U-20 Senior Gaelic Team 2010-2011
We started off our winning campaign beating Carndonagh 8-13 to 1-3, a good team performance. We then carried on to play Glenties at home, with good performances from Rose Boyle & Geraldine Mc Laughlin. With an impressive 12 of our 15 players getting their names on the score sheet. The final score was 10-16 to 0-06 to Loreto. The following game was against Moville we came out winners 9-15 to 0-0. This was an easy victory for the Loreto girls once again and the team put in a great performance, with Catherine Boyle very strong in defence.
After all the wins, we progressed onto the Ulster Semi Final stages, where we met the Assumption Grammar School from Ballynahinch. They were very tough opponents, we were slow to start and they were very fast on the ball. The half time score was 4-3 to 0-07and the score line didn’t reflect the pace of the game. The Loreto girls knew that they would have to put in a strong performance for the second half to secure a victory. We dominated the game in the second half and finished strong winners with a scoreline of 5-7 to 0-12.
We were then in the Ulster Final. We were up against St Genevieve’s High School. In this we sealed our first McKeever Sport Ulster U-20 schools title, where Geraldine McLaughlin had an explosive match, she hammered home a personal tally of 7-8. Ciara Grant opened the game with a goal after Geraldine Mc Laughlin was taken down in the box and awarded a penalty. Grant netted the penalty and allowed the Loreto girls off to the perfect start. St. Genevieve’s replied with a goal from Kirsty Mc Guinness and also followed with a point to leave them 1-1 to 1-0. However, in an initially see-sawing encounter, Loreto then pressed from the front and by half time had manufactured a five point advantage, 4-6 to 2-7, thanks to 3-4 from McLaughlin and points from Dara Kelly and Niamh McMenamin. Rose Boyle started off the second half with a point and McLaughlin followed with another goal and a point to her tally. Loreto were three gears ahead of St Genevieve’s and their defence could simply not cope with the avalanche that smothered their hopes. With four goals from Geraldine McLaughlin and a goal each from Emer Gallagher and Lauren O’ Connell, there were five more points – three from Geraldine McLaughlin and one a piece from Dara Kelly and Ciara Grant who did their bit to conclude a memorable day for the Loreto students.We won this game 11-14 to 2-10 which is an exceptional score line for an Ulster final, and although the eventual score line may suggest otherwise, the game was reasonably close until the final quarter at which point Loreto put their foot on the gas and simply blew the Antrim side to pieces. They had no answers and by the conclusion were comprehensively defeated by a Loreto team. As well as McLaughlin, there were diligent showings from both Ciara Grant and Rose Boyle. The Loreto team were as follows: Mary B O’Donnell, Jamie Leigh Murray, Nicole McLaughlin, Kaneshia McKinney, Catherine Boyle, Maria Carr, NiamhFriel, Ciara Grant, Emer Gallagher, Marian Doherty, Rose Boyle, Dara Kelly, Niamh Mc Menamin, Geraldine McLaughlin and Lauren O’Connell. The Loreto scorers were Geraldine McLaughlin 7-8 (1f), Ciara Grant and Niamh Mc Menamin 1-1, Emer Gallagher and Lauren O’Connell 1-0, Dara Kelly 0-3 and Rose Boyle 0-1.
As we won the Ulster Final we progressed onto the All-Ireland Semi Final on the 24th of March. The girls put in a brave effort in the 2nd half, after being three points down at half time, they went five points up with five minutes to go, but conceded a goal in the dying minutes. The girls put their heart into it in the 2nd half but unfortunately were narrowly beaten, with the girls losing by a goal. The final score was Loreto 0-19 ColaisteIosagain1-19.
This was an exceptional year for this team and hopefully next year will be just as good.
We would like to thank Ms.Bourne, Ms. Bradley and Ms. Winston. We would also like to thank our referee, Seamus Bradley who travelled to all our games to show his support and finally we would like to thank our supporters who came along to our games throughout the year.
Dara Kelly, Emer Gallagher and Ciara Hegarty.