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Clare U 14 Girls 2014

 

The Clare U 14 Girls Panel came together in late 2013 for trials culminating in the  Marion Keane Cup Competition which is a Divisional team event  in memory of the late Marion Keane (Barefield)  Over 75 players attended the various trials and training sessions from early December. The team was managed by Joe Downes (Cooraclare),  David O Brien (Cooraclare) , Pat Keane (Miltown Malbay), Minnie Considine  (Liscannor)and  Pat Hanrahan (Doora Barefield). First Aid was provided by Una Hehir (Miltown Malbay). One of the features of this group was their great interest in playing for the county and in coming together for training. They trained twice weekly from mid-January onwards and over the season developed a very strong bond as a group. While in the end they narrowly missed out on silverware , they showed great commitment and skill and have the potential to develop further if they continue to train and work together. There are some exceptionally talented and dedicated girls in this group and every effort should be made to support their development. Training and  matches took place in Cooraclare  , Miltown Malbay, Eire Og , St. Flannans College  Doora Barefield  and Corofin. These clubs are to be thanked for the  use of their fine facilities. Some clubs are very reluctant to give access to their facilities, even with club members on the panel. This is a constant source of difficulty for team management and needs some consideration. The Clare Ladies Football Board under the Chairmanship if Bernie O Regan were very supportive to this group despite their inadequate resources.

 

Clare 0 – 8     Waterford  4 – 3

In their first Match in March the Clare  Under 14 Girls lost out to Waterford in the first round of the Munster Championship at Miltown. It was very much a game of two halves with Waterford scoring 3 goals during the first half while playing against a strong wind. They led 3 – 2 to 0 – 3 at halftime. Things looked very bleak for the Clare girls as they faced into the stiff breeze. However in an excellent second half performance Clare fought back with 5 unanswered points to leave a goal between the sides with five minutes left. However Waterford finished the better with a goal and a point from frees to run out winners on the day. The Clare girls were disappointed with their first half performance but will took many positives from the second 30 minutes.

 

Clare U 14 Girls overcome Tipperary

Clare 3 – 8     Tipperary 4 - 4


 In the second match Clare edged out Tipperary by a single point, at Cashel , in the Munster  U 14 Championship. Playing with the wind in the first half Clare missed a number of goal opportunities and as a result went in 2 points down. Tipperary piled on the pressure in the second period but some great defending by the Clare defence and midfield kept Clare  within reach. Gradually Clare girls  got on top and finished the stronger. A great goal from Catriona Callinan sealing the victory,  2 minutes from the final whistle. This result kept Clare in contention for a place in the semi final.

 

Clare U 14 Girls beat Limerick to reach Munster A semi final.

Clare 4 - 5     Limerick 3 – 2

Clare U 14 girls saw off the challenge of Limerick at Bruff  in the 3d match in the Munster Championship. After a slow start which saw them trail by 2 - 1 to 0 - 0 after twenty minutes , Clare suddenly caught fire following some re-structuring of the team and a Fidelma Marrinan 21st minute goal.  Clare tacked on three unanswered points before the interval to trail by just the minimum (1 - 3 to 2 - 1) at the break.

 

Clare were much the better side in the second half and played great football at times. A goal from Megan Downes put them level and a brace of goals from Meg Brennan in the 53rd & 55th minutes sealed the deal. After a shaky start the defence was excellent with Team Captain Tara Kelly and full back Sarah Marrinan outstanding.

 

This victory  qualified Clare for the Munster "A" semi-final against Cork  which was played in Gurteen the following week. After a very competitive first half Cork proved too strong and showed that there is a significant gap that has to be bridged. Cork went on to lose to Kerry in the A Final and Clare took on Waterford in the B Final.

 

 

Great fight back not enough for Clare in U 14 Final

 Waterford 3 – 9     Clare            3 – 8

 

Clare U 14 girls lost out to Waterford by a single point in the Munster B Final at Cappamore . Clare were very slow to settle in this match and despite having a light breeze behind them never really got into it during the first half. The physically stronger Waterford girls dominated throughout the half sending Clare to the dressing room at half time 11 points down. (3-5 to 0-3)

Clare made a number of changes at halftime and came out for the second half determined to improve the situation but clearly under severe pressure. After 2 minutes they went 12 points down before the game began to change. Clare began to win ball around the mid-field , where Emer Hanrahan and Captain Tara Kelly  dominated and the  area and the speedy  Clare forwards began to open up the Waterford defence. Remarkably after 25 minutes the game was level. Both sides had chances in the closing stages but Waterford got the winning score with time almost up. This group of Clare footballers showed, during the second half, that they have huge skill , determination and potential. However they are left to rue a very poor first half performance which cost them the title.

 

Clare U 14 Girls Panel 2014

 

1.       Niamh O Keeffe (Doora – Barefield) GK

2.       Shona Power (Doora Barefield

3.       Tara Kelly (Shannon Gaels) -Captain

4.       Aine Keane (Miltown Malbay)

5.       Laoise Ryan (Banner)

6.       Lizzie Roche (Burren Gaels)

7.       Sarah Marrinan (West Clare Gaels)

8.       Emer Hanrahan (Doora – Barefield

9.       Sarah McCann (Coolmeen)

10.   Aisling Reidy (Doora- Barefield)

11.   Megan Downes (Cooraclare)

12.   Emma McMahon (Coolmeen)

13.   Eimear Keane (Miltown Malbay)

14.   Fidelma Marrinan (West Clare Gaels)

15.   Caitriona Callinan (Kilmihil)

16.   Michaela Glynn (Kilmihil) GK

17.   Meg Brennan (Liscannor)

18.   Ciara Corbett (Banner)

19.   Kiera McGrath (Doora – Barefield)

20.   Aisling Morrissey (Cooraclare)

21.   Mary Conneally ( Clooney)

22.   Aine Slattery ( Fergus Rovers)

23.   Alana hanrahan (Fergus Rovers)

24.   Aoife Hehir (Miltown Malbay)

25.   Michelle Marrinan (West Clare Gaels)

26.   Roisin Brew (West Clare Gaels)

27.   Roisin Kelly (Doonbeg)

28.   Aoife Nagle ( Liscannor)

29.   Ciara Lernihan (Kilmihil)

30.   Siobhan Brew (West Clare Gaels)

31.   Mairead Grogan (Shannon Gaels)

32.   Niamh McDonagh (Doora- Barefield)

33.   Ciara Sheehan (Fergus Rovers)



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