Fantastic Performance Lands Co. League Title for Desmonds U-14 Ladies

Desmonds U-14 County League Title winners 17-7-2016
Castleisland Desmonds Ladies U-14 football team and mentors –  winners of the County League title when they defeated Fossa in the final on Sunday evening. Front from left: Dayna Horan, Jessie O’Doherty Cahill, Abbie Brosnan, Sinead Murphy, Chloe Cahill, Marney Horan, Ava Fitzmaurice, Emma O’Regan, Ava Brennan, Aoife Walsh, Ava Regan, Alex Sheehan and Grace Cahill. Back from left: Niall O’Connor, Dan Kearney, Aoife Lane, Ruth Cahill, Lilly Cox, Paris McCarthy, Sabhdh Prendiville, Ciara McCarthy, Gemma Kearney, Katie O’Connor, Aine Sheehan, Emma Browne, Aisling Kearney, Grace Curtin, Shauna Kissane and Eddy Regan.

Castleisland Desmonds 4-13 Fossa 2-4

Castleisland Desmonds U-14 girls put on a fantastic performance in defeating Fossa in the County League Final in Listry on Sunday evening.

The Desmonds girls saved their best display of the season for this game in which they completely outplayed and overpowered their Killarney opponents. The foundation for the Castleisland girls’ win was laid in a power-packed, first half performance which saw them lead by nine points. It was 3-7 to 1-4 at half time.

Desmonds first half scorers were: Aine Sheehan 2-1;  Paris McCarthy 1-1; Emma O’Regan 0-3;  Marney Horan 0-1 and Aoife Lane 0-1. Desmonds continued to press home their advantage in the second period, scoring 1-6 to Fossa’s lone goal from the penalty spot. Second half scorers were: Sabhdh Prendiville 1-2; Emma O’Regan 0-3 and Ruth Cahill 0-1.

Disciplined Defence

A feature of the second half was the outstanding disciplined defence employed by the Castleisland girls as they cleared their lines time and again despite intense Fossa pressure.
In goals for Desmonds was Sinead Murphy who never put a foot wrong and pulled off two great saves in the game.

The full back line was coolness personified with Katie O’Connor and Grace Curtin superb in the corners, while Jessie O’Doherty-Cahill was unbeatable at full back.

Frank McLoughlin of the Kerry Ladies County Board presenting the U-14 County League Trophy to Castleisland Desmonds captain, Áine Sheehan.
Frank McLoughlin of the Kerry Ladies County Board presenting the U-14 County League Trophy to Castleisland Desmonds captain, Áine Sheehan.

In the half back line Ava Fitzmaurice and Abbey Brosnan didn’t give their opponents an inch, while Gemma Kearney at centre half back showed her inter county class by driving forward and breaking up Fossa attacks at every opportunity.

Midfield Exchanges

Aoife Lane and Paris McCarthy ruled the midfield exchanges and worked themselves to a standstill. The movement by the forwards was superb on Sunday.

In the half forward line, Marney Horan and Ruth Cahill showed some beautiful touches on the wings while Sabhdh Prendiville used her speed to devastating effect throughout.

The full forward line of the captain, Aine Sheehan and Lillie Cox in the corners were unbeatable with Emma O’Regan at full forward a thorn in the Fossa side all evening long.

Substitutes: Aisling Kearney, Ciara McCarthy and Chloe Cahill all came on and played a major part in the Desmonds victory.

Desmonds Panelists

The other Desmonds panelists of : Ava Brennan, Alex Sheehan, Dayna Horan, Aoife Walsh, Emma Browne, Ava Regan, Shauna Kissane, Grace Cahill and Leah O’Connell all got game time throughout the league. They are still eligible to play U-14 for another year so the future is bright for this young Desmonds side.

The Desmonds team mentors were: Dan Kearney, Eddy Regan, Niall O’Connor, Pat Sheehan and Aileen Lynch. Castleisland Desmonds U-14 girls would again like to thank NOC Heating for the sponsorship of their fabulous set of new jerseys.

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