Presentation SS, Thurles win FAI Schools National Cup

Presentation SS, Thurles

Presentation SS, Thurles win FAI Schools National Cup

Presentation Secondary School, Thurles are the 2017/18 Bank of Ireland FAI Schools Senior Girls National Cup winners after a 2-0 win over Donegal’s Moville Community College, in Home Farm FC.
21st Feb 2018

Goals either side of the break from Aoibheann Clancy and Emma O’Sullivan gave the Tipperary school their second National Cup title in three years.

Moville started the game the stronger, in a first half of few chances, with striker Kerry Brown troubling goalkeeper Rachel Sweeney.

Despite Moville’s dominace in the early stages, it was Presentation SS who took the lead. Clancy’s free kick from the left-hand side bounced in the box, and despite the best effort to clear the ball, her shot hit of the far post and into the net.

Chasing a goal in the second half, Moville once more looked the more impressive, but the moment of the game saw Thurles double their lead just before the hour mark.

Midfielder Casey Hennessy’s pass split the Donegal school’s defence, with Emma O’Sullivan cooly slotting past goalkeeper Clodagh Skelly to guarantee the title.

The Donegal side continued to try and get back into the game, but the resolute defence for the Tipperary side, ensured the two goal win.

Moville Community College: Clodagh Skelly; Erin Coyle, Eimear McLaughlin, Danielle McLaughlin, Emma Doherty; Kate McClenaghan (Aisling McLaughlin 73), Ciara Harkin (Niamh McDonald 48), Eilish Halvin (capt), Bronagh McGuinness; Kerry Brown, Megan Halvin.

Presentation Secondary School, Thurles: Rachel Sweeney; Queva O’Meara (Enya Maher 79), Katie Ryan (capt), Ciara Dwan, Kate Cavanagh (Megan Quigey 80), Sarah Foley; Aoibheann Clancy, Casey Hennessy, Kate Sheridan (Saoirse Teer 62); Emma O’Sullivan (Emer Hartnett 76), Lauren McCormack.

Bank of Ireland Player of the Match: Aoibheann Clancy (Presentation Secondary School, Thurles)

Referee: Sarah Dyas (Louth)