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Loreto College’s victorious Erne Shield team - View Full Size Image
Loreto College’s victorious Erne Shield team
Player of the match at the Erne Shield Final - View Full Size Image
Player of the match at the Erne Shield Final
Loreto’s Captain receives the Erne Shield - View Full Size Image
Loreto’s Captain receives the Erne Shield
Loreto College’s victorious Erne Shield team - View Full Size Image
Loreto College’s victorious Erne Shield team

Loreto College Coleraine won its first ladies’ gaelic title on Friday 25th May, with the U14 footballers winning the Erne Shield. 

Loreto 5.13 - 3.7 St Aidan’s, Derrylin
The Loreto u14 ladies footballers left Cookstown on Friday 25th May with the Erne shield in tow, adding to the history of the school. The game, which was played in front of a huge crowd of supporters, was an excellent advertisement for Derry and Fermanagh ladies’ football. It truly was a thrilling, intense and entertaining game from the very first whistle.

The Loreto girls shot out of the blocks from the throw in. Team Captain Lucy won the first ball and drove straight through the middle with the ball, setting the tempo immediately.  Centre half forward Eimear found the net twice in the 4 minutes after she put over the game’s opening score.  Playing with a strong wind, St Aidan’s replied with a point. However, Loreto were relentless in their attack. An adventurous run from deep by Jodie from centre half back resulted in her eventually finding the net with a neat finish. Loreto’s dynamic corner forward Clodagh got in on the action too as she scored a brace in a few minutes.  Clodagh’s two trademark weaving runs resulted in the ball nestling in the back of the opposition goal.  Forwards Eimear, Erin, Mary and Erin all raised white flags in the first half completing Loreto’s 5.5 rout in the first half.

HT Score: Loreto 5.5 - 1.2 St Aidan’s

Any neutrals in the crowd would have been forgiven to think that the game was over at half time as Loreto led with a convincing score and now had a strong wind at their back. However, the Fermanagh girls found another gear and caused immediate problems for Loreto.  St Aidan’s tallied up 2 goals and 2 points shortly after the restart, truly testing the character of the Loreto girls. Character, however, is a trait which this panel of girls has in abundance.  After several wides, Loreto found their feet after regrouping at the water break. The hardworking Eimear saw to the beginning of the end of the game as she floated over her 8th point of the game. The tireless efforts of Mary, Jodie, Erin and Clodagh got results in this pivotal period as they all kicked points. St Aidan’s found the Loreto net and scored twice more, but the game was sealed as Eimear scored her 3rd goal of the game. Substitute Cara sealed the win with a great goal ensuring the Erne Shield would be travelling north to Coleraine.

Final Score: Loreto 5.13 - 3.7 St Aidan’s

How they played:

This was another display of character and skill from the Loreto girls.  The main strength of this group is the depth of quality players involved.  Goalkeeper Jesse put on another flawless display by pulling of some great saves and setting up countless attacks from the kick out.

The full back line of Ciara, Erin and Caitlin Rose played with absolute fearlessness as they attacked every dangerous ball played into the middle. Erin dissolved countless attacks with a very dominant display. Lucy, Jodie and Brona gave fantastic performances. Lucy led the team, particularly when needed, as she had done throughout the competition to date. Brona’s intelligence thwarted many attacks as her positioning was excellent.  The team’s engine room of Cara and Niamh powered their way through the game. The Eoghan Rua pair’s athletic ability has been a major factor throughout their journey.

The dynamism, movement and skill of Erin, Eimear, and Mary proved too much for all teams in this competition. The trio combined to score 3.6 of Loreto’s total.  The full forward line of Erin, Megan and Clodagh again created havoc for the opposing team’s defence. Their combined skill, creativity and power led to the development of numerous scoring chances.  Substitutes Clodagh, Grace, Emma, Colleen, Cara and Caitlin all slotted in immediately, ensuring that the girls ultimately won the game. An advantage any successful team has is the strength of the overall panel, an advantage which this panel certainly has.  Player of the match was awarded to Jodie, who performed at an unbelievable level as both a forward and a back. Jodie’s display was flawless throughout the game.

The Loreto team and management would like to thank St.Aidan’s for a great game, the referee for his officiating and Ulster Ladies Gaelic Football for organising the competition.

The team members and their coach, Mr Eddie McCloskey, were congratulated on this historic victory by Mr Michael James, College Principal, on behalf of all the staff and students of Loreto College Coleraine.