The Colaiste Chiarain 1st Year Girls soccer team were crowned Leinster Champions in the Post Primary Schools Futsal (5-a-side Indoor Soccer) Championships on Wednesday 21st November in the National Indoor Arena in Abbotstown.
Having won the Kildare Championships in October, the girls were pitted against the 12 county winners from all across the province, organised into two groups of six.
A brilliant start saw them claim an emphatic 5-1 win over School Chriost Ri, with a hat trick from Jodie Lawlor. Further wins over Moyne CS and St Joseph's set up a crunch clash with the Dublin Champions, St MacDaras. The girls put in a stirling performance to edge the game 1-0, with Sophie Kelly Buggy grabbing the vital goal. This win ensured progress to the final.
In the decider, they faced off against an old foe, Loreto Kilkenny. Having recently lost out to Loreto in an 11-a-side fixture, the girls had added motivation, and set about their task brilliantly with a well-worked early goal from Lawlor. Ella Malone then took the game by the scruff of the neck, scoring two spectacular long range efforts to put Colaiste Chiarain 3-0 up at the break. Despite renewed efforts from Loreto, the girls put in a calm, assured defensive effort in the second half and never looked like conceding. At the final whistle, the 3-0 scoreline was greeted with great celebrations and excitement.
The team now progress on to the National Finals in Waterford on December 4th. As Leinster Champions and representatives, they will face the other provincial winners from Munster, Ulster and Connaught, and will have high hopes of further success!
Well done to all of the team:
Kate Ryan, Ava Carey, Rion Nallen, Ella Malone, Sophie O'Hagan, Jodie Lawlor, Sophie Kelly Buggy, Jessica Howard, Eimear Kenny, Olivia Grange