No regrets left for Wilson's wonders
WILSON'S Hospital School manager Gavin Kierans insists Tuesday's All-Ireland semi-final defeat is insignificant compared to last week's Leinster Senior B Girls Final victory.
The Meath school gained revenge for last season's showpiece defeat by Grennan College of Thomastown by beating the holders on penalties in last Friday's decider in Newbridge.
The victory capped 12 months of hard work and dedication from Kierans and his players following last year's disappointment and propelled them into their first All-Ireland semi-final. That game took place in Monaghan on Tuesday and Wilson's were beaten 2-0 by the experienced Mulroy College of Milford.
Despite the disappointment, Kierans was quick to put the season in perspective when drawing everyone's attention back to events in Newbridge just days earlier. "Our season was not about the All-Ireland semi-final, it was about going one better than last year and winning the Leinster title and we did that," said Kierans. "We are absolutely delighted."
Lauren Payne's cross for Jillian Sullivan provided the equaliser for Wilson's in last week's final after Grennan benefited from an own goal to take the lead. The sides could not be separated until penalties, when goalkeeper Kristina Franklin saved two spot kicks for Wilson's.
WILSON'S HOSpital: Kristina Franklin, Emilie Dugdale, Alice Evans, Shannen McGuinness, Davina Harris, Clara Wilson, Laura McCullagh, Lynsey Payne, Darielle Brady, Lauren Payne, Jillian Cunningham, Megan Gould, Leanne Mulvey, Ellen Prendergast, Aisling O'Brennan, Rachel Shaw, Jessica Shekleton, Shannon Copland, Chloe Kelly.