Towers Under 16s raise Shield title

FULL-forward Kate Whelan tallied 2-5 in the Under 16 Football Division Two Shield Final as her Round Tower side ran out 4-8 to 3-7 winners against Skerries Harps in Moyle Park on Sunday.

After winning a title in their Féile year and capturing both the Division Four League and Division Three Championship crowns in 2018, Towers’ have continued to add silverware to their trophy cabinet.

Round Towers U16 Shield winners Saoire Ng Niamh McGrattan Catherine Skikun Siobhan Gleeson Emily O Brien Megan Denniffe Aoife Kelly Nora Aja

Round Tower Under 16s raised the Shield.

The Clondalkin side were rearing to go and came flying out of the blocks with Whelan finding the net twice and splitting the posts in quick succession – the best score of which came when she beat three players to rattle the net.

Skerries found their rhythm midway through the first half and by the interval they were 2-3 to 2-2 ahead.

Moving Megan Hoyte from wing-forward into full-forward after the break paid off for Towers after she found the net while Holly Gregg extended their lead with her side’s fourth goal.

A clearance from wing-back Niamh McGrattan was collected by Gregg, deployed at centre-forward, and she made a darting run towards goal to blast the ball into the top right corner.

With four-minutes left on the clock, Towers were eight-points to the good, but a goal and a point from Harps cut the deficit in half.

McGrattan led the backline as Skerries laid siege on their goal and a superb stop by goalkeeper Nora Aja prevented a sure-fire goal to keep their side in the lead by the final whistle.

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