Cork and Dublin take titles at third Eugene Egan Tournament

by Cóilín Duffy

Cork and Dublin took the titles, at the Annual Eugene Egan Ladies Football Under 14 Tournament held in Clan na nGael Fontenoy in Ringsend on Saturday.

The event, in its third year, once again brought the cream of young football talent from across the country to Dublin, for the event organised by Dublin LGFA in memory of former Dublin LGFA secretary and Cuala clubman Eugene, who sadly passed away in February 2014.

Over 180 girls from Dublin, Cork, Kildare, Wexford and Antrim showcased their football skills in front of a huge crowd of supporters with parents, family and friends from all five counties treated to some excellent football.

From the outset, it was apparent that the standard of football on display was going to be of an exceptionally high standard, a testament to the quality of coaching being carried out by the clubs at grass roots level throughout the respective participating counties.

Cork retained the cup title they won last year and did so in impressive fashion, chalking up an impressive 9-23 throughout the tournament while only conceding 3-2.

Cork defeated hosts Dublin in the tournament final on the scoreline of 2-6 to 0-1 with Heidi Mackin and Edith O’Connell in fine form for the Rebel County.

Dublin fielded two teams in the tournament and retained the Shield title overcoming a gallant Kildare team on the score line of 7-13 to 2-1.

The inaugural Plate final was a pulsating contest between Wexford and Antrim.

The Ulster side held a six-point interval lead, but Wexford upped their performance and intensity in the second half to run out worthy winners at the end on the scoreline of 3-6 to 3-4.

Elizabeth Egan, wife of Eugene was on hand to present medals to all the competing players from the five counties along with presenting the cup, shield and plate to the winning captains of Cork, Dublin and Wexford.

Round Robin Results:

Group A:
Cork 1-8 Dublin 2-1
Cork 6-9 Wexford 1-0, Dublin 5-10 Wexford 0-1.

Group B:
Dublin 5-1 Antrim 4-3, Kildare 3-11 Antrim 3-2, Dublin 4-6 Kildare 0-3.

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