The U14 Girls played their Division III semi final on Tuesday evening last July 23rd in Clarecastle against Coolmeen. 13 a side is the standard for Div III games and that was what was played for the semi final, although with both teams having a number of subs, Clooney would have liked a 15 a side game. While it took them only a minute to score their first goal, it was really ten minutes before they settled into the match. In the early stages there was little between the teams score wise - at one stage about ten minutes in, it was Clooney 2-1; Coolmeen 1-1. After that most of the play was with the Clooney/Quin forwards for the remainder of the first half, so much so that at half time the Clooney Ladies lead on a scoreline of 7-3 to 1-3. Coolmeen came back strong in the second half as was expected but with Clooney so far ahead and still playing strong, the final score was 10-5 to 5-7. With the other semi final between Wolfe Tones and Fergus Rovers yet to be played, their is no date yet for the final.
Clooney Team: Michelle Meere, Jennifer O'Neill, Clara DeSousa, Leah O'Neill, Alannah Ryan, Kate Taylor, Orlaith Nash, Alex O'Neill, Mary Conneally (0-2), Ciara Grogan (3-1) (Captain), Amy Moloney (1-0), Ellie Rochford (1-1), Emma Deegan (5-1), Aisling McGrath, Sinead McGee, Rachel Begg, Hannah Conneally, Roisin Keogh, Moya Dunne. Management: Robbie Downes, Anne Nash

Clooney Quin 3-11        4-2 Fergus Rovers 

Clooney Quin have taken the U14 Division 3 Championship with a great second half performance. With the first twenty five minutes all end to end football, Fergus Rovers were leading by four points 2-1 to 0-3 but had to yield to the dominant performances of Ciara Grogan, Aoibheann Duggan and Emma Deegan.

Fergus Rovers opened courtesy of a Sarah Mullins goal in the first Rovers attack. Clooney-Quin counter-attacked and despite a fruitless penalty attempt, Emma Deegan and Aoibheann Duggan both pointed in succession. Aine Slattery scored an impressive point for Fergus Rovers but Emma Deegan did likewise for Clooney-Quin a minute later. In a great spell for the Blues, captain Lauren Hill, Ava O’Malley and Aine McSweeney played very well and it looked like Rovers had weathered the worst of it when Eimear Stephens goaled to put four points between the sides at 2-1 to 0-3 and more pressure from the Blues yielded the second missed penalty of the game with seven minutes to go in the first half. However, now Clooney-Quin turned on the style and had an additional 2-1 scored before referee Sarah Bohannon blew for the break, courtesy of goals from Sarah Costello and Ciara Grogan and a point from Emma Deegan.. 

The Clooney-Quin girls were now playing with confidence and the impressive Ciara Grogan hit the woodwork twice in the first three minutes, eventually, eluding Ciara Sheehan to goal and point on four minutes.  Emma Hill goaled for the Rovers but Grogan was back with two points for Clooney-Quin to put them 3-7 to 3-1 with 12 minutes gone. A great point from Aine McSweeney failed to spark the Blues and Aoibheann Duggan took over from Grogan to point twice for Clooney-Quin as did Amy Moloney. Duggan, Deegan and Grogan were unstoppable in their attacking prowess. Grogan came off the woodwork three times more before she scored the victor’s last point and Rover’s Yvonne Collins goaled in the dying minutes of the game to end 3-11 to 4-2.   

Captain Ava O’Malley, Aine McSweeney and Sarah Mullins played best for Fergus Rovers and a good overall team performance had them in the game at half time. However, Clooney-Quin’s good defensive form by Captain Aine Nash, Alice O’Donnell, Eimear McGrath and Jennifer O’Neill was complimented by Aoibheann Duggan and Alannah Ryan in midfield and Ciara Grogan and Emma Deegan in attack to dominate the second half and a historic win for Clooney-Quin.

Clooney-Quin: Ciara O’Reilly, Michelle Meere, Jennifer O’Neill, Aine Nash (Capt), Kate Taylor, Alice O’Donnell, Eimear McGrath, Aoibheann Duggan (0-3), Alannah Ryan, Amy Moloney (0-1), Ciara Grogan (2-4), Sarah Costello (1-0), Orlaith Nash, Emma Deegan (0-3), Clara de Sousa, Siobhan Frain, Lauren McConway, Aisling McGrath, Eilish Whitney, Rachel Begg, Mary Conneally. 

Fergus Rovers: Ciara Sheehan, Lauren Hill, Ava O’Malley (Capt), Cathy Casey, Brid Garry, Lorraine Kelly, Aine McSweeney (0-1), Bernadette Kelly, Gillian Griffin, Alannah Hanrahan, Sarah Mullins (1-0), Rebecca Cahill, Emma Hill (1-0), Eimear Stephens (1-0), Aine Slattery (0-1), Yvonne Collins (1-0) , Michelle Collins, Katie Fitzgerald.  




The Clooney Quin U14 ladies footballers did their club proud at the weekend by winning the Division 3 shield final. This game was played in the Banner against Clarecastle. The girls came out on top to seal an impressive win. Well done Girls. Smile

Well done to Aine Nash and Jane Taylor, who represented Clare in the U11 and U12 Intercounty football tournament which was held last weekend in Gurteen...............


The U14 B Girls Football Shield Final against Newmarket is on Friday the 2nd October at 5.30pm in Clooney pitch. All girls are asked to be there at 5.00pm.