Presentation Thurles win All-Ireland Final

UMBRO FAI Schools 1st Year Girls All Ireland Final

Coláiste Bríde, Enniscorthy 0-3 Presentation Secondary School, Thurles

Congratulations to the two CEIST schools, Presentation Secondary School, Thurles and Coláiste Bríde, Enniscorthy, Wexford who reached the FAI Schools 1st year final, with Presentation Thurles emerging victors after a great game.

Presentation Secondary School, Thurles scored a hat-trick of goals against an inspiring Coláiste Bríde, Enniscorthy to lift the UMBRO FAI Schools First Year Girls Cup in Athlone Town FC on Wednesday afternoon May30th.

The Thurles Tornadoes had strong opposition in Enniscorthy’s Coláiste Bríde and with only a recent history in the game would have it all to do if they were to be crowned national champions at only the second time of asking (Pres narrowly missed out on the All Ireland Futsal title before Christmas).

However, as the game unfolded, the Thurles tornadoes were convincing winners especially in the second half, imposing their superiority on proceedings late on.

Shonagh Cleary got the dream start for Presentation as the Munster star struck the ball between the legs of Enniscorthy’s Bríd Byrne inside the box to net her first of the afternoon on 7 minutes. A lucky strike but a goal nonetheless.Enniscorthy trio Niamh Sinnott, Derbhla Doyle and Caoimhe Denton tested keeper Christine Coffey in the early exchanges but the Thurles custodian was never tested beyond her incredible ability.

Thurles Captain Sarah McKevitt was imposing her presence on proceedings as she linked well with colleagues Sophie Loughnane and Cara O’Connor. McKevitt was also very unlucky to see her deft lob skim just wide of the upright on 18 minutes.

The Tipperary defence was under pressure as the interval approached with Casey Doyle and Meghan Roche of Enniscorthy combining well to spark a reaction from keeper Coffey to see their effort spring wide.There was only one between the sides as half time was called, Presentation just about justifying their slender advantage.

In the second half Coláiste Bríde imposed their presence on the game but unfortunately the equaliser was proving difficult to achieve as Niamh O’ Mahony and Georgina Abbott offered their opponents no chance in the heart of defence.

It wasn’t until midway through the second half that Thurles doubled their lead courtesy of lone striker Cleary once more. Shonagh went on a fantastic solo run down the centre of the park which saw her round Byrne in goal to slot the ball past the keeper’s right.

Mentor’s Edel Harding and Henry Flynn could hardly settle as Enniscorthy fancied their chances of getting one back courtesy of Aisling Gahan. The teenager was unlucky not to see her effort advance goal-ward however Robyn Moore intercepted at the appropriate time to keep two between the sides and she wrapped up the proceedings for Thurles with only minutes remaining as she slotted Presentation’s third of the game ensuring that the All Ireland title travelled to Tipperary in 2012.

The best was certainly saved until last as Robyn nutmeg’d her marker at right back before linking up with Hazel McAuliffe with a one-two in midfield and then advancing one on one with the Enniscorthy keeper before clipping a shot over the keepers reach and into the net; Moore only realising she had scored when she lifted herself off the ground following the tumble she took to protect herself while releasing the strike. Incredible!

An extraordinary year for Presentation Secondary School who impressed throughout the day and a late surge was definitely on the cards given their late winner against Sacred Heart School, Westport in their semi final fixture.

There will be many more All Ireland titles on the cards for these girls as they progress through the ranks of schools soccer.

Mr. Alex Harkin, FAI Schools was on hand to present the Umbro Cup to Presentation’s Captain Sarah McKevitt much to the delight of their amazingly vocal travelling supporters.

PRESENTATION SECONDARY SCHOOL, THURLES: Christine Coffey, Robyn Moore, Norah Kennedy, Georgina Abbott, Niamh O’Mahony, Hazel McAuliffe, Sarah McKevitt (Capt), Cara O’Connor, Sophie Loughlin, Holly O’Dwyer Shonagh Cleary

Subs: Bridget Delaney, Sinead O’Connell, Alix Barry Cullen, Clodagh Irwin Megan Woodlock

Teachers: Edel Harding & Henry Flynn


Pictured above are the UMBRO FAI Schools First Year Girls All Ireland Cup Champions 2012.