Under 16 A Camogie Championship
Brídíní Óga 3-15 Dunloy 5-7
By Seamus McAleenan
Had this game ended two minutes earlier in a draw, few would have complained. But the four minutes of injury time brought high drama and a win for last season’s beaten finalists Brídíní Óga. Firstly Caoimhe Molloy lofted over a 30 metre free to give Dunloy a 5-7 to 3-12 lead, only the third time that they had gone ahead in a really competitive championship tie. However a strong run and shot from Aimee Traynor resulted in a goal-mouth scramble at the other end and eventually a free that Beth McAuley pointed. From the poc-out Niamh Donnelly secured possession and put Brídíní Óga ahead with Shauna McDonnell adding another point soon after.
Over the hour Brídíní Óga were probably the better team – but only just as Dunloy hit crucial scores to come back from a 2 goals’ deficit at half time and then go ahead midway through the second half. However the home side showed resilience to respond each time and that fight in them eventually took them over the line. Brídíní Óga got off to a terrific start when a long ball over the full-back line was slid home by Clodagh Kerr. Aimee Traynor added a point, but Dunloy hit back to take the lead with a goal from Katie Laverty, only for Aimee Traynor to hand-pass her side’s second goal. With Alisha McPeake scoring a third goal before half-time the home side led by 3-4 to 1-4 at the break.
Although Dunloy hit back with a goal from Cassie McArthur on the re-start, Aimee Traynor pointed the poc out and the home team went 3-8 to 2-5 ahead before the visitors hit a good patch midway through the second half to go into the lead with 2-1, the goals scored by Eilish Kearns and Katie Laverty. Bronagh Laverty however levelled with a point, and Aimee Traynor (2) and Niamh Donnelly scored points to restore Glenravel’s lead entering the last five minutes. Then came a Dunloy goal from Cassie McArthur to level, their lead point from a Caoimhe Molly free and then the home side’s late, late show to rescue the win.
This was a superb effort from both sides on a night when the damp pitch made the flight of the sliotar very unpredictable. Although the home side conceded five goals their full back line performed very well. Further afield many of the team stepped up to the mark at different times – Aimee Traynor, Beth McAuley, Niamh Donnelly and Bronagh Laverty.
For Dunloy, Caoimhe Molloy and Katie Laverty were constant threats, while the introduction of Cassie McArthur gave them an extra scoring dimension. They were unlucky not to get anything from the game, the added time proving their downfall. However this is a round-robin championship and all is not lost. In the other tie tonight Ballycastle had a comfortable 8-10 to 2-7 win over Cushendall, who must face Brídíní Óga next Monday evening in Round 2, at the same time as competition favourites and holders Loughgiel take on Ballycastle.
Brídíní Óga : Orla Donnelly, Maria McKenna, Jaime Woulahan, Rachel Coulter, Hannah McCann, Shauna McDonnell 0-1, Maeve Mulholland, Bronagh Laverty 0-1, Beth McAuley 0-3, 0-2 frees, Niamh Donnelly 0-4, Molly Woulahan, Aimee Traynor 1-5, Cassie McQuillan, Clodagh Kerr 1-0, Alishia McPeake 1-1.
Subs : Ciara McCormick, Orlaith Fyfe, Fionnuala Kerr, Eibhlin Gould.
Dunloy : Kirsty McFerran, Majella McMullan, Brid Magill, Sarah McElhatton, Shannon Richmod, Eimer McMullan, Aimee Johnston, Caoimhe Molloy 0-5, Erin Traynor 0-1, Eilish Kearns 1-0, Katie Laverty 2-1, Aine Magill, Tiersa Smyth, Clodagh O’Kane, Kyra Doherty.
Subs : Cassie McArthur 2-0 for B Magill, Louise Doherty, Jessica Blaney, Rebekkah O’Neill, Saorla Martin, Caitlin Crawford.
Referee : Owen Elliott