Sacred Heart suffer final heartbreak

Soccer: FAI Schools Senior Girls Cup

Leah Moran, left, of Sacred Heart Westport in action against Eadaoin Lyons of Coláiste na Trócaire Rathkeale during the Bank of Ireland FAI Schools Senior Girls National Cup Final. Photo: Sportsfile

Leah Moran, left, of Sacred Heart Westport in action against Eadaoin Lyons of Coláiste na Trócaire Rathkeale during the Bank of Ireland FAI Schools Senior Girls National Cup Final. Photo: Sportsfile

Sacred Heart School, Westport 1

Coláiste na Trócaire, Rathkeale  2

Rathkeale’s Coláiste na Trócaire were crowned Bank of Ireland FAI Schools Senior Girls Cup Champions in Home Farm FC on Tuesday following a magnificent display against Westport outfit Sacred Heart School. 

A superb brace of goals in the second period ensured a smooth transit for the Rathkeale contingency but they didn’t have it all their own way as Westport’s determination ensured a tense affair at the end. The half time team talk worked wonders as the Limerick side scored two minutes in, joint captain Eadaoin Lyons with a brilliantly timed effort that saw the ball rebound past keeper Michelle Treacy for the game’s opener.  Their lead was doubled just after the hour mark as the pacy Phoenix Mulcaire Shire netted a peach to give Rathkeale  some breathing space.

The reprieve was short-lived as the talented Jenny Chambers grabbed a lifeline for Westport with her classy effort five minutes later. Rathkeale were smart in their endeavours forward and ensured a strong defence to keep McNulty, Nugent and Chambers at bay. Goal-scorer Eadaoin Lyons was named Bank of Ireland POTM for her heroic accomplishments on the park.

Sacred Heart: Michelle Treacy, Ellie Dillane, Feena McManamon (Vice Captain ), Aisling McNulty, Ann Sheridan, Leah Moran, Saoirse Ludden (Captain ), Megan Nugent, Jennifer Chambers, Tara Mc Nulty, Megan Dever. Subs: Roisin Carney, Ciara Moran for Dever (62 ), Ava Lambert for Sheridan (65 ), Emma Gibbons, Sarah Forrestal, Sherin El Massry, Lucy Wallace

Coláiste na Trócaire: Noirin Lenihan, Sarah Fitzgerald, Rachael Anderson, Kate Geary (Joint Captain ), Siobhan Tangney, Tara Coleman, Eadaoin Lyons (Joint Captain ), Claire Gohery, Phoenix Mulcaire Shire, Anna Shanagher, Grace Mullane  Subs: Joanne Foley for Mullane (80 ), Maeve Power, Aine Tangney, Orla O'Doherty for Mulcaire Shire (73 ), Anna Mullane. Amy Harnett, Ciara Houlihan (GK ), Valerie Sheehy, Sophie Alymer, Hannah Moran, Molly O'Connor, Ciara O'Connor, Chloe Mullins

Referee: Deirdre Nolan (Dublin )

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