Roller Coaster 16’s Gaynor for Kerry Girls:
The last of the big 3 Inter League Tournaments, the WFAI 16’s Gaynor, took place at the weekend when Kerry joined 14 other Leagues to play for the Jeremy Dee Cup.
The standard of the 16’s competition is very high with many Leagues having international players on their squads. This Kerry squad was one of the youngest with the majority underage again next year.
This bodes well for the future as with a few additions from this year’s 14’s squad Kerry should be very competitive next year.
This year Kerry opened with a 4-0 loss to Midlands despite playing well and only conceding the last two goals in the closing minutes.
They then met the tournament favourites and eventual winners Metropolitan Girls League and in fairness were well beaten. The MGL went through the tournament unbeaten.
On Saturday Kerry led Limerick County going into the final stages but conceded late to go down 3-1 with Liz Mohan scoring directly from a corner.
Kerry saved their best performance for their last Group game when they drew 2 all with Mayo. Leah Henry scored both Kerry goals which saw them moving above Waterford and Limerick Desmond in the final standings.
There last game was against Limerick Desmond and with the game looking like it was going to penalties (there is no extra time in this competition) Limerick Desmond scored the vital goal.
Coached by Lol O’Leary, Brendan Hogan, Paula Henry and Mary Horgan the squad did the League proud.
Representing Kerry were: Listowel Celtic’s Rachael Mulvihill, Abbey McMahon, Rebecca O’Mahony, Saoirse Kennedy, Leah Henry, Meave McAvoy and Mary Berry. Killarney Celtic’s Rebecca Murphy, Keeley O’Connor, Killarney Athletic’s Eleana Galvin, Jessica Galvin and Liz Mohan, and Tralee Dynamos Leanne O’Brien and Norma O’Connor.
Nordic Dreams for Savanna:
The Irish under 19 Girls team will make history on the 15th of July when they take to the field for the first game of the 2014 UEFA U19 Championships. This will be Ireland’s debut at the finals after reaching the Elite phase on many occasions.
Ireland open their campaign against Spain on the 15th, England on the 18th and Sweden on the 21st with the top two going forward to the semi-finals.
Listowel Celtic’s Savanna McCarthy is an integral part of the squad and Assistant Manager Dave Bell said that the squad is really looking forward to the tournament.
“We know we are up against very good teams but then we are a very good team as well! The girls are working very hard and we aim to give it a real go.”