Scorers: Shauna Pearson 4, Abbie Lenihan 3 & Ava Shinners
Conditions couldn’t be better for a match than the blue skies that set the scene for the u17 girls Shield final between Newport and Lough Derg last Saturday morning. The Newport girls started very strong with an early goal from Ava Shinners. Abbie Lenihan then scored her first of the day and went on to complete a hatrick within the first 20 minutes. Shauna Pearson also opened her account towards the end of the half. Our backs kept a clean sheet in the first half with a very strong defensive effort. HT 5-0
We started the 2nd half in similar fashion with an early score from Shauna Pearson who went on to score a sensational second half hatrick. A special mention for Emma Moloney our goal keeper who bravely made sure any attacking efforts from Lough Derg were kept out of the net. Credit to Lough Derg who kept battling to the final whistle. FT 8-0
Match day squad: Emma Moloney, Kate Harvey, Eimear Carey, Sarah Finn (C), Roisin Power, Amber Deegan, Rachel Carey, Abbie Lenihan, Anzelika Lepika, Celsea King, Ava Shinners, Carragh Flynn, Shauna Pearson, Leah Moran, Hollie Coleman, Jenny Keppel
This was our last competitive match of the season and now that the jerseys have been hung out to dry for the last time this season, it is fitting that we say a few final words to see out the 2018/19 season.
It was always going to be a challenging season as this is a young squad with most of the girls being u15 and u16 playing in a competitive u17 league. The age gap was never evident on match days as the girls were always hard working and competitive.
2nd in the league, 3 points from the top of the table having conceded only one defeat all season to the eventual winners.
After an epic battle in the Cup Semi Final that ended up 0-0 AET, we were unlucky to be knocked out of the cup competition in a penalty shoot out. Never an easy way to lose, the girls showed great character to regroup and WIN the Shield final later in the same week.
Mike and I have been coaching this team for about 4 seasons now and they are great representatives of the club and the community. They work and train hard and always give everything on match days. We are very proud of them and its an absolute pleasure to work with this group.
2018/19 Season Squad: Emma Moloney, Kate Harvey, Eimear Carey, Sarah Finn (C), Roisin Power, Amber Deegan, Rachel Carey, Abbie Lenihan, Anzelika Lepika, Celsea King, Ava Shinners, Carragh Flynn, Shauna Pearson, Leah Moran, Hollie Coleman, Jenny Keppel, Leona Burke, Skye Sheehy, Kaitlyn Bradshaw, Sarah Kelly, Mara van Aelst , Rosie Quirke
A special thank you to:
– Newport Town AFC committee for being so supportive of the team
– The club members and groundsman that ensure that the facilities and pitches are always in top condition
– NTSFL for their hard work running the league
– Our sponsors
– The parents and supporters that not only ensure that the girls get to matches, but also offer the boost of encouragement from the sidelines when the legs are getting tired (players legs….not the coaches legs).
– The Moms that are always willing help out with first aid and in the dressing rooms etc
– and finally the players, your commitment and hard work is second to none. What a fantastic bunch! We look forward to seeing you all back next season.