Carrick Community School’s dreams of appearing in an All-Ireland Schools Final where cruelly shattered on Tuesday afternoon when St. Michael’s Loreto Navan proved far too strong in the All-Ireland Semi-Final in Mullahoran.
Back by two busloads of enthusiastic supporters, Carrick had gone into the game with confidence having impressive in beating Castlebar’s Davitt College but the Meath school showed no mercy as they dominated the game from start to finish at the Cavan venue, leading by 15 points at the halftime interval.
The Leitrim school were left to rue missed chances as they missed two penalties in the first half against a potent Navan team who had very impressive forwards in Kelly Murray Harris and Stacy Grimes and strong midfield partnership.
Carrick had opened brightly with Shannon Gaels Aine O’Dowd scoring a free in the first five minutes as the Leitrim school were dominating the early exchanges. Indeed, they won a fourth minute penalty after a foul on the impressive Katie Daly but Navan keeper Nicole Byrne proved equal to the task, saving Emma Guckian’s spot-kick.
The miss was exacerbated when Navan went straight down the field and score a goal and they never looked back. Indeed, the Meath girls repeated the feat after Carrick were awarded a 29th minute penalty after a foul on Aine O’Dowd. Byrne proved equal to the task again with a stop of Hannah Farrell’s spot-kick and to rub salt into Carrick wounds, they were straight back down the field to score their first goal of the second half, leaving the score at 4-5 to 0-2 at the break.
Even though Carrick would have the backing of the wind in the second half, they never really threatened to get back into the game, although Katie Daly did solo through the middle for a magnificent goal midway through the half and she saw another effort cannon off the crossbar two minutes later.
Despite the best efforts of the impressive Katie Daly, Aine O’Dowd and Emma Guckian, the physically stronger and technically superior Meath team had too much strength for Carrick.
Scorers for Carrick were: Katie Daly 1-2, Aine O’Dowd 0-2, Emma Guckian & Hannah Farrell 0-1 each.
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