Scoil Mhuire Lidl Post Primary Schools Grade A All Ireland Champions!

Scoil Mhuire Carrick on Suir 4-16 Colaiste Iosagain Dublin 2-8

The Senior Football team from Scoil Mhuire, Carrick-on-Suir roared to victory in Nowlan Park on Monday the 7th of March 2016 against the formidable Coliste Iosagain of Stillorgan, Dublin. It was a day filled with anticipation, excitement and ultimately, elation for the team and all their supporters. The team were well prepared and focused on the challenge that lay ahead due to the extensive training provided by their excellent management team of Annette o’ Connell and Paul Shankey.

The match kicked off at 1pm to the rapturous cheers of supporters from Scoil Mhuire and Colaiste Iosagain, Stillorgan. Colaiste Iosagain presented a tough defence in the opening minutes with the Scoil Mhuire ladies struggling to break through.

The opening point for Scoil Mhuire came from captain Aoife Murray, showing the forwards that persistence and determination was the winning formula for this encounter. Colaiste Iosagain answered the opening scores of Scoil Mhuire quickly and there was a difference of only a few points for the first ten minutes. The Scoil Mhuire ladies kept the pressure on with Katie and Aoife Murray providing points from play and some frees.

The turning point came with a fantastic goal by Keeley Corbett Barry at the half way point in the first half. The supporters of Scoil Mhuire erupted into a cacophony of cheers. The girls settled into their stride and displayed their pace and support of each other more and more as the first half drew into its final minutes. They dominated possession with the Scoil Mhuire backs consistently moving the ball away from their own goal when Colaiste Iosagain moved in to the Scoil Mhuire half of the field.

Colaiste Iosagain made valiant attempts to score but were unlucky as the wind was against them and they could not achieve the same accuracy as the Scoil Mhuire ladies. When the half time whistle came Scoil Mhuire held an impressive lead of 1-07 to 0-03.

The second half began with both teams coming out determined to make their mark on the half. Colaiste Iosagain came out with a renewed determination scoring two goals and five points in quick succession. This presented a fresh challenge to the Scoil Mhuire ladies. They settled in to a rhythm once again and won back possession at crucial stages in the match.

The crucial saves by the fantastic goalie Cailin Power in goal and backs Kate Hahessey, Emily McCarthy and Halannah White kept the Scoil Mhuire lead safe when their fortunes could have easily turned. The incredible work by all players, the pace of mid fielders Kelly Ann Doyle and Emma Murray. The weather turned in the second half as the girls played in heavy rain.

The Scoil Mhuire girls never gave up and with the constant and unwavering support of their students, teachers, families and friends in the crowd encouraged the girls they rallied to score a number of points. The incredible goals by Geraldine Power and Beth Norris in the last fifteen minutes of the game meant ecstatic cheers and cries from the crowd and the assurance that victory would be coming to Carrick-on-Suir.

Colaiste Iosagain battled valiantly until the very last minute. By the time the final whistle blew the heavy rain had given way to warm sunshine with the final score at Scoil Mhuire 4-16 Colaiste Iosagain 2-08.

The pitch was swarmed by the elated Scoil Mhuire supporters congratulating their classmates, friends and teachers. Player of the match went to the deserving Geraldine Power who scored a very impressive 2-2.

For Scoil Mhuire and the wider Carrick-on-Suir community this will be a day that will not be forgotten and will be cherished by the players, their coaches and supporters for many years to come.

Congratulations and thank you to the players, Annette O’ Connell and Paul Shankey for all their hard work and commitment over recent months and years to bring the Scoil Mhuire ladies from D division all the way to Senior A All Ireland Champions.