Ladies Football Feile

The EGB Under 14 girls played in Division 3 Feile on Saturday in St Peregrines.  They knew they were in a tough group with Trinity Gaels Garristown and the hosts St Peregrines and so it proved to be.  The girls began their campaign with a game against Trinity Gaels and everyone knew how crucial a good start would be.  The rain was beating down and in a close opening five minutes nothing separated the sides with a point each on the scoreboard. Then in a 5 minute spell before halftime the girls conceded a 4 goal salvo which basically won the game for Trinity Gaels.  To their credit the EGB girls gave everything in the second half and finished the stronger but they were never going to overhaul the Gaels who won out on a scoreline of 6-5 to 1-6.  It was a bad start but only the start of the drama.
 
The second game was against the hosts St Peregrines and to their credit the girls were up for this local derby.  In a fiercely competitive and free flowing first half scores were plentiful and a quick brace of goals from the EGB girls gave them a slender lead at the break.  A very strong start to the second half extended the lead but to their credit St Peregrines came fighting back but couldn't get on terms.  The EGB girls then took complete control and ran out comfortable winners on a scoreline of 9-1 to 3-5.
 
It was all down to the last game of the group to decide who would join Trinity Gaels in the semis and it proved to be a cracker.  It was nip and tuck in the first half but for some poor finishing from the EGB girls and strong defensive work from Garristown saw the north county girls lead by 1-4 to 0-1 at halftime.  The EGB girls knew they were still in with a chance of victory but a few minutes into the half they were rocked by a free from 35 yards which dropped into the EGB net.  It was an uphill challenge for the EGB girls but to their credit they responded terrifically and for the last 10 minutes of the game they held Garristown scoreless and laid siege to the Garristown goal.  The Garristown girls ensured they made it hard for the EGB girls to score goals but the EGB girls piled forward and notched 3 points  from frees.  In the closing stages the EGB girls hit the post and had a number of scrambles in the square with the ball just waiting to be kicked into the Garristown net.  However all this effort was in vain as Garristown held on for the win 2-4 to 0-4.  
 
It was a huge disappointed for the brave EGB girls who put everything into the competition but it was not to be.  Garristown and Trinity Gaels won their semis and to a lot of peoples surprise it was Garristown who won Sunday's final by 9 points.  So near and yet so far.
 
Thanks to all the parents, family friends and club members who supported the girls on the day and a special thanks to Carol-Ann Burke and Amanda Gribben who helped Jerry O'Sullivan get the team ready and look after the girls all day.  Also thanks to Amy Flanagan and Niamh Maher who were a great help on the day and thanks to St Peregrines who hosted a great day for the girls.  
 
Thanks also to captain Ellen Gribben and Vice Captain Aoibhinn Burke who lead by example on the day.
 
Erin Go Bragh Panel
 Ellen Gribben (capt) 1-2 Aoibhinn Burke Leah Ivory 1-0 Amy Carroll Jade Omotayo Kim Culligan Julianne O'Reilly Aoibhe Kearney Gemma Padden Ellie Manning 1-0 Aoife O'Sullivan 7-7 Anna Omotayo 0-1 Keri Redmond 0-1 Claire O'Carroll Rachel Murray Sarah Duggan Megan Owens Abbie Murray Katie Kearney.
-Jerry O'Sullivan

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