“Excitement and delight,” were the words of Mulroy College Principal Fiona Temple when she reported that Mulroy College Senior girls are in their third All-Ireland Senior B final in seven years.
Mulroy College, Milford 2
Ramsgrange Community School, Wexford 1
The team won 2-1 having come from behind against Ramsgrange Community School from Wexford in the All-Ireland semi-final in the AUL complex in Dublin on Tuesday. Lianne Boyce and Eimear Gibbons were the goalscorers.
Wexford’s Fiona Rowe got the perfect start for the Rams as she converted from close range in the first minute of proceedings before Mulroy had even settled into the game. This enticed the Mulroy College girls to lift their heads and show off their skills.
The midfield was far the superior with captain Aoife McDevitt showing determination and leadership in the centre of midfield supported by Mariosa Friel, Michelle Doherty and Lucy Marie O’Flynn.
It was evident that Mulroy were destined to score with near misses from Michelle Doherty and Caoimhe Walsh.
The strength of the defence with Orla Mc Gonigle, Rosheen Mc Ginley, Lianne Boyce and Zoe Greene ensured that Karla McBride had a quite time in nets.
As Ramsgrange started to show tiredness in the second half, Mulroy substitutes were introduced that showed further determination.
On the 55th minute Lianne Boyce struck a long range power shot that rattled the net and nearly went through it for 1-1.
This lifted the spirits and the excellent passes continued down the wing between Mariosa Friel, Aoife Mc Devitt and Zoe Greene.
Greene was moved up front and was superb partnered with Caoimhe Walsh. Both girls winded their way through the Ramsgrange defence. It was looking like extra time when Eimear Gibbons’ height made the difference to put Mulroy ahead with two minutes remaining.
The Mulroy College team held out for a well deserved win and entry into the All-Ireland final on February 5.
Mulroy will await the winners of St. Peter’s Community School, Passage West and Coláiste Mhuire, Ballymote as they contest the other semi-final on Thursday in Salthill Devon FC.
“I am delighted for them, the girls work so hard at training and this is reflected in the result today,” team manager Pauline Ann Gavigan said.
“They never stopped even when we went one down in the first minute. I’ll be hoping for a repeat of this in the final - no pressure girls’.” Pauline Ann also thanked her coaching staff - Aisling Mc Ateer, Maria Ryan and Paul Mc Govern as well as the kit boys Dermot Friel and Owen Deeley.
Fiona Temple concluded by congratulating the team and management and commented that “the school has been very successful in soccer, gaelic, rugby and athletics this year so far, and I encourage all young people to get involved.”
Mulroy College: Carla McBride, Rosheen McGinley, Zoe Green, Orla McGonigle, Lianne Boyce, Mariosa Friel, Lucy Marie O’Flynn, Michelle Doherty, Aoife McDevitt, Amanda Callaghan, Caoimhe Walshe Subs: Eimear Gibbons, Roisin McElwaine, Grainne Friel, Orla Sweeney, Louise Lynch.
Teachers: Pauline Anne Gavigan, Aisling Crawford.
Ramsgrange CS, New Ross: Kathryn Whelan, Noirin Mac, Amy Butler, Siobhan Rowe,Ali Stooks, Eimear Mullan, Fiona Rowe, Roisin Murphy, Dani Odham, Shannon Doyle, Carrie Odham. Subs: Ciara Roche, Lydia Hickey, Laura Waters, Chloe Butler.
Teacher: William Gillard