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North Tipperary Schoolchildren’s Football League

May 201308th

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North Tipperary Schoolchildren’s Football League

North Tipp Emerging Talent
Sarah McKevitt (Borris/St Kevins) selected for Ireland U16 squad for upcoming tournament 4 team tournament in Dublin from the 7th  to the 10th of May. Sarah has been on the North Tipperary Emerging Talent programme since U12’s and has represented the league at the 2011 and 2012 Gaynor Cups. Sarah has also been selected for the Munster U15 Schools squad in 2011 and 2012, and represented Ireland v England last year in a development games. Sarah is also captain of the Presentation Thurles soccer team that is in the All Ireland final on 1st May. The league had 4 more players selected for Ireland U16’s Trials Keely Lenihan (Birdhill) Aislinn O’Brien, Carly Wright, Luara Kavanagh (All Nenagh AFC) that were unlucky not to be selected but can be very proud of their achievements. The future looks very bright for NTSFL Girls!!!

Midlands Cup
Nenagh AFC under 14 “A” team qualified for the Final of the Midlands cup on Sunday last with a 3 – 2 win against Rathangan which made the overall score line  6 – 6 on aggregate meaning Nenagh go through due to their 3 away goals from the first leg. This was a first class game with two well drilled sides. Nenagh had the luxury of fielding their strongest side but Rathangan had to play without their excellent mid fielder Joe Grimes which certainly weakened them. The game was played at a very strong pace with plenty of skill on display and it was Rathangan who struck first with a great header from an excellent cross two minutes into the game. This would have rattled a lot of teams but Nenagh struck back almost immediately when Brian McLoughney used his quick feet to break free on the wing to feed the prolific Kevin Ryan who applied the deftest of touches to bring the game level at 1-1. Nenagh were now the dominant team and after 15 minutes went 2-1 ahead when Jake Morris went on a mazy run from left to right to feed Brain McLoughney who skilfully fed Kevin Ryan who made no mistake from 10 yards. Kevin Ryan was now rampant and he had two shots just wide in between Rathangan threatening the Nenagh goalmouth with a great shot. Rathangan upped the ante before half time and it took a great goalmouth clearance from Jack Daly who was superb on the day to keep the half time score line at 2 -1 to Nenagh. Rathangan upped the ante early in the second half and went at Nenagh hammer and thongs and their efforts were rewarded with a brilliant 20 yarder making the score line 2- 2 on the day. Kieran O Brien was just wide with a header with the game now flowing from end to end with Peter Folan made a smart save to keep Nenagh in the game. Kieran O Brien was wide with another effort just after. The game was settled in the last 10 minutes when relentless Nenagh pressure resulted in Rathangan self destructing when first their goalkeeper injured himself in a clash with Jake Morris as he endeavoured to dribble past him right on the box. This resulted in the Goalkeeper getting shown a yellow card as he was helped off the pitch. A few moments later a Rathangan defender was shown a straight Red card as he attempted to pull the shirt off Kevin Ryan’s back after the Nenagh Forward had left the defender for dead with his pace. The resulting penalty was expertly dispatched to the net by Jake Morris to make the final score line 3-2 to Nenagh which saw jubilant scenes on the sideline amongst Nenagh supporters. Both sides deserve immense credit for the football they displayed over the two legs. Football was the real winner on the day. Squad: Peter Folan, Conor McCarthy ,Eoin Coffey, Dylan Sheehan, Jack Daly, Jack Dunne, Shane Doran, Jake Morris , Brian McLoughney, Kieran O Brien , Kevin Ryan, Fiachra Carey, Killian Malone, Grady Jones, Ethan o Brien, D Ryan.

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