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2014/15

Tesco Homegrown Post Primary Scools Senior Ladies All Ireland A Final

Glenamaddy Community School 4-5 Colaiste Dun Iascaigh Cahir 3-7

With Thanks to John Mulligan in Kinnitty

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They will talk about this game for years to come. Two committed teams playing outstanding football on a beautiful day with the result going the way of a Glenamaddy team who earned this title the hard way. This win will go down in history as a first All-Ireland PPS A title for the Galway School but there was so much more than that. In the last three years Glenamaddy CS have won the All-Ireland Junior A, Senior B and now Senior A titles. Something that must certainly be unprecedented and not since 2009 when the Sean Boland led Convent of Mercy to the same crown, had the cup even crossed the Shannon.  

Conditions were perfected with great credit going to the Offaly GAA club who had facilities in pristine condition and this would be a factor in the outstanding game witnessed by the large crowd. They would not be disappointed as Colaiste Dun Iascaigh, who had gone so close the year before only to lose this same final by a single point, got the ball rolling with a point after just sixteen seconds from Roisin Howard.  Exactly 41 seconds later Glenamaddy had the ball in the Cahir net. Nicola Ward and twin sister Louise set off on a run that saw the ball fall to Mary Fahy who promply put the ball past Lauren Fitzpatrick. Goal Glenamaddy and this game was now certainly on.

Both teams swapped scores with the outstanding Aisling Maloney putting in a great shift for Colaiste Dun Iascaigh. Her battle with Louise Ward one of the highlights of the afternoon. Glenamaddy’s second goal would come as the game moved into the second quarter. Again a lung busting run from Nicola Ward with Caoimhe Keaveney in support would send the ball into Fahy who made no mistake.

Cahir did have their chances in the opening half hour but Caoimhe Condon would have one of her own with finding the net after a well taken goal along after the ball was not cleared.  As the game entered the final minutes of the half, Cahir had closed the gap to a single point and were threatening on every occasion, only to be denied by some outstanding defending from Glenamaddy with Megan Heneghan her usual outstanding self. Another player who deserves credit at this junction was goalkeeper Elaine Mitchell who produced outstanding handling and distribution under pressure.

As the break approached Glenamaddy would have the ball in the net once more. Again a sweeping move from the back ended with the ball falling to Amy Mee who went one on one with the goalkeeper.  Mee’s experience with Kilkerrin’s WFAI Cup run would prove the difference as she slotted the ball into the bottom corner. That goal giving Glenamaddy a four point lead as they made their way to the dressing room.

The second Half was fraught with injury hold ups which might have explained for the sixteen minutes and 38 seconds of injury time played at the end of the second thirty. But both teams again fought like their lives depended on it. Cahir would fight back with Maloney’s goal again closing the gap. Glenamaddy brought on Caoimhe Boyle who had been injured a week previously and she went close only to be denied by an outstanding full length save by Fitzpatrick. Again the teams swapped points but as injury time kicked in this was a game that was going to be decided by another goal. It was. Boyle and Nicola Ward combined and Mary Fahy was one on one with Fitzpatrick once more. Fahy Rattled the net and Glenamaddy’s supporters celebrated as if the game was over. That celebration was muted almost immediately as Lauren Noonan hit back with an incredible goal of her own and again the gap was a single point. The tension was almost unbearable as Cahir drove forward for the equaliser but an over carrying call meant that that they pressure could be lifted and the full time whistle was greeted by scenes not seen for a long time as players, parents, supporters and teachers danced with joy on the lush park that was Kinnitty.

The homecoming began with the team walking the cup across the bridge at Ballymoe as the cup entered Galway but there was also a beautiful moment as the team passed through Roscommon, the last team from Connacht to win this crown.  From there it was on to Kilkerrin and to Glenamaddy as the large crowd gathered at the square to welcome their All-Ireland Champions home.  Mission Accomplished.

