Youghal girl’s U/12 team produced their best performance all year to win the Plate Final against Midleton yesterday evening in Killeagh GAA grounds. From the off, Youghal were the hungrier side with superb displays in all positions. In attack the Youghal girls showed superior skills in taking fine scores when the opportunities arose. Fine flowing moves and off-loading of the ball at the correct moment to their team mates seemed the order of the evening as in the early stages Youghal took a commanding lead. When the defence were called upon, the girl’s never wained with again some fine displays in all positions. Only for a couple of lapses in concentration where Midleton scored two goals to keep the tie alive, the game could have been over by half time. In the end the half finished 1–05 to 2-01 in Youghal’s favour.
The second half began with Youghal taking the game to Midleton and notching up some fine points in quick succession. Youghal were in total control of this game, although the score line at times did not reflect their superiority. On a whole the mentor’s, and I am sure all who were there to witness the game were delighted with the effort and high standard of football played by this young Youghal team. Nerves were jangling in the crowd and on the sideline with seconds to go when Midleton scored a late goal, their only score of the second half, to bring the tie to a nail bitting finish. In the end even this goal could not deny this fine team from what they truly deserved as the game finished with Youghal edging their opponents by two points.
The future looks extremely bright for Ladies football in Youghal considering the talent that was on display for all to behold.
Team: F. Flavin, A. Arthur, E. Farrell, K. Coleman, K. Malone, H. O’Connell, M. Hannon, S. Kennealy, C.O’Keefe, C. Crowley, S. O’Connell , S. Hannon, A. Flavin, A. Farrell, L. Sheehan.
Subs: C. Dempsey, S. Barron, S. Twohig, S. Keane, K. Coughlan, M. Brophy, E. Irwin, A. Flavin.