U16 Camogie Championship
Dunloy 2-15 Cushendall 3-07
Having lost their opening group game by the narrowest margins away to Bridini Oga Dunloy U16’s registered a vital win that keeps their interests alive in the competition. Played in horrible conditions a late goal from Aine Magill created a 5-point lead which the home team wouldn’t surrender.
It’s a testament to both sides that 27 scores were registered over the hour in this game, despite the poor weather on the night, and a game that was thoroughly entertaining to observe.
Eimear McMullan opened the scoring in the match with a point in a half where both sets of defences were to the fore. Cushendall had the better of the chances near goal as they raised two green flags from corner forward Emmi Falls and points from Meabh Allen. A Tiershna Smyth goal and points from Katie Laverty and Caoimhe Molloy for the home side kept them in touch.
An extremely tight first half between the sides saw them go in level at the break 1-07 to 2-04.
The second half was just as frantic as the first had been as the battle for the ball was mostly in and around the middle of the park. Caitlin Crawford & Caoimhe Molloy were having a brilliant tussle with Caoimhe McNaughton & Ellen Leech. Both sets of girls were putting in a tremendous shift and involved in everything.
Despite the scoring of Caitlin Crawford, Erin Traynor & Eilish Kearns Cushendall wiped it all out with a hat trick goal from Emmi Falls.
Meabh Allen added a further point for Cushendall to open up a slender lead but Katie Laverty and Erin Traynor points made it a 1-point game. The home side were putting on the pressure but couldn’t find a way past Mary Mooney in nets. The Cushendall keeper made two superb point-blank saves to deny the home side. The pressure told with 4 mins left when substitute Aine Magill who fired into the net to make it a 4-point game.
Another point from Ellen Leech made it a 3-point game with Cushendall pushing up for another goal a long hopefull ball into the Dunloy box was finally cleared by Kirsty McFerran in nets. A final score by Aine Magill left it 5 points between the sides.
An entertaining game from two good young sides. It’s clear to see from all on show why Antrim have progressed so well at U16 grade and will contest this weekend All Ireland Final.
For Cushendall keeper Mary Mooney in nets had a great hour with Caoimhe O’Hare, Anna McNeill & Brigid Delargy defending really well in front of her.
Midfielders Caoimhe McNaughton & Ellen Leech went through a wealth of work. Up front Meabh Allen and 3 goal Emmi Falls provided the danger for Cushendall.
For Dunloy Kirsty McFerran had another good game and could do nothing about the goals that went past her. In front of her Orlagh Stewart, Sarah McIlhatton, Shannon Richmond & Eilish Kearns had good games.
The midfield pairing of Caitlin Crawford & Caoimhe Molloy had a fine hour and up-front Katie Laverty, Aine Magill and Eimear McMullan were the pick of the forwards.
K McFerran, M McMullan, O Stewart, A Johnston, S Richmond, E Kearns (0-02), S McIlhatton, C Crawford (0-01), C Molloy (0-03), E McMullan (0-01), C O’Kane, E Traynor (0-02), T Smyth (1-01), K Laverty (0-04), J Blaney – subs: A Magill (1-01) C McArthur, S Martin
M Mooney, O McKenna, O Mckeegan, C O Hara, J Cochrane, B Delargy, A McNeill, E Leech (0-3), Ca McNaughton (0-1), M Allen (0-2), M O Hara (0-1), A Delargy, C Conlon, G Black, E Falls (3-0)