St. Pius X GNS defeat Scoil Áine for the second year in a row, to bring home the Sciath Bean Uí Phuirséil trophy.
St. Pius X G.N.S. knew that this was going to be a tough match given last year’s final and they were not wrong! Scoil Áine, Raheny, proved to be worthy opponents as Pius were down by a goal at half time with the score line reading 1-1 to 2-1. In the first half, Taylor found the back of the net with a rasper while Aoife successfully converted a point from a 45. Sophia’s first half performance further proved her dominance as centre back. Grace showed her commitment to her team by playing despite feeling ill. Ava stepped up to the plate in midfield when needed and made a great impact. Lorna’s marking skills were second to none as she guarded her house with fervour.
Undeterred by the score line, Pius totally dominated Scoil Áine in the second half. Puck outs and saves from our warrior goal keeper Maeve kept us in the game when Scoil Áine threatened to further extend their lead. Orla, despite long term injury, scored two magnificent goals adding to last year’s hat trick. The captains’ influence was clear to see as Shauna and Alannah led by example and lifted their team’s spirits. Emma proved to be a power house at full back and cleared her lines with ease aided by Aoife and Maria. Aoife was a shining star on the day, achieving 100% accuracy from place balls. Her sideline cut sailed over the crossbar while a 45 found the back of the net. Ciara and Kate dominated on a fitness level and showed utter determination. Our full forward line up changed quite a bit as we have an abundance of players who can hit their mark. Aislinn created a wealth of space, allowing others to go for goal. We also introduced power subs Ava, Fiona, Ellen and Laura. All played a vital role in securing our victory. Jane showed her versatility by playing in a corner back position despite being a natural forward.
The final score was 4-3 to 2-2. This is St. Pius X G.N.S.’ sixth consecutive year winning a trophy in the Division 1 competition and we know it won’t be the last! Go Pius!!!!
By Maria 3rd Class