Scoil Mhuire from Glenties won the Schools Girls A Section for small schools defeating reigning Champions Holy Family NS, Newport in a role reversal of last year’s competition at the The An Post FAI Primary Schools five-a-side National Finals in Tallaght on Tuesday.
Scoil Mhuire opened 2-2 Piltown NS from Kilkenny. The deadlock is broken courtesy of a Danielle McDevitt goal for the Glenties side six minutes in before a great looping free-kick from Bethany Carroll evaded everyone from the halfway line and goes in for a magnificent equaliser 60 seconds later.
Scoil Mhuire’s Amy Boyle Carr had a great run down the flank followed by a shot which was saved but the ball rolled back to her nicely and she unleashed an unstoppable strike past the helpless goalkeeper, Anna Dowley on nine minutes. A second goal on 14 minutes was awarded to Piltown’s Sine Kavanagh following a smart finish between the posts to bring a well deserved equaliser.
The Donegal girls followed up that draw with a fine 4-0 win over St Ibar’s NS, Castlebridge, Co Wexford. The opener came three minutes into the second half from the dangerous Amy Boyle Carr, who slotted home the first of her side’s four-goal tally.
Carr’s tally was doubled two minutes later with a powerful shot on goal. She turned supplier for the Glenties’ third providing a strong run down the wing to pull the ball across the face of the goal for Danielle McDevitt to nick into the back of the net on 16 minutes.
It was two minutes from time when Amy Boyle Carr completed her second hat-trick of the afternoon with another powerful drive to cap a wonderful performance for Scoil Mhuire.
A 1-1 draw against Holy Family NS, Newport, Co Mayo sealed the title. A well placed shot by Holy Family’s Jennifer Chambers puts the Mayo girls one up with the All-Ireland title in their sights.
Scoil Mhuire were patient in their build up and nearly got the equaliser just past the midway point in the second half. Bronagh Gallagher hoping to keep their hopes of winning the title alive with a role reversal on the title holder’s ambitions.
Amy Boyle Carr who picked up Player of the Tournament in this section got the equaliser on the stroke of full time as she pulled off an outstanding goal from close range.
Scoil Mhuire were runners up to Newport last season but they got their revenge by defeating the defending Champions this season on goal difference after their head to head battle remained all square. Wonderful scenes of joy for the Glenties girls but heartbreak for the Newport outfit. It was a thrilling conclusion to the game for any neutral spectator to witness.