Wee Saffs beat Galway to book final place

All Ireland Under 16 B Camogie Championship

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The Antrim team who beat Galway in Sunday’s Under 16 All Ireland semi-final in Cavan

Antrim 2-15 Galway 3-10

A late scoring burst of three unanswered points by the Antrim girls saw them come from behind to beat Galway 2.15 to 3.10 and progress into the All Ireland U16 Camogie Championship final.

On Sunday past Antrim U16 camogs travelled to Moneylane in Co.Cavan to play a previously unbeaten Galway team for an opportunity to progress to the All-Ireland Final. Antrim made two changes to the previous week`s team with Dunloys Caitlin Crawford returning from injury to start at wing half back and Cushendalls Maeve Allen starting at top of the left. Playing into the pavilion end Antrim scored within seconds of the throw in with Roisin McCormick pointing with Antrim`s first possession. Galway responded with a couple of points on their own but Antrim then started to get to grips with the Tribeswomen and had further scores from McCormick and a fine score from Molly Woulahan. McCormick then soloed in for a goal but Galway were always a treat especially centre forward Aine Keane who then evaded her marker to play in Orla Whyte for Galway to raise a green flag of their own. McCormick responded with 3 more points but Galway had a sting in their tail when then scored another goal to take a 1 point lead going into the interval break.

The second half played out much like the first with the two sides exchanging points and then Keane and McCormick exchanging goals for the two sides. With 5 minutes to go Galway once more took the lead by a single score and one wondered was this the end for this gallant Antrim team. Well as previously with this team when the backs were against the wall, the response was positive, with three excellent long range points from McCormick, Caoimhe McNaughton and Maura Downey.

The elation at the end showed how much it meant to the girls and the noisy group of supporters who travelled to watch the game. Once more an excellent hour’s camogie with 2.12 scored from open play. The final is set for Sunday 27th August with Laois providing the opposition, who progressed from the other semi-final on 1.08 to 1.05 score line.

ANTRIM

Kirsty McFerran, Megan McGarry, Eilis Kearns, Emma McAreavey, Aoife O`Mullan, Fionnuala Toner, Caitlin Crawford, Roisin McCormick (2.11), Caoimhe McNaughton (0.01), Maura Downey (0.02), Maeve Kelly, Carla McGarry, Maeve Allen, (Enya McShane 45min) Molly Woulahan 0.01 (Katie Laverty 25 min), Aine Graham (Mary McKillen ht), Laura McAleese, Orla Carey, Aimee Johnson, Cliodhan Maire McStravick, Eimear McMullan, Erin Traynor, Gemma Black

 

 

 

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