Birr were crowned u16 A champions after a 1-9 to 0-4 victory of St.Cillians in St.Brendan’s Park Birr last Saturday afternoon.
In a very intense and physical encounter Birr edged out St.Cillian’s in the first half hitting 1-5 to 0-3 at the break. Two Roisin Donavan points were matched with Siofra Ryan points in the opening five minutes but as a result of Sarah Harding’s ability to hit a ball over 50 yards the Birr full forward line ran riot for the remainder of the first half. Three super points from Sarah Harding from play and from placed balls extend the red and blues lead to three points fifteen minutes in. With St.Cillians’s defence on the back foot St.Cillians’s main scoring threat Siofra Ryan was forced back to number six in a bid to prevent Birr scores. Dara Hanamy pointed from free to reduce the gap to three points but the dominant Sarah Harding was on hand to pick up a ball thirty yards out and somehow managed to find the back of the St.Cillians net from distance. Harding continued to lead her side throughout the game as long range striking hitting points from play and frees stopped any sniff of a St.Cillians attack when the midfielder tracked back to defend. It was very much so a battle of possession in the second half with only five points being scored. Claire Hogan caused trouble in the Birr defence in the second half constantly running at goal but full back Aoibhe Whelhan really stood up to the mark to get crucial blocks and saves to stop St.Cillians scoring. Eventually Hogan was rewarded for her efforts hitting a point but two late points from midfielder Sarah Harding ensured the u16A cup was going to Birr captain Emma Dooley and her side.