Naomh Éanna win the Winter League Cup
Naomh Éanna girls won their first silverware of the season this Saturday, 4 March at the Cricky on the Cliftonville Road.
This was the sixth year of the prestigious Winter League Under 14 Girls’ Football competition run by BCSDN. The competition stretched over nine weeks in total and of the 19 teams who entered in early January, sixteen clubs qualified for the four divisional semi-finals last Saturday. Naomh Éanna faced An Bhréadach (Bredagh) of Down in the Cup (Division 1) semi-final.
Naomh Éanna u14 Buaiteoirí Chorn an Gheimhridh 2017
Our girls were nervous at throw-in but soon found their form and played some lovely team football, passing and moving until the scoring opportunity arose. An Bhréadach are not the current Down Under 14 champions for nothing, however, and finished the half narrowly behind, 5-2 down.
In the second half of the semi-final Naomh Éanna pulled away to set up a final against Naomh Bríd, who had beaten Sarsfields well in the other semi-final. The South Belfast team is peppered with girls who represent Aontroim, so the Hightown girls knew they faced a stiff challenge in the final.
Naomh Éanna gave an excellent performance , however, restricting Naomh Bríd to a single score and scoring 2-8 themselves. The girls were extremely impressive and in the ten –a-side format it was notable that all sixteen members of the panel played on the day. Their skill and teamwork were a source of great pride to their coaches and the large number of parents and friends who had come to support the girls.
Captain Rose Sherlock gave a gracious acceptance speech and thanked BCSDN for organising the fantastic tournament and for the staff at the Cricky for the brilliant facilities. In the bigger picture it is a huge step forward for Girls Gaelic games in the city that over 300 girls took part in the competition and a source of great optimism for the Gaels of Glengormley and North Befast that our end of town can host and compete at the business end of such a massive tournament. Commiserations to Ciceaim Ard Eoin who lost narrowly to Naomh Seosamh, Lann Abhaí in their divisional final.
Tá bainisteoirí Naomh Éanna thar a bheith buíoch do na cailíní, do na tusmitheorií agus do lucht eagruithe an chomórtais. De réir a chéile agus ar scáth a chéile a thógfar na caisleáin!
Naomh Éanna Under 14: Rose Sherlock (Caiftín), Fi Morgan, Aoibhín Gormley, Ellie Murphy, Cara Bowes, Caoilinn Mc.Carthy, Molly Connolly, Eva-Rose Smyth, Sorcha Tumelty, Dearbhaile Mc.Givern, Cora O’Connor, Ciara Mc.Donnell, Caoimhe Finucane, Suibhne Gibney, Ailbhe Kane, Maria Mc.Kenna, Aoife Gilleece, Ciara Lappin, Ailbhe Mc Ruagáin.