The Sligo Under 14 Camogie team (made up of players from Western Gaels, Easkey, and Queen Maeve, Sligo) concluded a superb year when they emerged victorious in Division 5 of the inaugural U14 All Ireland blitz in Annaghduff, Leitrim last weekend. Following on from their terrific performances at Féile na nGael in Dublin, and their victory in the Section 2 of the Connacht Camogie Under 14 Blitz, the Yeats County girls secured a national title with victories over Leitrim, Fermanagh and Longford.
GAME 1: Leitrim 0-1 Sligo 3-2
The opening game in the four-team group saw the Sligo girls take on Leitrim, having already defeated their near neighbours earlier in the summer in the Connacht competition. The first half was evenly contested but as the game wore on Sligo began to take control and ran out convincing winners in the end. GAME 2: Fermanagh 0-0 Sligo 0-3
Sligo recorded their second win with a hard-fought victory over a determined and dogged Fermanagh team. Sligo’s dominance did not translate into scores on the board yet it was a match they never looked like losing. The stage was now set for a winner-takes-all encounter with Longford, who had been impressive in their previous two matches when beating both Fermanagh and Leitrim. GAME 3: Longford 0-0 Sligo 2-3
The final game saw Sligo produce their finest performance of the day. Longford were restricted to limited opportunities to score while Sligo, bit by bit, translated their dominance into scores on the board. The final whistle saw tremendous scenes of joy as the team celebrated with mentors and supporters.
The panel performed superbly on the day. Hannah Monaghan, Sinéad Ní Bhroin, Aisling Cowley, Aoife Egan, Eve Henry, Michelle Mulrooney and Aisling Egan ensured that Sarah Rooney was never really threatened in goal. Leanne Taylor and Gráinne Egan were commanding in midfield, while Megan Clarke, Clodagh Mullen, Ruth Monaghan, Aisling O’Reilly Saoirse McGowan, and Eva O’Donnell performed magnificently in attack, particularly Ruth Monaghan who scored with her foot on numerous occasions! Amie Cawley Fox, however, was the player of the tournament, dominant in all three matches and scoring 3-4 overall.
Caroline Murray, the Regional Development Co-ordinator for the Camogie Association presented the Division 5 trophy to Sligo captain Gráinne Egan and the team returned in triumph to welcoming receptions in Sligo town and Easkey. SLIGO PANEL:
Hannah Monaghan, Gráinne Egan, Sinéad Ní Bhroin, Eve Henry , Aoife Egan, Sarah Rooney, Aisling Egan, Aisling O’Reilly, Ruth Monaghan (Queen Maeve, Sligo) Megan Clarke, Saoirse Mc Gowan, Aisling Cowley, Eva O Donnell, Leanne Taylor, Clodagh Mullen, Amie Cawley Fox, Michelle Mulrooney (Western Gaels) Grainne Egan - Captain