Limerick duo star as Republic of Ireland U-15s claim Bob Docherty Cup

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Limerick duo star as Republic of Ireland U-15s claim Bob Docherty Cup

Aoibheann Clancy, of Kilbehenny, and Leah Hayes Coen, Scoil Mhuire agus Íde, Newcastle West, celebrate with their Republic of Ireland U-15 team mates following their Bob Docherty Cup win

TWO budding young Limerick teenagers played starring roles as the Republic of Ireland Schools U-15 soccer side claimed the prestigious Bob Docherty Cup.

A 2-1 victory over England in their final fixture at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown, on Monday, helped the Republic of Ireland claim the title for the first time in eight years.

The talented Aoibheann Clancy, from Kilbehenny, played a key role in the Ireland success which saw the side also record a 4-0 win over Scotland and a 5-0 success over Northern ireland ‘B’.

Clancy is a student at Presentation Secondary School, Thurles.

Highly rated goalkeeper Leah Hayes Coen, of Scoil Mhuire agus Íde, Newcastle West, kept a cleansheet in the Republic of Ireland’s impressive 5-0 win over Northern Ireland ‘B’ in their second fixture.

Hayes Coen was one of seven Limerick-based players included in the Munster squad for the FAI Schools U15 Girls’ Interprovincial Tournament as the AUL Complex, Clonshaugh, Dublin last November.

Newcastle West AFC player Hayes Coen was also part of the Limerick Desmond U-14 squad which competed in the Gaynor Cup at UL last summer.

The Republic of Ireland U15 Girls side had a sensational season under head coach Richard Berkeley at the helm. The 18 players selected, including the Limerick duo of Clancy and Hayes-Coen, were exceptional.

The team conceded only one goal throughout their competitive outings. This came in their 2-1 victory over Northern Ireland in their February friendly in Dublin followed up a month later with a 3-0 win away to England in the John Read Trophy in Stafford.