Connacht glory eludes Carrick CS

Carrick-on-Shannon Community School were denied the taste of Connacht Championship glory when they were defeated by Dunmore Community School in the Provincial U-14 C decider in Frenchpark on Friday last, but they were able to hold their heads high at the final whistle as all present at Nash Park knew there was very little to separate the sides.

Carrick-on-Shannon Community School were denied the taste of Connacht Championship glory when they were defeated by Dunmore Community School in the Provincial U-14 C decider in Frenchpark on Friday last, but they were able to hold their heads high at the final whistle as all present at Nash Park knew there was very little to separate the sides.

Carrick-on-Shannon Community School were denied the taste of Connacht Championship glory when they were defeated by Dunmore Community School in the Provincial U-14 C decider in Frenchpark on Friday last, but they were able to hold their heads high at the final whistle as all present at Nash Park knew there was very little to separate the sides.

U-14 CONACHT LADIES SCHOOLS FINAL

CARRICK CS 1-3

DUNMORE CS 4-5

By Philip Rooney

In fact the main difference between the sides was Dunmore’s wing forward, Laura Ann Costello who finished the game with a personal tally of 3-4, the same player who had caused Leitrim so many problems the previous Friday in the Connacht A Final.

Costello’s pace and ability to maintain that pace while running with the ball was something the Carrick defence found very difficult to contend with it. In fact, had it not been for some fine goalkeeping from Aisling Egan, Costello would have scored considerably more.

At the other end of the pitch the Carrick-on-Shannon players fought to create openings but despite the best efforts of the likes of Katie Daly, Joanna Duignan and Katie Kelly, it proved to be a very difficult task breaching the well organised Dunmore defence.

Even in defeat, Carrick can take great heart from the manner of their performance. Throughout the field they had players who equipped themselves well and no doubt will continue to do so in the years to come when representing their school, club and county.

Goalkeeper Aisling Egan had an excellent game between the posts while full-back Connie Doyle ensured the defence was well marshalled throughout the game. The midfield pairing of Emma Guckian and Ericka Maye proved to be very effective in the opening half and were it not for an injury sustained by Maye in the opening half, Carrick would arguably have been much closer to their opponents at the final whistle.

The game began encouragingly from a Carrick point of view and they were arguably the better side during the opening 10 minutes. Unfortunately that superiority wasn’t reflected on the scoreboard as neither side managed to register a score.

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.