Holy Family 1-6 St Fiacc’s 3-1
Roinn 1 Girls Champ Final
Holy Family were crowned Division 1 Girls champions this morning in O’Moore Park as they got the better of a tough St Fiacc’s side in the first of three finals the school today.
The rule of two points for a goal in the girls game worked in their favour as they won by just a solitary point as they withstood a ferocious St Fiacc’s comeback.
Holy Family started this one really well and were three points to the good up after nine minutes.
Anna Mulligan, Ailbhe Carroll and Leah McEvoy all pointed for the Portlaoise school who would’ve been further ahead but for some great St Fiacc’s defending.
Hannah Matthews and Orla Keating made some wonderful blocks at different stages while keeper Ella Matthews was called into action twice and pulled off fine saves.
The Graiguecullen outfit struggled to get forward but on a rare outing up the field, they won a free which Heidi Jones fired to the net to make it a one point game.
Nevertheless, on the stroke of half time, Leah McEvoy collected a pass from Anna Mulligan and drove a shot to the back of the net from close range to leave Holy Family ahead 1-3 to 1-0 at half time.
Chloe Byrne extended Holy Family’s lead but their keeper Katie Cahill had to be smart down the other end to deny the in form Heidi Jones of a second St Fiacc’s goal.
As we entered the final quarter, St Fiacc’s pushed full back Orla Keating forward and the move instantly payed off as she rattled the net and then added a free to make it a one point game with seven minutes to play.
And then three minutes later, St Fiacc’s dramatically went ahead when the excellent Keri Fraser found Keating at the back post and she slotted her second goal to make it 3-1 to 1-4.
Abbey Louise Byrne levelled the game with a close range point and then Ailbhe Carroll gave Holy Family a one point lead as we entered injury time.
And that would turn out to be the match winning score as Holy Family held on to win by one.
SCORERS – Holy Family: Anna Mulligan 0-1 (one free), Ailbhe Carroll 0-2 (one 45), Leah McEvoy 1-1, Chloe Byrne 0-1, Abbey Louise Byrne 0-1 Graiguecullen: Heidi Jones 1-0 (1-0 frees), Orla Keating 2-1
Holy Family: Katie Cahill; Faye Byrne, Aoife Morris, Ruby Doyle, Roisin Murphy, Ailbhe Carroll, Abbey Louise Byrne, Sarah McDonald, Chloe Byrne, Leah McEvoy, Anna Mulligan. Subs: Abi Brennan, Cara Coleman, Gillian McEvoy
Graiguecullen: Ella Matthews; Orla Keating, Hannah Matthews, Kayla McCartney, Abbey O’Shea, Keri Fraser, Ana Luisa Salvador, Leah Nelson Cummins, Sophia Rocca, Heidi Jones, Hannah Kerfah. Subs: Ella Maguire, Chloe Tierney, Destiny Ukawoko, Grace Lennon, Katie Marie Connors, Raqibat Oyeniyi, Sophie Foley Smith, Hanna Sallai, Gabriella Sibanda