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Ratheniska class ensures Division 1 girls glory

The Ratheniska team that got the better of Holy Family in the girls Division 1 final
Ratheniska 6-5 Holy Family Portlaoise 0-6

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Division 1 Girls

Ratheniska were crowned Division 1 girls champions after they got the better of Holy Family Portlaoise in the second game of the day.

Coming straight after Holy Family had won a thrilling boys final it meant the new school were denied a double success.

Ratheniska got off to a great start with points from Aoibheann Szwaglis and Hannah Guinan before Szwaglis then fisted a long delivery to the net and added a point shortly afterwards. It meant they were 1-3 to 0-0 up after just four minutes.

Orla Looney then added two quick-fire goals and Szawglis added two points before Ella McNulty got Holy Family off the mark with their first score of the game. Still, Ratheniska were in a strong position leading 3-5 to 0-1 at the break.

Szwaglis, Shannon Fitzpatrick and Looney all got a goal each early in the second half to further drive home Ratheniska’s advantage.

Holy Family battled on well though with the impressive Susie Delaney adding a couple of points as well as the lively Ella Hanamy.

But there was to be no stopping Ratheniska.

SCORERS – Ratheniska: Aoibheann Szwaglis 2-4, Orla Looney 3-0, Shannon Fitzpatrick 1-0, Hannah Guinan 0-1; Holy Family Portlaoise: Ella McNulty 0-1, Susie Delaney 0-3, Ella Hanamy 0-2

HOLY FAMILY, PORTLAOISE: Aimee Marum; Niamh Murphy, Emily Stack; Hannah McEvoy, Ellen Kerry; Susie Delaney, Ella McNulty; Kara Naughton, Teagan O’Reilly Byrne; Rachel Byrne, Ella Hanamy. Subs: Grace Meade; Caoimhe Hewitt, Ava Brazil, Shonagh Finlay, Keeva O’Reilly, Abi White

RATHENISKA: Emma Ramsbottom; Roisin Bracken, Eimear Brennan; Alison Dalton, Riona Duff; Tara Byrne, Shannon Fitzpatrick; Lily Duff, Hannah Guinan; Orla Looney, Aoibheann Szwaglis, Subs: Roisin Lalor, Ciara Lalor, Sarah Gallagher, Saoirse Heffernan, Grace Connolly, Katie Lalor, Esme van den Bergh, Lily van den Bergh, Anna Sheehan, Ellen O’Byrne, Tierna Kavanagh, Sarah Cahill, Ruby Conroy, Grace Cunningham


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