Muckalee: Local girls win in county final

Schools’ Roinn D School County Final - Congratulations to the girls from Coon and Muckalee National schools who won the Roinn D football county Final, in only their third year in the competition.  There was great excitement all week, as the team prepared and the pupils made flags and banners, in the build up to this local derby decider with neighbours Conahy.  And what drama and excitement enfolded on the day, in front of a large crowd in Freshford.

Schools’ Roinn D School County Final - Congratulations to the girls from Coon and Muckalee National schools who won the Roinn D football county Final, in only their third year in the competition.  There was great excitement all week, as the team prepared and the pupils made flags and banners, in the build up to this local derby decider with neighbours Conahy.  And what drama and excitement enfolded on the day, in front of a large crowd in Freshford.

With a determined start from both teams, it was Conahy who gained an early advantage with a goal and two points. Our girls quickly settled into the game. Centre back Siobhán Coady and mid-fielders; Clodagh Hanlon, Laura Mac Dowell and Hazel Moore began to dominate the play and they provided a good supply of ball to full forwards, Caoimhe Downey, Katie O’Neill and Gráinne Kelly, but some good defending left us scoreless. It wasn’t long however, until Aoife Murphy weaved and wriggled her way through to find the back of the net.  Just before half time Alannah Keegan gave a great pass to Katie O’Neill, who soloed through and passed into Gráinne Kelly who finished well to give us a slim lead at the break; 2:0 to 1:2.

Coon-Muckalee continued to dominate the second half with a point by Aoife Murphy and goal by Katie O’Neill to establish a five point lead. With our backs, Chloe Dooley, Therese Kelly and Hannah Doyle, defending brilliantly and some fantastic saves from Caoimhe McGuinness the title seemed secure. Conahy, however, came storming back to score two goals, following close range frees, in the space of two minutes to give them a one point lead with time running out. However a gallant Coon-Muckalee kept their concentration and some fine team passes found Clodagh Hanlon, twenty metres out who, with great courage and composure, steadied herself and planted the ball in the back of the Conahy net with time up. Conahy had one last chance, late in injury time, but Therese Kelly managed a great defensive tackle and with her clearance came the final whistle.

Hysteria ensued as one and all went charging to the centre of the field, flags and banners flying high, to congratulate our thirty-seven hardworking girls. Final score: Coon-Muckalee 4:1 Conahy 3:2.

Panel: Ciara Hurley, Aoife O’Neill, Molly Ryan, Sophie Phelan, Robyn Burke, Catherine Brennan, Shauna Coady, Darcy Hutchinson, Kate Cullen, Caoimhe Hayes, Sinead Healy, Noelle Dowling, Carlise Comerford, Ava Coogan, Ava O’Shea, Kate Ring, Niamh Buggy, Orla Nolan, Eadaoin Coady, Saoirse Hayes, Chloe Allen, Rebecca Walsh, Leah Finnegan, Sarah Murphy.

Ballyfoyle Christmas Mass - Ballyfoyle Church as part of the Coon/Muckalee parishes will hold a meeting in Ballyfoyle Hall (old school) on Friday next 7th December to organise a choir to sing at the Christmas Mass in Ballyfoyle. All interested are invited to the meeting.

Muckalee Childcare Community Project - Muckalee Childcare Community Project has joined up with RTE’s Operation Transformation as one of their groups. This is a weight lose programme, as a group in Operation Transformation there will be a donation of €20 and we will carry out an eight-week programme incorporating a weekly weigh-in and a diet and exercise plan. This programme will commence on the 7th of January. It is hoped that this will bring the community together and everyone will feel fitter and healthier by the end of it. To join our group please contact any staff member in Muckalee Childcare Community Project or phone 0564440004