Under 12 Girls Inter League

U12 Girls Inter League

U12 Girls Inter League Final in UL on Saturday 25th of June 2016 ...

U12 Girls Inter League U12 Girls Inter League Final in UL on Saturday 25th of June 2016 ... Narrow Loss in U12 Girls Inter league final The Desmond girls traveled the short journey to the fabulous setting of the University sports campus in Limerick to compete in the last four of the all Ireland inter league competition of which is only in its second year running. The girls had previously come through the group stages undefeated and high hopes were had for this fantastic group of young girls. The girls had been in great form coming into this weekend having not conceded a goal in 12 games prior to this semi - final and having scored 14 goals in the group stages earlier in the month. First up for the girls was a very organised group of girls from Mayo. There was very little between these two teams, there was a few nervous moments in the first half, the chances on both sides were minimal at this stage. The Desmond girls started the second half with a lot more confidence and started to come out on top in most departments,with only a few minutes remaining on the clock a draw looked certain but the girls were not finished yet. A long throw by one of the girls of the tournament Siobhra Walsh found Ava Horgan down the right wing who sprinted passed her marker and put in one of many fine crosses on the day which paid dividends this time when Kate Neville timed her run to perfection and found the net with a great shot into the bottom corner of the net. The girls held out to the final whistle for a well deserved win and a place in the final against a very fancied Galway side. There was going to be very little between these two sides, this game was very different from the semi final in such as you had two great teams trying to play the beautiful game as it should be. This was a great advertisement for girls soccer, the large crowd in attendance of which was greatly appreciated by the girls especially with the U16 Gaynor squad in attendance who showed great hospitality to the girls earlier in the day and shared there houses with them in preparation for days competition were treated to a right battle. Galway scored right on half time with a fine individual goal from the center mid. The Desmond girls battled on right to the final whistle and were very unlucky with only minutes to go as another fantastic cross form Ava just flashed out side the reach of the on rushing Nicole mcnamara who put in another tremendous shift from the onset. All the girls on this panel have played a really important role in getting to these finals in such as they have had 6 different girls finding the net en route to the final. The defense starting with the two great keepers had not conceded a goal in a competitive game until the final today, Roisin in the middle with siobhra and Molly on either side have been the complete defensive package. The midfield led by Lorna in the middle with Kate and sarah on either side have mesmerized opposition with there skill and ability to maintain possession at such an early age is a credit to all the hard work they have put in out side of there normal training hours. Nicole and Ava have had a great partnership up front all year of which im sure will continue to grow. This panel of players represented good spread of Desmond league clubs 10 in total. U12's Panel: Ava Horgan ,Michelle Quirke ,Kaylin O’ Connor(Abbeyfeale Utd FC) Shona Tierney (Glantine FC) Roisin Corbett (NCW AFC), Molly McCarthy (Broadford Utd AFC), Laura McMahon, Ciara Houlihan, Nicole McNamara, Aime O’ Keeffe, Sarah Hayes (Ballingarry FC); Kate Neville (Askeaton FC) Siobhra Walsh (AK United), Niamh Dillion (Kildimo Utd), Ella O’ Connor (Shannonside FC) Ella Tobin, Lorna Healy (GB Rovers) This group of young girls are a great credit to there club and league. The management team of Mike Boyle, Betty Sommers, Franny Walsh, Tara Walsh and Jenni Lyttle have had a fantastic year with these girls and as one man said today on the sideline for this proud league the future is very bright.