There was joy in the FAI Post-Primary School’s First Year National Futsal Finals for county Sligo as St Attracta’s Community School girls team from Tubbercurry swept up the honours in the Waterford IT Arena.
Last year, St. Attracta’s CS, Tubbercurry came desperately close to lifting the national trophy but were forced to settle for a runners-up spot. Perhaps motivated by their schoolmates, the Sligo girls entered the WIT Arena with great determination. They dominated in their opening game against Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles, Tipperary. Captaining the side, Jessica Casey put in a stellar goal-scoring performance in the 3-0 win.
The second game followed a similar script with Pixie O’Hara capturing the spotlight with a hat trick against Carndonagh Community School, Donegal. O’Hara was excellent throughout the day and took the prestigious Player of the Tournament award. Colaiste Chiarain, Leixlip kept pace with their Sligo rivals with a 2-1 win over Ursuline Secondary School. Two long range efforts from Ella Malone proved to be the difference for the Kildare side.
Going into the final game, three teams still had an opportunity of claiming the top prize. St. Attracta’s CS entered the game with the knowledge that a point would be sufficient for them to avenge the ghosts of 2017. Colaiste Chiarain needed victory over the Sligo side to pip them to the post whilst Carndonagh Community School were hoping St. Attracta’s CS would falter and force a three-way play-off between the sides. Carndonagh kept their end of the bargain with victory over Ursuline Secondary School, however St. Attracta’s CS would not be denied and won in great style against their Leinster opposition. Ciara Brennan opened the scoring with a superb scissor-kick and the captain, Jessica Casey, sealed victory with a finish direct from a corner.