Under 16 All Ireland Shield Winners 2011

Written by Kelly. Posted in Kildare

Published on August 14, 2011 with

All Ireland Winners 2011

Kildare 5-8 vs. Limerick 2-11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Ciara Conaty and the Kildare U16 team who have reached the All Ireland shield final beating Roscommon 0-18 to 1-10.

All Ireland Final

Kildare vs. Limerick

Saturday 27th August

Nenagh, Co. Tipperary

 

Kildare U16s have been going from strength to strength in their 2011 campaign. Their run in theLeinster championship was impressive just losing out to Longford in the group stages. It turned out to be Longford who put an end to the young lilywhites dream of a Leinster title on a disappointing day where both management and supporters felt there was more to come from this side. Finding themselves in an All-Ireland semi-final, the girls worked tirelessly to secure a fine win over Roscommon. The St.Laurences management contingents of Eoin Wheeler and John Dunne have instilled great belief and determination in this team and an All-Ireland title will be a worthy award following the Trojan work that has gone on both on and off the field. Underpinning their great run in this campaign has been a terrific team spirit and evidence of natural ability all over the field. A huge strength of this team is their ability to take their scores. Scoring 25-53 in a campaign is impressive at any standard. Players like Ellen Dowling, Triona Duggan and MikaelaMcKenna have produced the goods throughout the campaign and always are a threat to the opposition. Team captain Eadaoin Connolly has played a true captains role throughout. Her work rate both on and off the ball is exceptional and she has chipped in with some fine scores along the way also. Her midfield partner and sometimes centre forward Michaela Nolan has also chipped in with scores as well as great link up play from the backs to the forwards. Aoife Nolan has contributed on the score board as well as winning some great possession around the middle. Rebecca McGurk of Suncroft has pulled off some fine saves and her kick outs have been exceptional. Moorefields Ciara Conaty has excelled in the full back position and her towering presence has been immense. Conaty has great support players around her in Larries Sarah O Neill and Leixlips Tara Hallinan. The half back line won’t be beaten for pace and Niamh Tuohy(Eadestown), Grainne Lyons (Leixlip) and Brid Farell (Athy) and have great ability to break down attacks from the opposition. Briona Hoban has been a steady back and is always on hand to intercept and deliver a great supply of ball. Rhebans Sharon O Connor has been a joy to watch be it in the centre back position or midfield. Her physical strength and pace has always added spice to the Kildare attack. Shannon Doheny of Naas has added to the Kildare attack with a lively andskilful style of play and Emma Wheeler has linked up well with midfield and her inside forwards. Another fine attribute to this team is their powerful bench and when called on, players like Daire Smyth and Chelsea Crowe are always prepared to add fresh legs to the set up and work their socks off.

Limerick will be the opponents in the All Ireland B shield final after convincingly beating Armagh in the semi-final 5-12 to 1-8. The final will take place in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary on Saturday 27th August at 3pm

Path to the final

Leinster Championship – Round 1 Kildare 6-7 Wicklow 5-7

Leinster Championship – Round 2 Kildare 7-13 Louth 4-4

Leinster Championship – Round 3 Longford 6-12 Kildare 4-9

Leinster Semi-Final Wicklow 3-9 Kildare 6-6

Leinster Final Longford 6-10 Kildare 2-8

All Ireland Semi –Final Kildare 0-18 Roscommon 1-10

 

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Kildare U16 Player Profiles

Captains profile

Name:  Eadaoin Connolly

Age: 16

Club:   Rathangan

Achievements: 2011 – Semi-final Div 5 League, 2010 – U16 Leinster Final; Semi-final U/15 league, 2009 – U/15 League winners, 2008 – U/14 All-Ireland Blitz winners, U/16 League winners, Junior E Championship winners, Boys Feile B winners (player of the match), Boys U/14 league finalists, 2007 – Boys U/12 league finalists, 2006 – Boys U/11 league winners, 1st, 2nd and 3rdYear – Player of the Year – Ard scoil Rath Iomghain.

