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Feile Girls 2015

posted 20 Apr 2015, 13:23 by Athlone GAA

The Athlone u14 girls competed in the Westmeath Feile last weekend. There was a change in format for Feile this year and all division 1 teams were placed in one group of an elite Feile competition so there were 8 teams competing. There were two groups of four with the top two advancing to the semi –finals on Sunday.  Athlone faced Rochfortbridge, Kilbeggan and Moate on a bright but breezy morning in Pairc Chiarain.

Rochfortbridge were first up for the girls in blue and white. Aided by a strong breeze Athlone started brightly but the Bridge were first to score with a fine point. However two quick goals from Brionna Geoghegan and Niamh McGann followed by points from Grace Halligan (2) and Brionna (3) put us in control and the trend continued in the second half with Grace adding 1-2 to give a final score of Athlone 3-7 Rochfordbridge 1-1

Kilbeggan were next up and again Athlone conceded the first score but then Brionna and Grace scored 1-2 between them to give a half time score of 1-2 to 0-1. There was concern in the camp as we had a slim lead turning to face the wind in the second half but a great start to the second half saw points from Brionna and Kate Faller and a goal from Grace. Kilbeggan then scored 1-1 to reduce the margin but Grace and Brionna added a point each to leave the final score of Athlone 2-6 Kilbeggan 1-2

Moate had also won their two games so both teams had qualified for the semi final so the result was not of major importance. However we were anxious to continue the winning habit so the girls put everything into this game. For the third match in a row we conceded first when Moate scored a goal but Brionna replied with a point to give a half time score of 0-1 to 1-0 in Moate’s favour. A good start to the second half saw a Kate Faller goal and a Brionna Geoghegan point to put us two points up. Unfortunately the girls seemed to lose concentration at that point and despite some valiant defending Moate added 1-3 in that half to give a final score line of Athlone 1-2 Moate 2-3.  However despite the loss to Moate the girls should be proud of the three performances against quality opposition. The backs defended excellently for the most part and linked very well with the midfield and the forwards had some wonderful passing movements that resulted in scores.

On Sunday morning it was a repeat of last year when we faced Killucan in the semi-final. Athlone started with the wind and had an early point from Brionna. Killucan replied with two points but Athlone dominated for the remainder of the half and a further point from Brionna was added to by Grace who scored 1-2. We also had a number of other great opportunities but failed to take them. This was to prove very costly as we were blitzed by Killucan in the second half where they scored 5-3 and our only scores were a goal from Brionna and a point from Kate Faller. The final score was Killucan 5-5 Athlone 2-5.

Although the dream of being Feile Champions was over for this year we still had to face The Downs in a third/fourth place play off. The Downs were in the final for the past couple of years so it was expected to be a close encounter. However the Athlone girls were in no mood to lose two games in a row and dominated from the throw in. Scores from Grace (0-4), Brionna (0-1), Nadia (1-0) and Niamh (0-1) left the score at half time 1-6 to 0-1. The second half followed a similar pattern with Niamh (1-1), Grace (2-1) and Nadia (0-1) all on the score sheet to leave the score at the final whistle Athlone 4-9 The Downs 0-2.

To finish third in the Division 1 Feile is further progress from this talented group. If we can eliminate some of our mistakes and become more clinical in front of goal there is no reason why the girls will not be in contention in this year’s championship.

Panel: Lucy Sheridan, Nicole Murray, Wiktoria Sewerniak, Kirsty Johnston, Amy Earl, Blessing Imade, Ella McGlynn, Nadia Molloy, Brionna Geoghegan, Kasey Quinn, Niamh McGann, Kate Faller, Becky Imade, Eadaoin Martin, Grace Halligan, Ellen O’Connell, Ava Wykes, Ailbhe Moylan, Emily O’Callaghan, Edel Cleary, Sorcha McGlynn.