O’Kane leads All Saints to championship glory

Girls U14 B Football Final

All Saints 2-4 Lamh Dhearg 1-2

All Saints U14 girls gave an inspired performance on Sunday to win the U14B County Championship when they defeated a determined Lamh Dhearg team at Quinn Park. The final which was played in front of a big crowd in Ballymena was a fast flowing, competitive game from the throw in. All Saints with the wind at their backs in the first half made the better start and inspired by their Captain Anna O’Kane they soon took the lead. O’Kane scored all their points in the first half and also converted a penalty to give the Saints girls a 5 point lead. Lamh Dhearg were well in the game though and it took a wonder save from Saints keeper Orlagh McNally to keep them at bay. The Saints defence were tenacious all day and led by Ella McLaughlin and Amy Kerr they were clearing any danger that came their way. The main worry for the Saints as the half time whistle sounded was,had they missed too many chances with the wind at their backs. Would the 5 point lead be enough? It didn’t look like it was as Lamh Dhearg came roaring back at the start of the 2nd half, however the Saints defence, as in the Semi Final were superb, tackling fiercely and working extremely hard to prevent any easy goals. However the goal did come and suddenly the gap was only 2 points Balymena and the girls were struggling to get up the pitch. They survived a couple more scares and then a great move that started with McNally’s kick out and travelled the length of the pitch as O’Kane placed Cadhla Crawford in for a goal. The lead was now back to 5 and then with Kate Hasson winning a vital kick out the final whistle sounded to bring huge celebrations from the Saints players and supporters. A brilliant all round display from the All Saints girls in a great match which their opponents contributed massively to. The Saints forwards were dangerous throughout led by Anna O’Kane who scored 1-3 of their total but the basis for this win was a defensive unit who simply wouldn’t be breached. Hugely impressive displays all round but especially Ella McLaughlin and Maria Mitchell who handled dangerous opponents really well. A great advert for ladies football and a first title for a talented group of All Saints girls.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.