KILKENNY City Ladies Gaelic Football Club claimed their second Feile title in two years after they defeated Moyle Rovers in the Division 2 Feile Ladies Gaelic Football Final.
The panel and mentors left Kilkenny on Thursday and reached Glenties in West Donegal that night, where they were hosted by Naomh Connaill and given a very warm welcome.
The following day at 12 noon the girls started their first match of the 2013 Feile against their host club and Donegal Champions, Naomh Connaill, Glenties, coming out on top with a score of 5-9 to 1-0.
After that match the girls loaded onto buses and headed to Derry City for the Feile Parade with the other 150 competing teams. On Saturday morning bright and early the girls travelled from Glenties to Letterkenny, where their first match started at 9.30am against Donegal runners-up, St Eunan’s, Letterkenny.
Kilkenny City won that match on a score of 5-2 to 2-0. Next up for the city girls were the Clare Champions, West Clare Gaels in Letterkenny.
After a tough start to the game, going a goal down, the city girls got a handle on the Clare midfielders and over-ran the Clare team, winning out on a score of 5-4 to 1-0. The girls then awaited the winners of the other group to play in the semi-final, who were the Cavan champions, Baileborough.
The first half was a battle with both teams going toe to toe on the field, with no quarter being given or asked. Kilkenny City girls took a 0-1 to 0-0 lead in at the half time whistle.
In the second half, the city girls emerged to once again dominate the opposition by grinding out a 3-3 to 0-1 win, putting the Kilkenny side into the final. Sunday morning all roads led to the Walled City, as the Kilkenny City convoy of players, parents, families and friends left Glenties, Donegal, where they were to face the Tipperary Champions, Moyle Rovers, who had reached last year’s Division 2 semi-final.
Before the game, there was a torrential down pour of rain, which fortunately subsided before throw-in at 12 noon. The game started out at a fast pace with the city girls playing with the breeze and getting on the score sheet after seven minutes with a goal and then in quick succession following up with another goal and a point.
Just before the end of half, the city girls tacked on another point to go in at the half leading 2-2 to 0-0. In the second half, Moyle Rovers came out on the attack scoring a quick point and then with 15 minutes gone in the match, the Tipperary side were awarded a controversial goal, which had come off the underside of the cross bar. The referee deemed it a goal.
With the score now 2-2- to 1-1, the game was in the melting pot with five minutes left of normal time plus injury time added on of seven minutes, the city girls dug deep with strong defensive play by all on the team. In the third minute of the seven minutes added on the game was sealed with a goal to leave the final score of 3-2 to 1-1.
The final whistle blew and the Kilkenny City girls ran onto the field with their families to celebrate the clubs second Feile victory, after winning Division 3 in 2012 and now the Division 2 in 2013.
Captain, Aobha O’Gorman, lifted the cup and also received her second All-Ireland Feile medal. The panel, as a group of 27, were tremendous and gave it everything on and off the field, from the backs, through midfield to the forwards and also those who came on to play their part. Top scorer and centre forward, Ciara Delaney, bagged 6-12 and full forward, Kate Drennan scored nine goals, helping to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
The team who started the Feile final was Laura Tynan, Saoirse Comerford-Liston, Andi Snyder, Jane Cass, Eadaoin Murphy, Aobha O’Gorman (captain), Shauna Valentine, Niamh Deely, Ciara Deely, Nicole Carter, Ciara Delaney, Jennifer O’Keeffe, Beth Behan, Kate Drennan and Hannah Scott, with fellow panel members, Neasa Galwey (vice-captain), Rebecca Roche, Emma Nolan, Laoise Prenderville, Rachel Kelly, Hannah Kelly, Kate Dempsey, Clare Curtain, Sarah Smith, Lucy Power, Lucy Keane and Holly Smith.
The management team was Eoin Hennessy, Maria Twomey, John Gorey and Ray O’Keeffe.