An excellent John West Feile Peile na nOg was held the length and breadth of Ireland at the weekend with Antrim well represented and the teams who took part from the Saffron county did their clubs and county proud.
Topping the honours list were St. Ergnat’s who won the girls division 3 league for the second year in succession to bring the cup back to Moneyglass. In their opening game they defeated host club Trim, 3-6 to 3-0 and turned in an even more impressive performance as they defeated a strong Carrickmore 3-7 to 2-2 in their next game.
The team then moved on to Boardsmill where the host club again fell victim to this slick moving St. Ergnat’s side who were now running into their best form, the Antrim champions winning 7-9 to 0-1.
In the quarter-final Ballyshannon were expected to provide St. Ergnat’s with a stiff challenge but they had no answer to the Antrim girls who advanced to the semi-final on a scoreline of 1-11 to 1-3.
It was on then to St. Martin’s of Louth for the semi-final and a meeting with St. Ciaran’s of Offaly and the Offaly girls were put to the sword by the rampant Antrim champions, setting up another meeting with Carrickmore.
The Tyrone girls had recovered from that first round defeat to St. Ergnat’s to make their way to the final and were determined to avenge that defeat and they certainly pushed the Moneyglass girls all the way in an excellent final but it was last year’s champions who called on all their experience to run out winners 1-7 to 1-5.
To win Feile Peile na nOg once is a great experience but to go back to the coalface and retain that title is remarkable. They displayed a never-say-die attitude throughout the tournament and never panicked if they went behind.
St. Ergnat’s played some great football throughout the weekend. They had a panel of 28 players who never questioned the decisions of their mentors and after their success in 2017 they moved up to division 3 this year and swept aside all in front of them.
They stayed focused throughout and that’s why after winning the 2017 the girls went on to further success in 2018.
Our thanks to Elaine Kelly from Moneyglass who had a daughter on the winning St. Ergnat’s side in 2017 and 2018 and provided us with these excellent photographs and results throughout the weekend.