 

Name: Rebecca McGuirk

Age: 16

Club: Suncroft

Achievements: U16 Leinster Final 2011 Kildare, Winner 8 club finals 2007-2010, Player of the year    ‘07

Name: Sarah O’ Neill

Age: 15

Club: St. Laurences

Achievements: U16 Leinster Final 2011 Kildare, Junior Champions 2011, U12,13,14,15,16 2011, Minor Champions 2011, All Ireland Div. 1 Feile finalists 2010

Name: Ciara Conaty

Age: 16

Club: Moorefield

Achievements: U16 Leinster Final 2011 Kildare, U16 Leinster Final 2010 Runner up, U12 LeinsterFinal Runner Up

Name: Tara Hallinan

Age: 15

Club: Leixlip

Achievements: U16 Leinster Final 2011 Kildare, U14 Leinster Final & All Ireland Runner up, U12Leinster Final Runner up

Name: Niamh Tuohy

Age: 16

Club: Eadestown

Achievements: U16 Leinster Final 2011 Kildare, Winner Minor C 2011

Name: Brid Farrell

Age: 15

Club: St. Laurences

Achievements: U16 Leinster Final 2011 Kildare, Minor A Champions 2011, All Ireland Div. 1 FeileFinalists 2010

Name: Grainne Lyons

Age: 15

Club: Leixlip

Achievements: U16 Leinster Final 2011 Kildare, 2010 U14 Leinster Final Runner up & All Ireland Final Runner up, 2009 U12 Leinster Final Runner up

Name: Michaela Nolan

Age: 16

Club: Castledermot

Achievements: U16 Leinster Final 2011 Kildare, Senior Leinster Champions 2011/2010,  Junior All Ireland Runner up 2010/2009, St. Leo’s College Junior Leinster Champions 2010/2009

Name: Emma Wheeler

Age: 15

Club: St. Laurences

Achievements: U16 Leinster Final 2011 Kildare, Minor Runners up 2011, All Ireland Div. 1 FeileFinalists 2010

Name: Aoife Nolan

Age: 15

Club: St. Laurences

Achievements: U16 Leinster Final 2011 Kildare, U14 Leinster Final Runner up 2010 Kildare, U14All Ireland Runner up Finalists 2010 Kildare, All Ireland Div. 1 Feile Finalists 2010

Name: Mikaela McKenna

Age: 15

Club: Na Fianna

Achievements: U16 Leinster Final 2011 Kildare, U14 Leinster Runner up 2010 / U14 All Ireland runner up 2010 Kildare, U15/U16 Winner 2010, Player of the year 2010

Name: Trina Duggan

Age: 16

Club: Suncroft

Achievements: U16 Leinster Final 2011 Kildare, Player of the year 2009, 8 Club Finals 2007-2010

Name: Ellen Dowling

Age: 15

Club: Suncroft

Achievements: U16 Leinster Final 2011 Kildare, Player of the Year 2008, U14 Leinster Runner up 2010 / U14 All Ireland Runner up 2010 Kildare, 13 Club Finals 2007-2010

Name: Lyndsey Flanagan

Age: 16

Club: Confey

Achievements: U16 Leinster Final 2011 Kildare, Senior Championship won 2009

Name: Briona Hoban

Age: 16

Club: Naas

Achievements: U16 Leinster Final 2011 Kildare, U16 Leinster Final 2010 Runner up Kildare FeileChampions 2009, U16 Div. 1 Champions 2010, Minor C Champions / Junior E Champions 2010

Name: Sharon O’ Connor

Age: 16

Club: Rheban / Geraldines

Achievements: U16 Leinster Final 2011 Kildare, 2009 U15 Div. 4 winners Geraldines, 2008 Div. 4 Winners Rheban

Name: Amy Gallagher

Age: 16

Club: Robert Emmets

Achievements: U16 Leinster Final 2011 Kildare, Senior League won 2011/2010, U14 2009 Player of the Year

Name: Aine Conway

Age: 16

Club: Suncroft

Achievements: U16 Leinster Final 2011 Kildare, 8 Club Finals 2007-2010

Name: Daire Smyth

Age: 15

Club: Kilcullen

Achievements: U16 Leinster Final 2011 Kildare, Minor Div. 2 Champions 2010

Name: Chelsea Crowe

Age: 15

Club: Naas

Achievements: U16 Leinster Final 2011 Kildare, Minor A Shield Winners 2011, Junior E Champions 2010, Minor C Champions 2010; U16 Division A Champions 2010, 14 LeinsterRunner up 2010 / U14 All Ireland runner up 2010 Kildare, Kildare Feile Champions 2009

