Meath Champions Donacarney

Meath Runners-up St.Stephen’s Johnstown * Pics by Kieran Maguire


Réalt na Mara Donacarney retained their county title despite a nervous 2-2 draw in their opening game against Dunboyne. However, Brianna Martin’s superb skills inspired Rebecca Kirwan’s charges to a 3-1 win against a resilient St Stephen’s from Johnstown in the all-important clash. It was all down to the last game with a win guaranteeing silverware as Donacarney faced local rivals Laytown. The safe hands of Leah Sanders and solid defending from Abbie Sherlock and Grace Toolan guaranteed the consistency that was required. As a stalemate seemed likely ,Eimear Brennan and Brianna Martin doubled up to take the lead. Brennan soon followed with a second. Maci Hayes and Kaci Lynch used their experience to wrap up the game by 2-0 and ensured that Donacarney retain the title.

St.Stephen’s,managed by teachers Tracy Campbell and Síofra Fitzpatrick, were in scintillating form i the qualifiers where they scored a combined total of 33 goals and conceded 0 to advance to the finals. and saw off Duleek in the play off .Leah Rodgers, Ava Donoghue and Meabh McCarrick worked tirelessly throughout. The finals proved trickier for the girls and they managed a draw in their first game thanks to a Katie McCarn hat-trick. Leah Donnelly and Katie combined effectively throughout the tournament, The girls were unlucky to lose their second game when Jade Read and Osarhumevense Osariemen battled throughout for the Johnstown school. Confidence was high going into the third game which they won 3-1 thanks to some fantastic saves from Emily Hunt O’Reilly. Katie McCarn was top goalscorer with 22 goals.