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Scorers:

Glenamaddy CS: Mary Fahy 3-2, Amy Mee 1-2, Ailish Morrissey 0-1

Colaiste Dun Iascaigh: Lauren Noonan 1-0, Caoimhe Condon 1-1, Aisling Maloney 1-4, Roisin Howard 0-2

The Teams:

Glenamaddy CS: Elaine Mitchell, Leanne Davis, Megan Heneghan, Maeve Flanagan, Amy Keegan Conneally, Lynsey Noone, Shauna Mee, Nicola Ward (Capt), Louise Ward, Rebecca Kelly, Caoimhe Keaveney, Chloe Costello, Mary Fahy, Amy Mee, Ailish Morrissey.

Subs: Caoimhe Boyle for Noone, Marie Hegarty, Evelyn Flanagan for Shauna Mee, Lynsey Noone for Chloe Costello, Mairead Kenny, Leah Petit, Lauren Griffin, Carla Kemp,

Colaiste Dun Iascaigh: Lauren Fitzpatrick, Helena Walsh, Laura Dillon, Kirsty Arbuckle, Linda Murphy, Rachel O’Donnell, Laura Keeley, Aoife Corcoran, Aisling Maloney, Lauren Noonan, Caoimhe Condon, Ciara Hickey, Kailee Burke, Roisin Howard, Rachel Maloney.

Subs: Ciara Halpin, Megan Burke, Derbhla Buckley, Aoife Nugent, Rachel Doyle, Andrea O’Donnell, Kayleigh O’Brien, Zoe Lynch, Fiona Burke, Christina Delaney.

Referee: Sean McManus (Meath)

 

All Ireland Semi Final

Glenamaddy CS   4-8        St. Ciaran's, Ballygawley   1-6.

Connacht A Final

Glenamaddy CS   1-11    Presentation College, Tuam    2-5

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Well done to our Senior Girls on their success in the Connacht A Final played in Tuam Stadium on Tuesday 3rd. It was tight contest and their counterparts from Tuam pushed them all the way but Glenamaddy managed to stay on top throughout and bring home yet another Connacht title to the school to add to the Junior title they won the previous week. The girls now enter the All Ireland series where they will meet the champions of Ulster. 

Team and Subs: 1. Leah Petit, 2. Leanne Davis, 3. Megan Heneghan, 4. Meave Flanagan, 5. Amy Keegan Conneely, 6. Caoimhe Boyle, 7. Shauna Mee, 8. Nicola Ward (Capt.), 9. Louise Ward, 10. Amy Mee, 11. Rebecca Kelly, 12. Chloe Costello, 13. Mary Fahy, 14. Ailish Morrissey, 15. Caoimhe Keavney, 16. Mairead Kenny, 17. Elaine Mitchell, 18. Lynsey Noone, 19. Marie Hegarty, 20. Carla Kemp, 21. Evelyn Flanagan.

 

2013/14

All Ireland B Final 2014

Glenamaddy Community School 4-22  Scoil Chriost Ri, Portlaoise 2-8

Report: John Mulligan

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Glenamaddy Community School’s incredible run of success continued in Tubberclair Co Westmeath on Saturday when they added the TESCO Homegrown all-Ireland Senior B Crown to the Junior A title won last year.

This was a game that showed all that is great about ladies football. Excellent defending, outstanding shooting and all played in an excellent spirit in front of a large crowd who sportingly cheered everything that was produced in front of them. While Glenamaddy will celebrate this famous victory, Scoil Chriost Ri should also be commended for what was a great game of football.

Glenamaddy set out their stall early, points from Louise and Nicola Ward gave them a good start but Fiona Dooley responded with a good point. The first changing point would come after just three minutes when Mary Fahy found space to find the net despite the best efforts of Fiona Kelly.

Fahy added two further points in what would become a player of the match display but Scoil Chriost Ri never stopped working and they were unfortunate not to find the net when denied by a Glenamaddy full back line who was inspired. Aine Fitzpatrick, who was one of the outstanding Portlaoise players on the day, was somehow denied when in front of goal but she showed great character to close the gap with two fine points as the pace lifted from both teams. Orla Carroll has also added a point While at the other end, Fiona Kelly produced a stunning point blank save from Louise Ward.

At this point, the game had reached the mid way stage of the first half and there was nothing between the teams. However, Glenamaddy would hit a purple patch that would see them score an outstanding 2-5 to Portlaoise’s single point. Mary Fahy again would be the goal scorer with two great goals while points from The Ward sisters and Amy Mee would send Glenamaddy Community School in leading 3-10 to 0-5 at half time. Orla Carroll, the Portlaoise scorer.

