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Marys’ U16 Girls go in search of glorious Ch’ship triumph

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Ardee St Marys Under 16 girls pose before their county final against Cooley. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley.
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This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

Working out of their base at Ardee St Marys’ Pairc Muire, the St Marys/St Mochtas Under 16 Girls combination don’t want for inspiration.

Their dressing room is adorned with a host of inspirational messages, the sort you see up and down Instagram feeds everywhere. It’s an island of encouragement, inspiration, motivation and spark. “If you have never seen failure, you have never seen success,” one reads.

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Another, in Marys traditional blue, reads “In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.” So far on their run to the Louth Ladies Under 16 Girls Championship final, the girls in blue haven’t let anyone down in that regard.

In their seven week, four game run to the final, they have seen off all comers to set up a final clash with Cooley Kickhams this Friday (7.30pm, Roche Emmets GFC). Under the tutelage of Ronan Shevlin, Aidan Mooney and John Jennnings, the girls from Mid-Louth enjoyed two wins from three in their league campaign earlier in the year, before the Clan na Gael/Brides Girls ended their league interest with a five point victory in June.

Their run to the Championship final has marked this group of girls out as something special though, and they’re now one game from glory. A final place is just rewards for a long slog of a season, underpinned by committment and hard work. Boot camp fitness camps began in late January with Mooney at the helm.

Speaking to ThisIsArdee.ie, manager Ronan Shevlin says Friday’s showpiece is the ultimate goal for this young team. “It has been a long 8 months for a very talented group of girls and they’ve reached the ultimate end of season goal for any GAA team in getting to their respective championship final.”

“The girls had a very strong league campaign earlier in the year, before they lost their league semi-final to the eventual Division 1 league winners Clan na Gael/St Brides. They’re always willing to learn and improve – and they’re a very, very committed group of girls.

“They picked themselves back up and dusted themselves off after all their holidays and Gaeltacht visits to refocus their efforts on putting their best foot forward for the A championship,” Shevlin continued. They did just that – seeing off Cooley, Clans/Brides and then local rivals Glyde Rangers/Westerns before comfortably overcoming Geraldines last week in what Shevlin considers a very “impressive” performance.

“On behalf of the management team, St Marys/St Mochtas Ladies committees and clubs, we cannot express how proud we are of this fantastic group of girls. We just hope and pray now that they get their just rewards for their unwavering commitment, efforts and hard work throughout the year,” the manager concluded.

Hard work is key. As one of those phrases daubed on the wall of their dressing room reads, “The harder the struggle, the more glorious the triumph.” St Marys Ladies currently have teams from Under 8 all the way up through the age groups including U10s, U12s, U14s and U16s.

Ardee St Marys/St Mochtas Under 16 Girls – Path to the Final

Wed 16th Aug 2017 U16 A Championship Round 1
St Marys/St Mochtas 3-11 Cooley Kickhams 2-9

Wed 23th Aug 2017 U16 A Championship Round 2
Clan Na Gael/St Brides 3-4 St Marys/St Mochtas 2-11

Wed 23th Aug 2017 U16 A Championship Round 2
Clan Na Gael/St Brides 3-4 St Marys/St Mochtas 2-11

Wed 6th Sep 2017 U16 A Championship Round 3
St Marys/St Mochtas 1-14 Glyde/Westerns 3-7

Sat 30th Sep 2017 U16 A Championship SF
St Marys/St Mochtas 3-9 Geraldines 1-1

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