Our Maroon team played their 6th league game of this year’s campaign when they hosted Carrigtwohill in sunny Magners Hill on Monday 14thJuly. Fielding many of last year’s U10 team the girls gave a great performance with all 17 girls fighting for every ball and playing some lovely possession football. Both halves were a tight affair with Youghal just shading both with some better finishing and superb defence by our goalie Ellie and full back line of Caoimhe, Jenny and Cara. Youghal opened the scoring with 2 well taken goals by Lucy and Chloe which settled the team. Carrigtwohill responded immediately and scored 1-2 but we increased our lead with 2 pts by Lucy and Kaiah. Once again Carrig responded with another well worked goal only for Emily to score a great individual goal by Emily after some great inter-passing from our mid-field duo of Mary and Aoibhe. At half time both sides were locked at 3-2 each.The second half started off in the same vain with our 2 Hannahs and Caoimhe driving on from half back setting up Chloe for a well taken goal. Our full-forwards Leah, Grainne, Ciara and Emma were causing difficulties for the Carrig back line which resulted with a great goal by Kaiah. Carrig finished strongly and brought us back to just 1 pt at the full time whistle. Well done girls on another super performance, the hard training is starting to pay off.
team: Ellie Atkinson, Caoimhe McMahon, Jenny Doyle, Cara Connolly, Caoimhe Crowley, Hannah O’Keefee, Hannah Fitzgerald, Aoibhe O’Flynn, Mary Flavin, Emily Gallogley, Kaiah Bulman, Chloe O’Connell, Leah Daly, Emma Hickey, Lucy Nicholson, Grainne O’Reilly, Ciara Hanna.
U12A East Cork Championship Final Youghal 2-4 Erins Own 1-5
History was made on Sunday 16th November in Magners Hill when the Youghal Ladies U12 team won the first ever A championship title for Youghal Ladies Football and Youghal GAA Club. Youghal previously met Erins Own in Magners Hill on a wet and windy August evening in the East Cork League semi-final to decide who progressed to either A County or B County Championship with the visitors winning by 1 goal on that evening. Erin’s Own went onto to lose narrowly to Inch in the A County Final and the Youghal girls lost narrowly to eventual County B champions Eire Óg in the semi-final.
With both sides still awaiting silverware for the 2014 season an enthralling contest lay in store for the large gathering of parents, grandparents, family, friends and supporters under the glorious November sunshine. The previous Monday, Gael Scoil Choráin were narrowly defeated by Glounthaune NS(Erin’s Own) in the DF1 Sciath na Scoil Final in Pairc Úi Chaoimh, with many members of both teams playing on the day.
Once the referee threw in the ball, both sets of supporters were treated to an outstanding exhibition of Ladies Football with both sides playing with passion and spirit of the game. The Youghal girls struck first with a well worked goal started from centre half-back, Cara, up through mid-fielder Eabha which was excellently finished by full-forward Niamh Flavin. Erins Own responded with a point to keep both sets of supporters on their feet. With the Youghal full-back line of Jenny, Rebecca and Mary fighting and winning the majority of ball, the platform was set for our next decisive score with once again Niamh polishing off a well worked goal to put us 5 points in front. With sustained pressure Erin’s Own responded with a point and were starting to get into the game. Two excellent point blank saves by Niamh Galvin kept our lead and we responded with a well taken point by Ciara. With Hannah tirelessly marking one of the Erin’s Own dangerous half-forwards the Youghal girls started to get on top of the game. With Sarah playing a selfless role in spoiling the sweeper system the Youghal girls kept up the pressure and created many scoring opportunities. On the next attack Erin’s converted a free to leave just 4 points between the sides. On the stroke of half time with a well worked move from Lesley to Kate and on to Ciara, where she once again scored a point to leave the half-time score 2-2 to 0-3 in favour of the home side.
