Five-star Iosagain land All-Ireland Junior title

by Gazette Reporter

COLAISTE Iosagain proved irresistible as they stormed to a resounding TESCO Post Primary Schools All-Ireland junior A football title, sweeping away the challenge of Loreto Omagh.

The damage was done in the first half as two goals from Niamh Ni Shiochain set the Dublin school on their way with a further two second half goals from Grace Ni She ensured it would be a comfortable win.

The roots of this victory were sewn in midfield where the dominance of Hannah Ni Dhea and player of the match, Michelle Ni Chiardha, ensured the possession for their pacey inside forwards.

With a big wind in their favour, Iosagain pushed forward in the first half with Ni Shiochain the perfect target on the edge of the square. The first major contribution saw her control a loose ball with her feet before dribbling around the keeper and rolling into the net.

It set the tone for the match as Iosagain went on to dominate. Things could have been different had Ciarrai McCann’s goal bound effort not have been brilliantly saved by Orla Ni Dhuill. But points from Sinead Ni Bhuilde and Ni Chairdha built a five-point lead. When Ni Shiochain soared above the Loreto defence to field the ball and drive it to the Omagh net, it all but killed of the tie, leading to a commanding 2-9 to 0-2 lead at half time.

Against the wind, the scoring scarcely slowed, especially when Grace Ni Dhea squeezed the ball into the Loreto net after seeing her earlier effort cannon back off the crossbar.

It was one way traffic from here as Ni Dhea and Ni Chiardha dominated the middle of the field, starving the Loreto Omagh forwards of possession.

Omagh could have had a goal as Sasha Byrne hit the crossbar but Iosagain broke straight up the field and Ni She netted the score that ended the Omagh resistance. Laura Ni Chathain put the icing on the cake as she scored their last goal that saw the Dublin school win by 25 points.

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