Dublin’s U16 Ladies Footballers Look To Bridge Four Year Gap.
All Ireland U16 Final
Dublin v Cork
Saturday August 30th, 1pm
JK Brackens GAA Club, Templemore
The Dublin U16 team to face Cork in this year’s 2014 All Ireland final will be announced on Thursday evening following the panel’s final training session ahead of Saturdays show down with the Rebels in Templemore.
Dublin began their championship campaign back on the 1st of March last and on route to the decider have accounted for Kildare, Wicklow, Laois, Meath, Westmeath and Galway.
The Dublin U16 panel consists of representatives from 18 clubs across Dublin with Foxrock Cabinteely and Kilmacud Crokes leading the way with five players apiece.
Cuala, Lucan Sarsfields, O’Dwyers and O’Tooles are next up with two representatives each while Ballinteer St Johns, Ballyboden St Endas, Naomh Barrog, Naomh Mearnog, Naomh Olaf, Parnells, Round Towers Clondalkin, Round Towers Lusk, St Brigids, St Maurs and Thomas Davis each have a representative on the Dublin panel.
At the start of the season the Dublin management team selected a group of players who possess a blend of experience mixed with enthusiasm and skill. Twelve of the panel made their debut for the County in 2014 while seventeen of the group had all played previously for the sky blues at U14 level back in 2012 under former Dublin manager, Terry Jennings.
Notably four players- Ellen Curran, Hannah O’Neill, Mia Jennings and Erica Byrne also featured on Pat Kane’s Dublin U16 team who captured the Leinster title in 2013 only to lose out to a strong Cork outfit in the All-Ireland decider. Clara O’Sullivan (Naomh Olaf) the equalising heroine from the semi-final versus Galway is the sole representative from last year’s U14 panel.
It has been four years since Dublin were last crowned under 16 All-Ireland champions having suffered defeats in 2011 and 2013 at the hands of Kerry and Cork.
Everyone involved in Dublin LGFA will be hoping that 2014 will be the breakthrough year for the U16’s with success finally returning to the Capital following the heart break of the last couple of seasons.
Dublin Path to the All- Ireland Final:
17th August Dublin 6-12 (AET) Galway 4-13 Semi Final
11th May Dublin 2-15 Meath 3-04 Leinster Final
19th April Dublin 4-09 Westmeath 0-10 Round Robin
6th April Dublin 1-13 Meath 0-08 Round Robin
29th March Dublin 4-18 Laois 0-06 Round Robin
15th March Dublin 3-10 Wicklow 0-06 Round Robin
1st March Dublin 8-19 Kildare 1-06 Round Robin
Dublin Under 16 Panel.
Eleanor Ahern Ballinteer St Johns
Emily Flanagan Ballyboden St Enda’s
Billy Kate Huggard Cuala
Hannah O’Dea Cuala
Ellen Curran Foxrock Cabinteely
Hannah Foster Ryan Foxrock Cabinteely
Hannah O’Neill Foxrock Cabinteely
Tarah O’Sullivan Foxrock Cabinteely
Megan Duffy Foxrock Cabinteely
Katie Ronan Kilmacud Crokes
Mia Jennings Kilmacud Crokes
Muireann O’Gorman Kilmacud Crokes
Rachel Fleming Kilmacud Crokes
Robyn Kos Kilmacud Crokes
Danielle Murray Lucan Sarsfields
Sabrina Moloney Lucan Sarsfields
Laura Mc Ginley Naomh Barrog
Sarah Kearns Naomh Mearnog
Clara O’Sullivan Naomh Olaf
Clare Mc Grath O’Dwyers
Erica Byrne O’Dwyers
Rachel Doughlas O’Tooles
Tara Fitzgibbon O’Tooles
Leona Corr Parnells
Riona Mc Tavish Round Towers Clondalkin
Chloe Lawless Round Towers Lusk
Amy Fitzpatrick St Brigids
Martha Dwyer St Margarets
Niamh Carty St Maurs
Jade Sweeney Knot Thomas Davis
Dublin Management Team:
Ken Nyhan (St Brigids) – Manager
Paul O’Hara (Round Towers, Lusk) – Selector
Lisa Heavey (Castleknock) – Coach
Lisa Byrne (O’Dwyers) – FLO