The atmosphere in Magners Hill was electric as the game resumed on the referee's whistle. As expected Erin’s Own drove into the game and cut the lead to 4 points after the first attack of the second half. With Sorcha and Chloe cleverly combining, the Youghal girls were rewarded with a free which Niamh converted to restore our 5 point lead. Scores were at a premium in the 2nd half with both sets of defences on top of their game. With Aoibhe replacing the hard working Hannah the Youghal girls kept up the hunger and took the game to Erin’s Own, Caoimhe narrowly missing a goal. The switch of the Erins Own's cente-back to midfield brought dividends with an excellent solo goal and made it a 2 point game. Knowing that the game was in their grasp the Youghal girls upped their effort and were rewarded with Kiah(replacing Sarah) setting up Niamh for a point to give us a 3 point lead. Erin’s Own quickly responded to cut the deficit to 2 points, a dangerous lead in any game. With tiring limbs Youghal brought on Emily and Sara to freshen things up. With time almost up and Erins Own pressing for that winning goal the Youghal defence ably assisted by centre-forward Sorcha defended heroically and forced each Erin’s Own attack wide. After 4 agonising minutes of injury time the referee finally blew his whistle which resulted in high emotion and jubilation from players, management, parents, family, Club members and friends not seen since the Youghal Intermediate Hurlers brought home the
County last year.
East Cork Ladies Football Chairman, Tomas Goggin presented the cup to captain Eabha Walsh, congratulating both teams in an excellent exhibition of football amid jubilant scenes and rapturous applause from all the Youghal supporters. Afterwards all players and parents celebrated in style in Club Aras, many thanks to all parents who provided food on the night.
Finally to all girls, your effort and attendance at training all year paid off. Thank you for the memories from this year's championship, you deserve all you achieved and you did Youghal proud. From the Management.
Team: Niamh Galvin, Jenny Doyle, Rebecca Geary, Mary Flavin, Hannah O'Keffee, Cara McCaughney, Lesley Cashman, Kate Galvin, Eabha Walsh (Cpt), Ciara Kiely, Sorcha Connelly, Chloe O'Connell, Caoimhe O'Mahoney, Niamh Flavin, Sarah O'Sullivan, Kiah Bulman, Aoibhe O'Flynn, Emily Gallogey, Sara Hogan, Hannah Fitzergerald, Cara Connolly, Ellie Atkinson, Lucy Nicholson, Emma Hickey.
Youghal 1-4 Watergrasshill 1-6
A very determined U14 team went to Watergrasshill on the 2nd November to play in the East Cork Final. In front of a very big crowd of supporters, something not witnessed in ladies football at this level, really added to the occasion for the Youghal girls. Coming into this final Youghal competed in 7 games over 3 mth period and with every game came harder battles. A challenge game the week before against Inch Rovers in the “Sheila Shield” tournament (Held every two years between Youghal and Inch) really set the Youghal girls with very good preparation for the final. This Youghal Team really have a committed set of parents and support travelling the length and breadth of East Cork to all games and creating real positive memories in Ladies Football.
The game itself was a dogfight from start to finish. Most of the Youghal Girls experiencing their first East Cork Final at this grade had a difficult start with the majority of ball with WGH attack. But the Youghal girls eventually broke out of their own defence and scored the first point of the game nearly 10 mins into it. This was the story for the entire game, nip and tuck no one getting any great leverage over the other. At half time we were a point down and made a switch at centre back for the second half. This settled us a bit more and the girls really took the game to WGH. A free awarded at 10 mins inside the 13 yard line saw Youghal lob the goal keeper for a goal and we went ahead by 2 points. We got great encouragement from this and drove on but WGH never gave up and continued to pedal back the deficit. An error by Youghal saw WGH capitalise with a goal and they took the lead by 1pt. Youghal girls never gave up at this stage of the game and battled very hard to bring it level but after many attempts at working the ball inside against a very strong back line WGH broke out to finish the game with a final point at the death and they landed the Cup.
To put this game into context last April we had a panel of 9 girls after losing some at the start of the year and a decision was made to consult and work with U12 management to build a team for championship. Since that decision the Youghal Girls played games en route to the final something not even considered last April, in fact we didn’t think we would get passed first round.
The Final was a great experience for all involved and we went all out for the day to remember it as a good memory regardless of the result. Huge thanks must go out to all the committed parents who have travelled all over following and believing in what we are doing in ladies football. The Executive of Youghal GAA for their commitment to these young girls.
Also I would like to give a huge thank you to Pat Ryan of KIA Garage for his support providing a Coach for our big occasion.
Here’s wishing you all well in 2015, Gordon, Marie & Finbarr