It may have looked as if this would be a Glenamaddy win and a comfortable one at that but Portlaoise were there on merit. Their semi-Final win over Ballygawley testament to their determination and the excellent Aine Fitzpatrick would find the net after just forty four seconds of the restart. Aine would also add two further points as they pushed to close the gap but Glenamaddy dug deep considering the pressure they were under and here is where their backs really stood out. Roisin Morgan was having an inspired afternoon along with Megan Heneghan and Leanne Davis in the full back line while the half backs of Caroline Geraghty, Caoimhe Boyle and Rebecca Kelly were stopping everything that was coming their way. The quick ball was also working well for Glenamaddy and Caoimhe Boyle scored an audacious point to ease the Glenamaddy nerves on the sideline along with the talented Ailish Morrissey who at just thirteen, showed maturity far beyond her years to score another vital point. Nicola Ward was also having one of her best games in a Glenamaddy jersey and her three points before picking up an injury and extended Glenamaddy’s lead as the game went into the final quarter.

Ward’s injury held play up but once again Glenamaddy amazed with five points on the bounce that all but sealed the win. Rebecca Kelly, Ailish Morrissey, Caoimhe Keaveney and Mary Fahy all tacked on points as the Glenamaddy supporters sensed that this was now going to be their day but Portlaoise again came back. Fiona Dooley with the goal with three minutes remaining and while there was now sixteen points between the teams, experience has showed us that in this game anything can happen. Portlaoise never gave up and the excellent Dooley and Anna Fitzgibbon pushed forward at every opportunity, rewarded with a point from Rachel Cross. Glenamaddy however were not finished and Fahy’s fourth goal along with points from Kelly and Morrissey sealed a famous victory for this West of Ireland school that now can look forward to the A Championship next year and with most of this team still eligible next year, it could lead to an exciting Senior A Championship in 2015.

Special Thanks to Tommy Forde also for driving us all there and getting us back to the incredible celebrations that took place in the town when the team arrived. All Pics Beneath!

Scorers:

Glenamaddy Community School: Mary Fahy (4-3, 1f), Nicola Ward (0-6), Rebecca Kelly (0-3), Ailish Morrissey (0-3), Louise Ward (0-3, 1f), Caoimhe Boyle, Caroline Geraghty, Caoimhe Keaveney and Amy Mee (0-1 each)

Scoil Chriost Ri Portlaoise: Aine Fitzpatrick (1-4, 2f), Fiona Dooley (1-1), Orla Carroll (0-2), Rachel Cross (0-1).

Panels:

Glenamaddy Community School: Shauna Ward, Amy Keegan Connelly, Megan Heneghan, Leanne Davis, Rebecca Kelly, Caoimhe Boyle, Caroline Geraghty, Nicola Ward, Louise Ward, Elaine Mitchell, Caoimhe Keaveney, Chloe Costello, Mary Fahy, Amy Mee, Ailish Morrissey, Marie Treacy, Eve Cassidy, Cora Shaughnessy, Elaine Nee, Roisin Morgan, Shauna Mee, Marie Hegarty, Dervilla Hurley, Lynsey Noone.

Scoil Chriost Ri Portlaoise: Fiona Kelly, Aoife Conroy, Kellie Preston, Laura Buggy, Anna Healy, Sarah Phelan, Orla Phelan, Fiona Dooley, Claire Dollard, Erone Fitzpatrick, Anna Fitzgibbon, Caoimhe Lalor, Orla Carroll, Áine Fitzpatrick, Rachel Cross, Emma Hooban, Niamh Dunne, Gillian Hannigan, Ailbhe Lalor, Alice Keane, Maeve Phelan, Elaine Daly, Aoife Daly, Shauna Redmond, Alison Spillane, Emer O’Sullivan, Sarah troy, Aedin Dunne, Zoe Whealan, Niamh Whealan.

