Sunday 30 Nov 2014 Fe 14 - Football Championship
Midleton GAA (6-06) vs Fermoy (3-06)
Last Sunday the Midleton Ladies U14 team brought the East Cork Football 2014 season to a close with a great win over a very good Fermoy team in the East Cork Championship final. Midleton proved the old adage that ‘goals win games’ when they ran out winners on a score line of 6-06 to 3-06 played in the terrific facilities of Kilworth GAA club.
Fermoy fought back gallantly in the second half but the Midleton girls did just enough to keep the Fermoy Girls at bay and add the U14 title to the U16 won the week previously.
The game started with Fermoy doing all the running and settled quickly, racing into a 3 point lead. Midleton had two goal chances only for the Fermoy goalie making two great saves. After 10 minutes Midleton found the back of the Fermoy net with a great team goal worked up from the Midleton backline. This was followed by a well taken point and put us into the lead, a lead we held until the final whistle.
The first half settled into a good game of open football with Fermoy’s attacking play putting us under pressure. Midleton backs played well and Shauna in goal was in great form saving us on more than one occasion. Midleton led by 5 points at the break, but it was a much closer game than the score suggests with both teams getting the same number of scores, it was just that Midleton got the goals.
Half-time 3-2 to 0-6
A few changes at half time steadied the ship and our girls started at a blistering pace finding the Fermoy Goal for the fourth time, putting us eight points up. Fermoy are a good team and they hit a purple patch midway through the second half, bringing the game to Midleton the succeeded in beating the Midleton defence on two rare occasions for two well taken goals bring the score back to 2 points with about 10 minutes remaining. Midleton were determined not to give this one up dug in and took the game back to Fermoy, resulting in another goal. Fermoy had their chances but a combination of super defending and hitting the crossbar left Fermoy with a difficult mountain to climb.
Fair play to Fermoy, they kept going to the end but it was not to be their day. Midleton on the day were that bit stronger and all the midleton collectively as a team ran their socks off and were superb on the day. The U16 win the previous week and the semi-final V Na Piarsaighs also on the previous Sunday gave the girls huge confidence and entered this game with high expectations. For this bunch of girls it was a great return after a very long session, starting in February and finishing on the last day of November.
Full-time Score 6-6 to 3-6
Panel: Shauna Horgan, Ciara Stack, Abby Quirke, Kate Dineen, Erin Nagle, Roisin O’Callaghan, Laura O’Leary, Deirdre Corcoran, Molly Beausang (Captain), Rhea Buckely, Kari McEvoy, Sarah Murphy, Orla Fleming, Susan Roche, Aoife Franklin, Gillian Mulcahy, Katie Ryan, Courtney English, Lizzie Phiri, Rayanna Power, Aine O’Neill, Sadhbh Beausang, Lucy Kenneally, Ellen Ryan
Scorers: Molly Beausang 1-5, Kari McEvoy 1-0, Orla Fleming 2-0, Erin Nagle 1-0, Rhea Buckley 1-0, Susan Roche 0-1