While national attention was focused on the All-Ireland Final over the weekend Youghal’s U10 Girls Football team had their own mini-All Ireland in Carrigtwohill on Saturday when they took on St. Nicks in the East Cork League Final. After defeating Watergrasshill on the previous Tuesday in front of a very well supported crowd in Magners Hill the Youghal girls travelled with confidence to take on their city rivals. As the convoy of supporters decked out in the maroon and gold left Youghal, one felt a historic day beginning to unfold.
From the start the Youghal girls quickly set about their business and attacked the St. Nicks goal. Good interchange from our midfielders resulted in an early goal by Caoimhe O’Mahony which settled the team. With the back line marshalled by captain Sorcha Connolly well in control the Youghal girls snuffed out any chance St. Nicks had to get back into the game. A well taken goal by Sarah O’Sullivan mid-way through the first half had the Youghal supporters in full song, with verses of “Lets go Youghal lets go” echoing around the pitch. Further points from Chloe O’Connell and Eabha Walsh saw Youghal lead 2-3 to no score at half time.
As expected the St. Nicks girls came out and threw everything they had at the Youghal defence which was capably dealt with by Niamh, Hannah, Jenny, Cara, Cassie, Sorcha and Lesley. With midfielders Kate and Eabha getting on top of their respective players scoring opportunities started to arise for Ciara, Niamh, Chloe, Molly, Caoimhe and Sarah. A further 3 goals in the second half had the Youghal supporters in full voice who rushed onto the field at the final whistle to congratulate all involved on a historic day when the first U10 trophy was brought back to the Club on a scoreline of 5-3 to 1-1.
On accepting the trophy captain Sorcha thanked St. Nicks for a great game and wished them all the best in the future. As is custom the convey of supporters headed for town and brought great joy, colour and noise to the main street as they paraded through the town with their well-deserved trophy singing “John is winning matches” a reference to our own Jimmy McGuiness!!. Afterwards all players received goodie bags sponsored by Galvins Cost Cutters (to which we are very grateful) in Club Aras to the strains of Queen’s “We are the Champions”courtesy of our DJ on the day TJ. To our main sponsor Murphy Insurance Youghal the U10 mentors would like to extend their gratitude for supporting the team over the year and we hope you got as much enjoyment from the games as all players, families and friends got.
For the record the 2012 panel was made up of 32 players who must be credited with their dedication shown throughout the year by consistently turning up for training every Saturday & Wednesday. The 2012 victorious Youghal Ladies Football U10 panel was Niamh G, Hannah, Jenny, Cara, Cassie, Sorcha, Lesley, Kate, Eabha, Ciara K, Niamh F, Chloe, Molly, Caoimhe O, Sarah, Mary, Amy, Aisling, Emily, Aoibhe, Caoimhe M, Caoimhe S, Leah, Emma, Grainne, Roisin, Tara, Avril, Abby, Catherine, Ciara H, Aobh.