After reaching this years Ladies Junior B Football Final against neighbours Blessington the Lacken/Kilbride Ladies just came up short in the final but the extreme efforts they went to for the love of the game and of their club is something to behold as you will see in the Facebook post they put up which we have posted below:
The Lacken-Kilbride Ladies Football team posted the following statement on the clubs Facebook page:
STATEMENT FROM CLUB LADIES TEAM….
Yesterday just wasn’t to be for our girls and congratulations to Blessington on their deserved win.
As the year is now over, the girls want to thank the large number of people who have helped to make it such a positive and encouraging experience, all it was missing was its fairy-tale ending.
Firstly, we want to thank Conor McNamara for his efforts and devotion in managing the team all year. Conor brought so much care, passion and insight with him, we were lucky to have him; and him hailing from Corofin didn’t do us any harm either.
Thanks to Val Byrne and Una McLoughlin for their support and help, to Elaine Ward, Diarmuid Haughian, Jordan Lynch, Aisling Mahon, Katie Brannigan, Conor Ruadh, Áisling Hanrahan in St Brigid’s NS and our Committee in what was a very difficult year for them. John Ward Construction and Wyckham Builders for their generous sponsorship and support and to Mick Bealin for being such an accommodating host at all times. Thank you to our water carriers Asia O’Riordan, Emily Broe and Emily O’Reilly who did a brilliant job yesterday and to all of the people who have worked and kept the team afloat over the last number of years in very testing times; their past efforts are just as important as our current ones.
A massive and heartfelt thank you from all of the girls to all of the supporters who lined the fences in Valleymount yesterday. The noise from the crowd and the level of support was something that makes us feel like we had brought the community together for an hour and to us; that’s a win.
We want to thank our neighbours Blessington and Valleymount for the use of their pitches throughout the year. We may have been rivals on the pitch for 60 minutes yesterday but we appreciate and respect them in equal measure and look forward to our next battle.
Finally, the biggest thank you goes to the girls themselves for what they have achieved this year. Having folded just before championship last year we began in the early part of this year wondering would we even register the team competitively or just meet up socially to try and build something. 11 of the players who togged out in the county final yesterday had never in their lives kicked an O’Neills ball before they took part in our first training session in February 2019. The two pictures that accompany this post were taken only a few days ago at the girls’ final training session for the year. All teams will face challenges every year, this group of girls refused to let the biggest challenge of being without a pitch to train or play on hamper their efforts to prepare for yesterday’s match and every match before that. The first photo is of the field in Red Lane and the girls’ cars that they parked around the pitch with the lights on so they could train hard in the darkness of an October evening; the other photo is of Conor reading out the team to start on Sunday using the lights of one of the cars to see. As of yet these girls, and everyone else in the club, still have no pitch for the coming season. However; resilience, perseverance, heart, trust and friendship is what this group of girls have in bucket-loads and we cannot wait for 2020.
We would like to wish Lacken/Kilbride every success in 2020 and hopefully no obstacle big or small will stand in their way for success in 2020 as they look to grow the game in northwest Wicklow.