Glen played Magherafelt in a nailbiting County final in Desertmartin.
A repeat of last year’s county final, Glen revenged their narrow one point defeat with a brilliant display.
Although Glen had been unbeaten this season going into the final they knew Magherafelt would lift their game for Championship and it would go down the the wire.
A great crowd from both clubs had came to support the girls and both teams put on a great display of football on a lovely sunny autumn day. It took time for both teams to settle.
Glen started the more nervous; they had majority of the possession but could not finish with the scores and lost possession several times due to fierce tackling from the Magherafelt girls.
Sinead McDonald and Ciara Mulholland were the first to score for Glen with well taken points. Glens first goal of the game came from the quick thinking from forward Roisin McCabe who reacted well to a high ball coming in and bouncing off the crossbar. The first half turned in favour of Magherafelt with their midfield piling pressure on Glens defence. But great work from Goalkeeper Rachel Glasgow and the solid full backline of Anna McGuigan, Charlotte Burke(C) and Kerry Johnston (VC) kept Magherafelt at bay.
Glen felt the penalty decision late into the first half was a bit controversal but Magherafelt took their opportunity well with corner forward Courtney Brown kicking a fantastic goal.
The second half was to be dominated by Glen. Every girl stepped up to the mark with great points from forwards Niamh Caskey, Niamh Ledgewood, Sinead McDonald and Eimear McNicholl. Glen’s midfield of Orla Higgins and Clare Mc Groggan battled hard and their work rate was phenomenal. The Mulholland twins, Caoimhe and Ciara controlled the ball in the half backline delivering superb ball into the forwards. Aimee Glasgow returned to the field after coming back from illness. This gave Glen a lift and an edge as Aimee straight away had an immediate impact with cleaning up ball on the left wing and supplying great passes up the field.
Glen’s second goal came at the right time. You knew when Sinead McDonald caught the ball there was only one place it was going and that was the back of the Magherafelt net. Magherafelt kept picking off their points and kept within touching distance but never really threatened in front of goal as Player of the Match, Charlotte Burke cleared all ball that came her way.
Rachel Glasgow deserves a special mention as goalkeeper. Rachel read the game very well and judged to come off her line and gathered ball on several occassions.
Glen could not hide their utter joy and relief at fulfilling their dream on the final whistle.
The Maghera team would like to thank Magherafelt for being so very sporting and for the great game of football.
Glen: Rachel Glasgow, Anna McGuigan, Charlotte Burke, Kerry Johnston, Caoimhe Mulholland, Ciara Mulholland, Orla McNeill, Clare McGroggan, Orla Higgins, Niamh Caskey, Eimear McNicholl, Roisin McCabe, Deirbhle McNicholl, Sinead McDonald, Niamh Ledgewood. Aimee Glasgow for Orla McNeill, Catherine McKenna for Roisin McCabe, Lauren O’Loughlin for Deirbhle McNicholl. Rest of team: Cliona Mulholland, Orlaith McKenna, Megan O’Kane, Laura McKenna, Aine Carlin, Caoimhe McNally and Daire McKenna.
The management would just like to thank the girls for their commitment all year. They did us proud on achieveing the double. Glen are 2012s U16A League and Championship winners! Unbeaten all year.
Finally the management would also like to thank our Sponsors Maghera Fencing for our new jerseys and management jackets. We would also like to thank Watty Grahams GAA for their continued support and making sure the girls had buses to every away game. Also Brian McKenna for taking some lovely photos this year; Sean McGroggan for his continued support with opening changing rooms and bringing equipment down to every session. The parents for leaving their kids down to training and some having to sit and wait the entire session (it doesnt go unnoticed) we appreciate all the time you have put in. I (CD) would like to thank Niall Art McKenna and Johnny McGuckian for coming in this year to the U16 management team.