Referee: Des McErney (Westmeath)

Player of the match: Mary Fahy (Glenamaddy Community School)

 

All Ireland B Semi Final 2014

It was close in the end but the final result is what is important and less than twelve months after their dramatic All-Ireland Junior A win, Glenamaddy CS can now look forward to another final, this time at senior following an exciting one point win over Scoil Mhuire Carrick on Suir played at St Brendan’s Park Birr. Games can be won and lost due to many different factors but this was a game that was won by pure heart and character and experience certainly was a big factor.

Glenamaddy could not have asked for a more perfect start to the game, going 1-1 to 0-0 up after just two minutes. Mary Fahy’s incursion into the small square was upended and referee Mags Doherty immediately gave the penalty. Louise Ward needed no second invitation and her penalty gave Cailin Power no chance. Fahy added a free and it looked good for Glen.

Munster Champions get there on merit and Scoil Mhuire is no exception. Mairead Power and Shauna Murphy closed the gap with three points, two of them frees and as the game reached the end of the first quarter, Glenamaddy still had a six point lead thanks to points from Fahy, Louise Ward and Megan Heneghan. They could even have had a second goal when Mary Fahy was put through only for her shot to be brilliantly saved by the impressive Power who stood her ground to save with her feet.

This sparked a period of three minutes that produced two goals and some outstanding football from both sides. Aoife Murray put Scoil Mhuire back in the game with an excellent goal that gave Shauna Burke no chance but Glenamaddy hit back immediately with Amy Mee finding the corner of the net while the Scoil Mhuire cheers were still reverberating around the stand.

Then came one of the turning points of the game. Mairead Power, who had been having an excellent for the Carrick on Suir School, picked up a yellow card and was sent to the bin for ten minutes. Louise Ward and Mary Fahy also added points during this time to send Glenamaddy in 2-8 to 1-3 in front at Half Time and with the wind supposedly at their backs in the second half, the Glenamaddy support could have been forgiven for thinking that this one might have been in the bag.

However, there was a niggling feeling that there was more to come from Carrick on Suir and that would be proved right in a breathtaking nineteen minute spell in the second half. Again, Glenamaddy could have found the net in the opening forty seconds but Amy Mee’s shot was again brilliantly saved by Power who did not put a foot wrong throughout the afternoon. This seemed to inspire Scoil Mhuire and they responded in spectacular style. Ger Power scored a good point before Shauna Dunphy and Aoife Murray would find the net. Caoimhe Keaveney would score a solitary point for Glenamaddy and when Dunphy again found her range with a point, the lead was reduced to a single point. Again, Glenamaddy responded. Nicola Ward made one of her lung bursting runs and her pass found Elaine Mitchell who managed to turn her marker and find the bottom corner of the net. Glenamaddy were back on top only to be denied again by a stunning save from Power who somehow managed to turn Nicola Ward’s shot on to the crossbar and out to safety.

Carrick on Suir again responded. Their ability to find players in space was beginning to take its toll and they were awarded a penalty when Dunphy was taken down in the small square. Even with Louise Ward going to goal for the spot kick, there was nothing that she could do as Shauna Power’s shot found the top corner.

With just three minutes remaining the one point game became level as Shauna Dunphy fired over a point. The Carrick on Suir supporters could sense a famous victory but any effort in getting a winner was denied by some outstanding defending from Caoimhe Boyle, Megan Heneghan and Shauna Burke who made two fine saves. A special mention must also go to Amy Keegan Conneely, Leanne Davis, Rebecca Kelly and Caroline Geraghty who threw their bodies on the line again and again in the final minutes to deny Scoil Mhuire.

The winner would come from somewhere and with the game in injury time; Mary Fahy had a free to win it. She made no mistake and the referee’s full time whistle sent cheers of joy (and it must also be said, relief) from the Glenamaddy support.

Ard Scoil Ris from Portlaoise now wait in the All-Ireland B Final with venue and time to be confirmed. For Glenamaddy Community School, this will be a day they have waited a long time for. The hope now is that they will finish the job and bring to the School its second All-Ireland title in two years.

