Republic of Ireland claim runners up spot in Bob Docherty Cup

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Inspiresport Bob Docherty Tournament: U15 Girls’ International

England secure Bob Docherty title


Press Release: Monday, April 4, 2016


Republic of Ireland 0-1 England

Holly Manders (38)


INSPIRESPORT Bob Docherty Cup was settled by the narrowest of margins at Dragon Park this afternoon.


A well-rehearsed English move eight minutes into the second period saw Holly Manders come off the bench to smash an unstoppable volley crashing past Rachel Kelly in the Republic of Ireland goal. Manders finished off an excellent Sophie Quirk left wing cross which proved crucial in this crunch encounter.


England had settled comfortably into the game, putting Lorraine Counihan’s crew on the back foot. Stout defensive work limited the scoring opportunities but it required a full length save from Raheny student Rachel Kelly to keep out a powerful Lucy Egan header.


Dominican College starlet Lucia Lobato had to be at her composed best as half time saw the sides troop off scoreless


The Irish ladies picked up their performance in the second half particularly following the English breakthrough goal, playing the game further up the field and threatening  to find an equalizer. However a competent English defence dealt with anything the Irish could muster, clearing their lines with efficiency.


Despite the numerical advantage, England’s Lucy Johnson received a second yellow and subsequent red which marred the game a little for the Lionesses.  The English were well served by Captain Ellie Hack, Maya Le Tissier and Libby Smith.


The Republic of Ireland were unfortunate not to equalize at the death and had to settle for a third consecutive runners up spot in this competition.


Meghen Hengerer (Dominican College, Taylor’s Hill) scooped our Player of the Match accolade following a stunning performance at centre half.


In the earlier positional play-offs, Northern Ireland defeated Wales (‘01) 3-2 to finish their campaign with a victory. Scotland got the better of Wales (‘02) with a hat-trick from the talented Naomi Welch and a fourth from Michaela McAlonie to finish at 4-0 to last year’s Champions. 


REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Rachel Kelly, Eabha O’Mahony, Aoife Lynagh, Meghen Hengerer, Lucia Lobato, Isibéal Carolan, Louise Masterson, Tyler Toland, Leah McHugh, Alannah McEvoy, Amy Boyle Carr

SUBS: Sinead Donovan for McHugh (HT), Aisling Spillane for Masterson (35)

SUBS NOT USED: Maria O’Sullivan (GK), Rachel O’Regan, Zara Foley, Doireann Fahey, Jessica Ziu


REPUBLIC OF IRELAND:  Amy BOYLE CARR (St. Columba’s Comprehensive School, Glenties), Doireann FAHEY (Ardscoil Rathangan), Louise MASTERSON (Holy Family Community School, Rathcoole), Leah McHUGH (St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Foxford), Eabha O’MAHONY (Mount Mercy College, Cork), Isibéal CAROLAN (St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Rush), Aisling SPILLANE (The Kings Hospital, Palmerstown), Alannah McEVOY (Loreto Secondary School, Bray), Tyler TOLAND Vice Captain (Deele College, Raphoe), Meghen HENGERER, Lucia LOBATO, Aoife LYNAGH Captain (all Dominican College, Taylor’s Hill, Salthill), Maria O’SULLIVAN, Zara FOLEY (both Ballincollig Community School), Jessica ZIU (Larkin Community College), Sinéad DONOVAN (Claregalway Community School), Rachael KELLY (Manor House School, Raheny), Rachel O’REGAN (Carrigaline Community School)


MANAGEMENT STAFF: Lorraine COUNIHAN, Manager (Coláiste Mhuire, Buttevant), Maureen O’DONNELL, Assistant Manager (Deele College, Raphoe), Richard BERKELEY, Coach (Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh), David ROONEY, GK Coach, Angela KENNEALLY, Physio


ENGLAND: Olivia Clark, Charlotte Fleming, Lucy Johnson, Ellie Hack (Captain), Asmita Ale, Lucy Egan, Maya Le Tissier, Katie Robinson, Jodie Hutton Sophie Quirk, Libby Smith

SUBS USED: Holly Manders for Robinson (32), Claudi Zahui for Smith (63)

SUBS NOT USED: Rose Kite (GK), Megan Hunt, Chloe Ryan, Sinead Samarczuk


Bob Docherty Cup (U15 Girls’ International)

Newport Stadium & Dragon Park, Wales

Friday, April 1

Wales (02) 0-2 England, Newport Stadium, 4pm

Wales (01) 0-5 Republic of Ireland, Dragon Park, 6pm

Saturday, April 2

Republic of Ireland 3-1 Northern Ireland, Dragon Park, 2pm

Wales (02) 0-6 Scotland, Newport Stadium, 5pm

Sunday, April 3

Wales (01) 6-0 Northern Ireland, Dragon Park, 12 noon

Scotland 0-2 England, Dragon Park, 2pm

Monday, April 4

Wales (’02) 2-3 Northern Ireland, Newport Stadium, 11am

Wales (’01) 0-4 Scotland, Dragon Park, 11am

Republic of Ireland 0-1 England, Dragon Park, 11.30am


Bob Docherty Tournament – Roll of Honour






Republic of Ireland

Ballymena, Northern Ireland



Edinburgh, Scotland



Clare, Republic of Ireland


Republic of Ireland

Ballymena, Northern Ireland



Dumfries, Scotland


Republic of Ireland

Wrexham, Wales


Republic of Ireland

Salthill Devon, Galway



Belfast, Northern Ireland


Republic of Ireland

Glasgow, Scotland


Northern Ireland

Cardiff, Wales


Northern Ireland

AUL, Dublin



Shaws Bridge, Belfast



Repton School, Derbyshire



Toryglen, Glasgow



Dragon Park & Newport Stadium, Wales


Renamed Bob Docherty Cup


Republic of Ireland runners up in 2016, 2015 and 2014