Each Child Unique. Each Child Talented. All Children Cherished.
St. Ita's had the unique distinction of contesting both the boys and girls finals of the Division 1 Winter League at Rossa GAC on Wednesday 23rd October.
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The girls played first and despite conceding two early scores, they rallied round and showed great attacking purpose. Excellent tackling from the midfield pairing of Evie McHugh and Hannah Cassin set up attack after attack in the first half with Orlaith McMahon scoring two great goals. There was also some great point taking and the girls deservedly led at half time.
Holy Trinity started well in the second half but St. Ita's stood firm and defended bravely. Emily McGreevy in full back and Niamh Lamont in goal tackled and blocked and worked non-stop to ensure the comeback never materialised. St. Ita's pushed for scores regularly and Rebecca McDonnell and Niamh Napier ran their socks off in half forward to set up attacks. The girls finished strongly to win the game 5-9 to 2-3.
The final whistle was greeted with great cheers from the players and all the St. Ita's supporters that travelled across to see the game.
Maith sibh cailíní!
The boys final was next, against a physical Bunscol Phobal Feirste team. St. Ita's began well and the full forward line of Fintan McArdle and Oliver White were looking sharp. Tom Hickson and Joseph Kerr were having a good battle with their midfield partners but St. Ita's had the better of the play. A fortuitous goal for BPF just before the half time whistle left the teams level after the first half.
The second half was hard fought and scores were hard to come by for both teams. Conall Vaugh and Fionn Dougan battled hard in and around the middle and St. Ita's were creating chances. BPF made it difficult to convert them however and going into the final 5 minutes, we only had a slender one point lead. Some excellent defending by Joseph Murchan and Rory McConnell, coupled with the blocking skills of Gabriel McGowan, meant that St. Ita's kept the Bunscol at bay for a good portion of the half. Then came another Bunscol goal that meant that our boys had to go and chase the game in the last few minutes. The boys from St. Ita's never gave up but just came up short by 2 points.
The boys should be proud of how they played. They played with fairness, skill and determination and everyone in school is extremely proud of them.
Expect to see more of this team in the new year when the Cumann na mBunscol Championships start.