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25/01/12

St. Angela’s played Christ the King School from Cork in the Munster School final in Youghal on a cold wet and windy afternoon on January 25th. It proved to be a close and exciting game, with the Cork school winning 3-1 at the final whistle.

The final score line fails utterly to tell the story of the game. After a tentative opening few minutes, St. Angela’s settled and played particularly well for the reminder of the opening half. During this period Rachel Hutchinson had a tremendous effort when her shot came back off the crossbar, while great work by Tara O’Brien down the left saw her successfully dribble into the penalty box and unleash a great shot which came off the left post. During this period the Cork goalkeeper, who is also the Irish u/17 keeper, pulled out some great saves. Christ the King also had attacking opportunities during the first half, but these were well dealt with by the St. Angela’s defence.

Playing with the wind in the second half, the Cork school began brightly, and the St. Angela’s keeper Labhaoise Dunbar had to be at her best to keep the score 0-0. St. Angela’s soon settled again and had the upper hand in the terms of possession. However, after 10 minutes, St. Angela’s lost possession after a period of pressure in the Cork half. Christ the King played a long ball forward which Irish international Megan Connolly ran onto to score. St. Angela’s rallied well and after some excellent play won a corner on the left. From the resulting corner, however, the Cork school won possession, delivered long ball forward and scored their second goal.

It was heartbreaking for the St. Angela’s team, to their credit they rallied once more, with every St. Angela’s player totally committed. Some of their best football was played at their time, resulting in tremendous efforts on goal, only to be denied by the excellent Cork goalkeeper.

With 15 minutes left, St. Angela’s won a free on the left, 30m from the Cork school’s goal. Jessica Gleeson took the free and scored with a stunning shot that dipped under the crossbar.

St. Angela’s had renewed hope; they passed hard for the equaliser but Christ the King’s defence held firm. The cork school added a 3rd goal in the last minute to make the final score 3 - 1. An excellent game of football by two great sides.

St. Angela’s – Labhaoise Dunbar, Naomi Douglas, Courtney Collins, Jessica Gleeson, Besarta Ajeti, Rachel Corcoran, Rachel Hutchinson, Ciara O’Brian, Tara O’Brien, Aishling Frawley, Becky Conroy, subs: Natasha Hale, Lauren Cottrell, Hannah Walsh, and Rebecca Coleman.

27/02/12

Our Girls in Green


We are delighted to announce that Jessica Gleeson and Ciara O’Brien have been selected for the Republic of Ireland Women’s under-19 squad which will participate in the UEFA Women’s U19 Championship 2011/2012.  The qualifiers will take place in Belgrade, Serbia, from 27th March - 6th April.

The girls will travel to Belgrade with the squad on the morning of Thursday 29th March where they will play: Serbia (31st March), Switzerland (2nd April) and Denmark (5th April).

Come on you girls in green!

25/01/12

Munster Schools Final Heartbreak

St. Angela’s played Christ the King School from Cork in the Munster School final in Youghal on a cold wet and windy afternoon on January 25th. It proved to be a close and exciting game, with the Cork school winning 3-1 at the final whistle.

The final score line fails utterly to tell the story of the game. After tentative opening few minutes, St. Angela’s settled and played particularly well for the reminder of the opening half. During this period Rachel Hutchinson had a tremendous effort when her shot came back off the crossbar, while great work by Tara O’Brien down the left saw her successfully dribble into the penalty box and unleash a great shot which came off the left post. During this period the Cork goalkeeper, who is also the Irish u/17 keeper, pulled out some great saves. Christ the King also had attacking opportunities during the first half, but these were well dealt with by the St. Angela’s defence.

Playing with the wind in the second half, the Cork school began brightly, and the St. Angela’s keeper Labhaoise Dunbar had to be at her best to keep the score 0-0. St. Angela’s soon settled again and had the upper hand in the terms of possession. However, after 10 minutes, St. Angela’s lost possession after a period of pressure in the Cork half. Christ the King played a long ball forward which Irish international Megan Connolly ran onto to score. St. Angela’s rallied well and after some excellent play won a corner on the left. From the resulting corner, however, the Cork school won possession, delivered long ball forward and scored their second goal.

It was heartbreaking for the St. Angela’s team, to their credit they rallied once more, with every St. Angela’s player totally committed. Some of their best football was played at their time, resulting in tremendous efforts on goal, only to be denied by the excellent Cork goalkeeper.

With 15 minutes left, St. Angela’s won a free on the left, 30m from the Cork school’s goal. Jessica Gleeson took the free and scored with a stunning shot that dipped under the crossbar.

