Formed in 2012, Cashel Town Schoolgirls U/14’s secured the club’s first ever schoolgirls title at Scoil Chormaic on Sunday, with a well-deserved win over reigning champions Clonmel Celtic.
The girls capped their season off in glorious sunshine in front of a vocal home crowd. That along with two draws meant they went through the whole year unbeaten, a league record for their age group. The Cashel girls controlled the game, and after only five minutes Caitlin Beatty Green settled whatever nerves they might have had when she stole in and fired past the Celtic keeper from close range. Sarah Delaney played a captains role with a magnificent long range effort that gave the opposing keeper no chance to put her side two in front. Completely dominant in midfield, where Emily Mc Grath and Ellie Ryan were ably assisting Delaney, the Town girls were giving their illustrious opponents no chance to get a foothold for most of the rest of the first half. The only wobble came minutes before the break, when a speculative cross deceived home keeper Ciara Dwan, and the lead was reduced to the minimum. However, within minutes Dwan showed her confidence between the posts and stopped a similar effort easily, and never had a save to make for the rest of the game. Defenders Sophie O’Shea and Rebecca Delahunty showed poise and class to keep their side in front, and in front of them Niamh O’Dwyer gave a girl-of-the-match performance sweeping up all Clonmel attacks and starting off many of her own, especially as the second half wore on. The final decisive goal came 5 minutes before the end, and was scored by ace poacher Kate Gayson Molloy, who finished from close range to the delight of the home fans, before substitutes Natalia and Ana Claveria, and Louise Ryan came in to shore up the victory. Loud cheers accompanied the final whistle and Delaney accepted the cup to the joy of the large crowd, acknowledging the huge work that all her team mates, coaches and supporters made to this historic victory. This was all the sweeter when placed against the disappointment of falling at the final hurdle last year in a play-off, and meant that in two years, the girls have only lost one league game.