent Mia Whelan for an unstoppable shot that nearly broke the net. Katie Fogarty had her best game of the year wining her battles and using the ball intelligently to those running off her. Devenney who played a captain’s role, making lung bursting forward runs at every chance would benefit from a Fogaraty pass to burst through only to be taken down and she then knocked over the resultant free. Maynooth demonstrated some excellent defending especially in the full back line to minimize the girls scoring. Fittingly Ngai finished off the scoring to confirm a very good win for the girls. Only Naas now stand in the girl’s way of landing the Division 1 crown.
Kilcullen Team as follows: Ellen Coleman, Rachel Carey, Katie Fogarty, Caitlin Kennedy Siofra Behan, Rachel Keane, Molly O’ Loughlin, Eabha Devenney, Mia Whelan, Hannah Breen, Sophie Ngai, Emma Sully, Abbie Fitzgerald
Scorers: S. Ngai 1-05, M. Whelan 1-0, H. Breen.0-1, E. Devenney 0-1