St. Angela’s had renewed hope, they passed hard for the equaliser but Christ the King’s defence held firm. The cork school added a 3rd goal in the last minute to make the final score 3 - 1. An excellent game of football by two great sides.

St. Angela’s – Labhaoise Dunbar, Naomi Douglas, Courtney Collins, Jessica Gleeson, Besarta Ajeti, Rachel Corcoran, Rachel Hutchinson, Ciara O’Brian, Tara O’Brien, Aishling Frawley, Becky Conroy, subs: Natasha Hale, Lauren Cottrell, Hannah Walsh, and Rebecca Coleman.

June 2011

The school has enjoyed a very successful year with all of its soccer teams.

The first year soccer team represented Waterford schools in the Munster Futsal Finals in November. They were also Munster cup semi-finalists, although they lost the semi-final to the Charleville of Cork, who went on to become Munster Champions. The first year soccer team was made up of Tara Murphy (Captain), Sally Browne, Carrie O’Keeffe, Nicole O’Gorman, Charlotte Counihan, Rachel Rogers, Eimear O’Brien, Roisín Rafter, Saoirse Houlihan, Chloe O’Keeffe, Karen Flannegan, Jenna Browne, Tamzin O’Shea, Laura Gannon, Emma Walsh, Ciara McCarthy and Megan Byrne.

It was a very successful year for the under 14 soccer team who consisted of Aisling Frawley and Tara O’Brien (joint captains), Naomi Douglas, Labhaoise Dunbar, Sharon Brown, Natasha Hale, Rebecca Coleman, Ruthie Leavy, Elizabeth Kinsella-Kent, Tara Murphy, Aoife Doherty, Pranvera Berisha, Hayley Furnell, Hannah Walsh, Emily Unsworth, Lauren Ryan, Doireann Flynn, Kayla Williams and Ciara Suffin. The team are Munster Champions, after beating Blackwater Community School. The game finished 1-1 after extra time, so the school won 4-2 on penalties. The team beat Alexandra College 1-0 (goal by Naomi Douglas) in the All-Ireland Semi-Final in Arklow, and played very well in the All-Ireland Final, wherein Moville Community College beat the girls 3-1.

The under 16 team were Munster Finalists competing against Christ the King School. The team was beaten 2-0 at the end of extra time. Maggie Doolan, Gráinne Flood, Becky Conroy, Courtney Collins, Rachel Hutchinson (captain), Ella O’Nuallain, Camelia Doyle, Aisling Frawley, Tara O’Brien, Naomi Douglas, Labhaoise Dunbar, Rebecca Coleman, Elizabeth Kinsella-Kent, Hannah Walsh and Doireann Flynn made up the under 16 team.

The under 18 team became Munster Champions this year, beating Christ the King school 2-0 in the final. The team was also the South East cup winners after beating St. Declan’s Community College, Kilmacthomas 5-1 in the final. The girls lost 1-0 to Eureka College Meath in the All-Ireland Semi-Final. The under 18 team was made up of Treasa Doorley (captain), Lucy Stoneman, Yvonne Bloomer, Jessica Gleeson, Rachel Corcoran, Ciara O’Brien, Rachel Flynn, Besarta Ajeti, Aisling Frawley, Gráinne Flood, Naomi Douglas, Becky Conroy, Courtney Collins, Rachel Hutchinson, Maggie Doolan, Hannah Walsh and Ella O’Nuallain.

March 2011

All-Ireland Under 19 Schools Soccer Semi Final
St Angela's Secondary School Waterford 0
Eureka Secondary School, Kells. Co. Meath 1


The match was played on Thursday March 10th in Arklow town on a dry windy day. The strong breeze was a telling factor in the game with each side dominating the half in which the conditions favoured them.

With quarter of an hour played, Eureka were gifted the first real goal scoring opportunity courtesy of Joanne Bryne. Her telling ball from the right wing sailed invitingly into the box but the on rushing Rebecca Goodwin was inches away from converting at the back post. St Angela's also had chances in the first half. Aisling Frawley was causing panic in the Eureka defense every time she got the ball, and on one occasion it was the quick thinking and decisive action of the Eureka goalkeeper that prevented Aisling from scoring. Their goalkeeper also saved well from a shot by Lucy Stoneman, while a free by Jessica Gleeson was narrowly wide of the right hand post. Captain for Eureka, Kellie Allen was their play maker as the game advanced. She was superbly matched by Waterford's Ciara O'Brien who only returned from illness and was passed match fit the day before the All Ireland Semi decider.

St. Angela's were desperately unlucky not to force extra-time given the number of second half chances they produced but the tie was settled by

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