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Chloe McNamee‏ and Leanne Kiernan

Last weekend saw Ireland  U15 Girls  School team play in the final of the Bob Docherty cup.  We are extremely proud of  Leanne Kiernan and Chloe McNamee who played in this competition in every game.

Both girls played in all three games and were integral members of the team, Leanne scored the winner against Slovakia to qualify for the final. We are very proud that both girls represented the NECSL last year in the Gaynor Cup and delighted to see them now represent their country and wish them continued success.  Well done Chloe and Leanne we are all so happy too see you both doing so well.

Pictured below are the girls and their team mates and below that is the full article from the FAI Schools

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Republic of Ireland secure silver in Bob Docherty Cup


Friday, April 18, 2014

Georgia Stanway (3), Ellie Brazil (16), Jessica Jones (57)

THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND U15 GIRLS SCHOOLS outfit came a gallant second in the Bob Docherty Cup yesterday following a hat-trick of goals from hot favourites England in the final of the four day International tournament.

The finale began in dramatic fashion with a goal scored by the hosts after just three minutes of action. Georgia Stanway ghosted through from midfield and swept a low cross into the top corner of Aoife McColgan’s net.

A highly tactical game then followed. Lorraine Counihan’s team defended deeply, trying to catch England on the break. England probed and tested, constantly trying to create an opening.

Leanne Kiernan, lone striker for the Irish team, chased and harried the defence tirelessly.

England’s second goal came after sixteen minutes. Ellie Brazil took advantage of hesitation in Ireland’s defence and gave McColgan no chance.

As half time approached, Ireland had a couple of half chances. Tiegan Ruddy tried a speculative long shot following a corner and Alex Kavanagh tested the English goalkeeper with a powerful drive.

The Republic started the second half with a more attacking approach. Tiegan Ruddy had chances on goal following two fine free kicks.

The English team responded with a shot which McColgan smartly tipped over. The Irish then launched a swift counter-attack and Leah Henry passed to Leanne Kiernan who came close to beating the goalkeeper.

As the English team started to increase the intensity of their attacks, inspired by Jessica Jones, a turning point occurred in the match. Niamh Cashin, the English defender, was sent off for a dangerous tackle.

The Republic of Ireland then went in search of goals. Leanne Kiernan and Saoirse Noonan both came very close but found the English goalkeeper in splendid form.

A final twist came in the closing minutes. Jessica Jones, the English midfield maestro, dribbled the ball into the penalty box and her shot at goal was handled by an Irish defender. The penalty was tucked away confidently by Jones making it 3-0.

The Republic of Ireland put in a solid display during the tournament with a nice 2-0 win against Northern Ireland on Monday evening, this followed by a hard fought 2-1 win over newcomers Slovakia on Tuesday afternoon to take the team to the final.

The Irish management of Counihan, Harvey and Rooney can be proud of what they achieved at this level.

Bob Docherty was on hand to make the presentation to the participating nations in a wonderful conclusion to the competition in a sun soaked Repton School in Derbyshire.

Report courtesy of Richard Grimes


*        Naoisha McALOON (Ratoath College, Meath)

*        Alex KAVANAGH (St. Michael’s SS, Finglas)

*        Chloe MCNAMEE (St. Oliver’s Post Primary, Oldcastle)

*        Ciara HICKEY (Spanish Point SS, Clare)

*        Ciara MAHER (Coláiste de hIde, Tallaght)

*        Heather PAYNE (Ard Scoil Mhuire, Ballinasloe)

*        Katie BURDIS (Coláiste na hInse, Bettystown)

*        Lauryn O’CALLAGHAN (St. MacDara’s CC, Templeogue)

*        Leah HENRY (Presentation SS, Listowel)

*        Leah REYBET DEGAT (Sutton Park School)

*        Leanne KIERNAN (Bailieborough CS)

*        Niamh FARRELLY (St. Joseph’s College, Lucan)

*        Sabrina MCCARTHY (St. Caimin’s CS, Shannon)

*        Saoirse NOONAN (Christ the King Girls’ SS, Cork)

*        Shania McGONIGLE (Carndonagh CS)

*        Aoife McCOLGAN (Carndonagh CS)

*        Sinead FARRELL (St. Joseph’s College, Summerhill, Athlone)

*        Tiegan RUDDY (St. Wolstan’s CS, Celbridge)


*        Lorraine Counihan, Manager (Colaiste Mhuire, Buttevant)

*        Alistair Harvey, Coach (St. Kilian’s DSD, Clonskeagh)

*        David Rooney, GK Coach 

*        Angela Kenneally, Physio


RESULTS (All games take place in Repton School, Derbyshire)

Bob Docherty Cup

England 2-0 Wales at 5.00pm

Republic of Ireland 2-0 Northern Ireland at 5.00pm

Monday, April 14


Bob Docherty Cup

Wales 0-6 Scotland at 10.00am

Republic of Ireland 2-1 Slovakia at 3.00pm

Tuesday, April 15

Bob Docherty Cup

England 2-2 Scotland at 10.00am (England advance 4-3 on pens)

Slovakia 2-0 Northern Ireland at 2.30pm

Wednesday, April 16

Bob Docherty Cup

5th / 6th place play-off (two teams that come 3rd in their group) at 9.00am

Northern Ireland 2-0 Wales

3rd / 4th place play-off (two teams that come 2nd in their group) at 9.00am

Scotland 0-0 Slovakia

Final (between the two group winners) at 10.25am

England 3-0 Republic of Ireland

Thursday, April 17

Winner:                 England

Runner Up:           Republic of Ireland

Third Place:           (Joint) Scotland & Slovakia

Firth Place:            Northern Ireland

Sixth Place:           Wales

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