Our Seniors are out of the Championship following a tough defeat to Valley Rovers. We lost by four points but what really disappointed us was that we know we can play a lot better. We went in to the match full of confidence. The weather was good, the pitch in Castle Road was excellent and we had great support. We had a full squad to choose from and our preparations went well. We were against the wind in the first half, a half which was dominated by frees. Valley's put over six points from frees and we put over four. Then we gave away possession cheaply in the middle of the field and a soft goal followed which proved to be decisive. H.T score 0-6 to 1-6, five points from Clair and one from Jane. Shauna came on for Caroline at H.T, we had the wind and were well up for it. In fairness to our opponents, they started the second half strong scoring three points without reply. We were five points down by now and we made a few more changes. Ruth came on for Lauren, Kate for Shannyn and later Rebecca for Deirdre. Clair put over two frees before Susan scored a beautiful point from play. Valley's kept ahead with three points from play and one from a free. Clare put over yet another free before Sinead scored two points from play late on but it wasn't enough. F.T score 0-12 to 1-13. Defeat hurts, but there is nothing we can do about it now except learn from it. We wish Valley Rovers all the best in the final. Everyone of our squad deserves a mention. Shauna on goal had a great year. Our full backs of Sarah, Niamh, Deirdre and Rebecca were rock solid giving nothing away cheaply. Sarah in particular had a great season. Our half backs of Shannyn, Susan, Emma and Kate were outstanding all year. Shannyn who has just turned 16 as I have said many times before, is an unbelievable talent. Susan who was switched to centre back earlier in the year was superb and dominated her position in every match. Our midfielders of Essie and Steph have turned in to a great partnership and can compete with the best of them. Our half forwards of Amanda, Sinead, Ruth, Caroline and Shauna worked their socks off and were the engine room for our scores. Amanda our captain led from the front and drove us on. Our full forwards of Clair, Jane, Lauren, Rachel and Lucy were deadly all year particularly the Dooley's who were scoring at will. And then of course we had our squad players. Micheala, Anna, Eve, Abbey, Molly, Hannah, Sasha and Siofra all young players who for the past eight months attended 81 training sessions while learning their trade for the coming years. A tremendous effort from everyone which is greatly appreciated by Kieran, Tom, Paul and I. We couldn't have asked for anymore. This season has to go down as a success. Having come up from Intermediate level last year, it was a new adventure. We have a very young squad and we competed well in every match. To win our championship group was a great achievement and to go out at the semi final stage was no disgrace. This teams behaviour both on and off the pitch was exemplary and we wore the Dillons jersey with pride. Time for a well earned rest now but be warned, training in February next is not too far away.
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