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Monday 5 December 2016

Bob Doherty Cup: Counihan impressed as Schoolgirls in Green run hosts close to take second spot

Heather Payne (above) gets to the ball during the clash against Northern Ireland
Heather Payne (above) gets to the ball during the clash against Northern Ireland
Irish captain Tara Mannix, Katie Burdis and Sadhbh Doyle put pressure on England during their 2-2 draw at the tournament in Scotland.

IRELAND Under-15 Girls Schools side manager Lorraine Counihan has hailed her players after last week’s runners-up finish at the Bob Docherty Cup in Scotland.

Counihan’s side took second place in the five-team international tournament for the third year in-a-row and were only narrowly denied the title by the hosts in Glasgow.

Scotland’s 1-0 final-day victory over the Schoolgirls in Green saw them finish top of the pile, but England’s draw with Wales ensured Ireland the runners-up spot.

Louise Masterson and Heather Payne had Ireland’s best chances to cancel out Scotland first-half goal last Thursday, but were unable to deny the hosts victory.

Counihan, however, was more than impressed with a week’s work that yielded a comeback draw with England and wins over Wales and Northern Ireland.

“Second place is a huge achievement in terms of the competition we faced,” insists the Ireland boss.

“Personally, I’m disapointed for the girls because I know they could have beaten Scotland but early goals are tough to come back from against physical sides like Scotland and we played some great football.”

IRELAND U15 GIRLS: Niamh Coombes (Caritas College), Rachel Baynes (Sacred Heart School), Katie Ann Bolger Burdis (Coláiste na hInse), Amy Boyle Carrr (St Columba’s Comp), Bethany Carroll (Abbey CC), Tara Mary Cully (St Paul’s SS), Sadhbh Doyle (Jesus and Mary SS), Meghen Hengerer (Dominican College), Courtney Histon (St Peter’s CS), Aoife Lynagh (Dominican College), Ciara Maher (Coláiste de híde), Tara Mannix (Gaelcholaiste Luimnigh), Louise Ann Masterson (Holy Family CS), Michalle O’Driscoll (St Angela’s College), Heather Payne (Coláiste Mhuire), Erica Turner (Rockford Manor SS), Danielle McDevitt (St Columba’s Comp), Tyler Toland (Deele College).

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