Connacht Colleges Senior B Final
 
Glenamaddy Community School 2-11 Scoil Bhride Mercy Tuam 0-3
 
GLENAMADDY COMMUNITY SCHOOL’S incredible recent form continued at a cold Glenamaddy GAA Pitch on Tuesday afternoon when overcoming a game Scoil Bhride Mercy Tuam in the senior B Final played in front of a good crowd. The performance of several of the Glenamaddy Players certainly sent out a message to the rest of the country that they will be a force to be reckoned with this year as they enter the All-Ireland Series and now the Munster Champions wait in what will be a fascinating All-Ireland Semi-Final.
Scoil Bhride had already met Glenamaddy in the Junior A Final and had come out second best but with players of the quality of Shauna Hynes and Chelsea Blade among others, this team will certainly be in the running next year for honours. It was just that they came up against a team who are currently flying in a school that is going through a purple patch of success on the sporting field.
This Final was no exception. Backed by the Ward sisters in midfield and with players of the Caliber of Caoimhe Boyle, Mary Fahy and their outstanding full back line of Amy Keegan Conneely, Megan Heneghan and Leanne Davis, It would take something very special to take this crown and when Mary Fahy tapped over three points in the opening twenty minutes, the momentum was certainly with the home side.
To their credit and with Hynes putting in a player of the match performance, Mercy Tuam never gave up and they only trained by two points in the opening half hour before Fahy got to the ball before the backs and rifled the ball into the top right hand corner of the net. Hynes narrowed the gap somewhat with an excellent point that came off the post before going over the bar. Fahy’s free would conclude the scoring and Glenamaddy would have the breeze at their backs in the second half hour while also ahead by five points.
On the restart, Fahy continued where she left off with a fine point before points from Ailish Morrissey, Elaine Mitchell, Rebecca Kelly and Amy Mee were added to by two more from Fahy to leave Glenamaddy eleven points clear going into injury time. Chelsea Blade scoring Mercy’s solitary point in the second half.
Glenamaddy never looked in any trouble and could have had a nomination for point of the year so far with a lung bursting run from the Ward sisters who's constant passing cut a gap through the Mercy team only for Mercy goalkeeper Aoife Creaven to show excellent hands under serious pressure.
The Mercy Keeper comes in for special mention as she didn't put a foot wrong throughout the hour only to be beaten by two excellently taken goals.
That second goal would come deep in injury time from Glenamaddy team captain Nicola Ward who finished another sniping move and finished with an excellent goal to conclude the Glenamaddy scoring. The final whistle would come soon after from referee Paul Fahy who also had an excellent game and with that plans can now be put in place for their All-Ireland Semi-Final in March.
Glenamaddy's year has been outstanding so far. However, as experience has told in the past, All-Ireland's are not won in February and manager John Kennedy and his team know that they will have to be at the top of their game for the semi-final. Saying that, this was a true team performance from Goalkeeper to Corner Forward and the subs that came on all played their part. This team have heart and love to play for each other. A great example was that of Caoimhe Boyle who picked up an injury in the first half but never left the sideline kicking every ball with her team mates. On such spirit All-Irelands are won.
Glenamaddy Community School: Shauna Ward, Amy Keegan Conneely, Megan Heneghan, Leanne Davis, Rebecca Kelly (0-1), Caoimhe Boyle, Caroline Geraghty, Nicola Ward (1-0), Louise Ward, Elaine Mitchell (0-1), Caoimhe Keaveney, Chloe Costello, Mary Fahy (1-7), Amy Mee (0-1), Ailish Morrissey (0-1).
Subs: Marie Treacy, Eva Cassidy, Roisin Morgan, Elaine Nee, Shauna Mee, Marie Hegarty, Dervilla Hurley.
Scoil Bhride Mercy Tuam: Aoife Creaven, Lisa Langan, Aoife Quinn, Tara Creaven, Shauna Hynes (0-2), Roisin Hession, Eva Higgins, Shauna Finnegan, Ciara Quinn, Sharon Devaney, Kate McDonnell, Chelsea Blade (0-1), Emer Walsh, Mairead Duffy, Niamh Duffy.
Subs: Sharon Ryder, Michelle Nolan, Caitlin Maloney, Jessica Tynan, Doireen Quinn, Anne Meehan, Grace Sheridan, Brona Quinn.
Referee: Paul Fahy (Roscommon)
 
Match Reports are courtesy of John Mulligan, Glenamaddy Community Development www.glenamaddy.com

 

 

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