FAI Schools Senior Girls National Cup Final
Monday, February 4, 2019
Moville Community College 4-0 Athlone Community College
Megan Havlin (9), Kerry Brown (14, 50), Niamh McDonald (16)
MOVILLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE return to winning ways in the FAI Schools Senior Girls National Cup Final having secured the honours over a talented Athlone Community College in the Showgrounds, Sligo this afternoon (Monday).
The Donegal side had tasted defeat twelve months previous at the hands of Presentation Secondary School from Thurles but they bounced back with an empathic display to take the title in fine style.
Mags Mulhall had the girls well briefed at the start of proceedings and they made an explosive impact early on in a high tempo game.
The diligent Megan Havlin had her team one up inside the first ten minutes with a delightful strike from the edge of the box to open their account.
The Moville lead was doubled shortly after when Kerry Brown masterminded her way past the Athlone defence to stroke the ball home from close range.
Cianna Meehan had to be alert to save a thumping effort from Megan Havlin. While the Donegal side wrapped up a third 90 seconds later through a delightful corner. The congested goalmouth saw the ball make its way to the back of the Athlone net courtesy of good link play with Captain Kate McClenaghan and Niamh McDonald for the latter to slot in with 16 minutes on the clock.
Athlone’s Kayleigh Shine, Allie Heartherington and Angelina De Rosa were imposing through the half but the game ended 3-0 at the break.
Bojan Pap’s squad had plenty of possession in the second period but couldn’t penetrate the Moville defence with Aisling and Danielle McLaughlin in inspirational form.
Unselfishly Megan Havlin played in Kerry Brown for the youngster’s second of the afternoon and Moville’s fourth on 50 minutes.
Athlone were now facing an uphill battle to get back into this clash but Captain Megan Kelly and Robyn Heartherington kept the McClenaghan, Havlin and Brown trio at bay.
Brown was denied her hat-trick through a wonderful stop from Meehan while the Moville maestro also hit the woodwork late on.
MOVILLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE | Clodagh Skelly, Aisling McLaughlin, Ellen Hegarty, Danielle McLaughlin, Emma Doherty, Niamh McDonald, Bronagh McGuinness, Erin Coyle, Kate McClenaghan (Captain), Megan Havlin, Kerry Brown
SUBS | Shauna Ruddy (for Erin Coyle, 56), Breena Diver (for Megan Havlin, 74), Ellen Ruddy (for Aisling McLaughlin 79), Kelene McDermott (for Bronagh McGuinness, 79)
TEACHER | Margaret Mulhall ASSISTANT | Seamus Gallagher
ATHLONE COMMUNITY COLLEGE | Cianna Mehan, Robyn Heatherington, Breena Breheny, Megan Kelly (Captain), Angelina De Rosa, Aisling Walsh, Allie Heatherington, Róise Lennon, Aimee O'Connor, Grace Hannon, Kayleigh Shine
SUBS | Laoise O'Brien (for Breena Breheny, 52), Stephanie O’Neill (for Grace Hannon, 52), Andrea White (for Stephanie O’Neill, 79), Juliette McGrane, Danielle Greasley, Ellie Hewitt, Vicky Wilczek
TEACHERS | Bojan Pap & Shauna Connell
REFEREE | John Barry (Sligo)