Gaelic glory for Gowran girls

The St Mary's NS Gowran team, Roinn A Gaelic football champions 2013
The primary schools girls’ Gaelic football league has been another resounding success.

The primary schools girls’ Gaelic football league has been another resounding success.

Now in its eighth year, the league now boasts 30 participating schools. Competitions in Roinn A, B and C consisted of six teams each while 12 teams in Roinn D were divided into North and South.

After many games, which began in September, the round of finals began with the A decider between Thomastown and Gowran. The B and C finals form a double header which will be held at Nowlan Park today (Wednesday). The action begins with the B final between Kilkenny School Project and Graignamanagh at 1.30pm, while Urlingford and Conahy meet in the Roinn C final at 2.45pm.

In Roinn D Southern winners Callan, who beat Dunnamaggin by 2-2 to 1-4, will play one of the Northern trio of Presentation Kilkenny, Firoda/Wandesforde or Presentation Castlecomer in their final.

Conditions were perfect for the Roinn A final as defending champions Thomastown put their title on the line against Gowran.

The Gowran girls settled early with a fine Amy Lennon point, a lead they increased when Maddy Lawson ran on to a superb pass from Sara O’Neill to calmly slot home a great goal in the 10th minute.

The Thomastown girls refused to panic, but shots from Roisin O’Keeffe, Michelle Donnelly and Sinead O’Keeffe were blocked by the Gowran backline. Having weathered the storm Gowran attacked again. When a shot was stopped on the line Sara O’Neill pounced to make it 2-1 to 0-0.

Thomastown managed to get into gear after that, Eva Hynes shooting three points but Eimear Naddy and Maddy Lawson replied to leave Gowran 2-3 to 0-3 in front at half-time.

In the second half the girls in blue laid siege to the Gowran goal but netminder Zoe Fenlon proved unbeatable as just one part of an outstanding Gowran defence. Forced to shoot from distance, Thomastown cut the gap with points from Eva Hynes and Laoise Fennelly-Hunt, but the goal they needed never came, Gowran’s Aoife Farrell clearing her lines to great effect.

Despite constant pressure from a young and determined Thomastown, Gowran held on to claim their second Roinn A title in three years on a 2-3 to 0-5 scoreline.

Gowran - Zoe Fenlon, Laura Langton, Caitlin Simpson, Aoife Farrell, Rachel Doyle, Hazel Devitor, Ciara O’Keeffe, Tiffanie Fitzgerald, Eimear Naddy, Maddie Lawson, Amy Lennon, Sarah O’Neill, Lenika Artini, Miriam Brennan, Jessica Devitor, Lauren McCormack, Reece Carter, Sinead Healy, Saoirse Smith, Nya Lee, Aisling Rudkins.

Thomastown - Sinéad Galway, Ciara Prendergast, Keri Whelan, Nicole Dunne, Róisín Moran, Laoise Fennelly Hunt, Eva Hynes, Sinéad O’Keeffe, Orla O’Keeffe, Róisín O’Keeffe, Michelle Donnelly, Keely Maher, Caoimhe Kelly Brennan, Ava Collins, Chloe Scally, Sarah Barcoe, Áine Kirwan, Ellen Molloy, Dearbhla O’Reilly, Hannah Hayes, Una Donnelly, Anna Cass, Edie Maher, Sarah Hudson, Sara Ella O’Donohue, Annie Waugh, Hannah Monks, Ella Mai Somers, Hannah Burke, Emer McDermott.