Name: Shannon Doheny

Age: 16

Club: Naas

Achievements: U16 Leinster Final 2011 Kildare, U16 Leinster Final 2010 Runner up; Minor A Shield Winners 2011, Junior E Champions 2010, Minor C Champions 2010; U16 Division A Champions 2010, 14 Leinster Runner up 2010 / U14 All Ireland runner up 2010 Kildare, KildareFeile Champions 2009

Name: Elaine Marron

Age: 15

Club: St. Laurences

Achievements: U16 Leinster Final 2011 Kildare, Minor Runner up 2011, All Ireland Div. 1 FeileFinalists 2010

Young Lillies produce strong finish to reach final

15 August 2011

All Ireland ‘B’ Shield semi-final. Under 16 girls Football

By Mick Hoban

They say that goals win championship games, but 18 points had much the same effect as the Kildare Under 16 ladies football team made their way into the All Ireland shield final, defeating a strong Roscommon team in the Downs GAA club in Mulllingar, on Saturady afternoon.

Electing to play against a moderate breeze, the Kildare girls opened the scoring with a point from Castedermot centre forward Michaela Nolan in the third minute. Roscommon answered with a brace of points from corner forward Lisa Flynn and wing forward Aisling McAuliffe but a neat point from Na Fianna’s Mikaela McKenna leveled the scores and further points from Confey’s Lynsey Flanagan and Mikaela McKenna gave Kildare the first clear advantage with 15 minutes played. However, Roscommon were also playing with confidence and a sweeping move ended with wing forward Kayleigh Dunning, who was by this time establishing herself as the chief threat, crashing the ball past Kildare goalie Rebecca McGurk. There was little that the Suncroft netminder could do on that occasion but she produced the save of the day five minutes later, diving full length to tip another net bound drive around the post, and she would produce another stunner midway through the second half, when the game hung in the balance. Kildare full forward, Ellen Dowling reduced the deficit with her first point of the day but Roscommon cancelled it out with a another fine effort from Kayleigh Dunning. With Roscommon gaining a measure of control around the midfield area, Kildare brought Rheban’s Sharon O’Connor off the bench to add some power to midfield and the improved supply of ball into the forward line produced two more points from Ellen Dowling. The Suncroft player was now beginning to play with confidence and was causing the Roscommon defence serious trouble. The girls from the west landed the last point of the half to lead at the interval by 1-5 to 0-7 but with honours virtually even, there was plenty to look forward to as the teams headed indoors to avoid the mist that was begining to settle in.

Although Roscommon opened the scoring in the second period, the half was dominated by Kildare., who outscored their opponents by 11 points to 4 in this period. Underpinning their success was a terrific spirit, a willingness to work their socks off and a healthy dollop of natural ability. Defence was resolute, with Moorefields, Ciara Conaty a towering presence at full back, supported brilliantly by Laurence’s Sarah O’Neill and player-of-the-game Tara Hallinan from Leixlip. The half back line of Niamh Tuohy, Eadestown, Grainne Lyons from Leixlip and Athy’s Brid Farrell enjoyed a tremendous battle with their direct opponents and Brid Farrell’s ability to keep Roscommon’s Kayleigh Dunning in check was a major influence in the final outcome. Aoife Nolan and Eadaoin Connolly battled hard in a midfield zone where honours were even, with Eadaoin Connolly eventually finding the form that she is noted for to enable Kildare to dominate the crucial last quarter. Up front, Emma Wheeler worked tirelessly, linking very effectively between midfield and the inside forwards and scoring a fine point. Michaela Nolan threatened all day and got her second point late in the game while Mikaela McKenna was unlucky not to score a goal but also added a second point. Suncroft’s Triona (Trigger) Duggan was a constant threat and although she didn’t get onto the scoresheet, she repeatedly set up clubmate Ellen Dowling who added six second half points to bring her tally for the day to nine. Substitute Daire Smyth from Kilcullen added fresh legs to a tiring forward line and also scored a fine point after good work by Emma Wheeler. The final scoreline read Kildare 0-18, Roscommon 1-10 and the five point margin was a fair refelection of the difference between the sides, especially in their respecive defences ability to cope with their direct opponents.

All in all, team manager Eoin Wheeler and his background team of John Dunne, Mary Lyons and Jenny McKenna must be delighted with the grit and determination that their charges showed, especially in the third quarter, when the game was in the proverbial melting pot and they now advance to meet Limerick in the final in two weeks time.

 

Hogan Stand