Antrim Camogie League Division 1
Mc Quillan’s Ballycastle 6.14 O’Donovan Rossa 1.8
Both teams got up and running within the first minute with a shot from Maeve Kelly finding its way to the net directly after winning possession from the throw in. Rossa’s Natalie McGuinness soon replied with a fine point from play having combined with Orlagh McCall and Bronagh Orchin to cut through the Ballycastle defence. Caoimhe Wright added the first of her four points from play before the Rossa girls edged closer with an Orlagh Mc Call free. However, another goal by Maeve Kelly was followed by points for Emma Laverty, Caoimhe Wright, Aine Donnelly and Maria Bakewell was only answered by 2 further points from frees by McCall to leave the Rossa girls with it all to do as the half time score read 3.6 to 0.4
Ballycastle started the second half exerting their dominance with scores by the O Neill twins, Niamh and Tara sending over 2.3 unanswered. Muirinn Quinn worked hard in defence and cleared a lot of ball out towards the midfield duo of Orchin and McCall who started running at the Ballycastle defence. Ballycastle and Antrim captain Niamh Donnelly, was solid in the half back line and was ably supported in behind by Bronagh McCaughan and Niamh Ann Donnelly preventing Natalie McGuinness and Mairosa McGourty from threatening the Ballycastle net. Caoimhe McNeice collected a great ball from the Rossa keeper and launched a ball in to Mc Gourty who made a clinical finish to the top corner to bring their tally for the evening to 1.8, before Balllycastle finished the game by adding 3 more points to end their scoring at 6.14.
Despite the score line, this was a very competitive game in every area with Rossa’s more experienced girls leading their charges. However, the Mc Quillan girls worked better as a unit, giving a great team performance and this is what paid dividends at the final whistle.
McQUILLAN’S: Danielle McMichael, Catherine McShane, Niamh A Donnelly, Niamh Doherty, Bronagh McCaughan, Niamh Donnelly, Maebh O Neill, Maeve Kelly (2.0), Emma Laverty (0.1), Niamh O Neill (1.2), Aine Donnelly (0.2), Aoife Toner, Tara O Neill (3.1), Maria Bakewell (0.1), Caoimhe Wright (1.7- 0.3 frees)
Subs: Bronagh McKeague , Caitie McCaughan
ROSSA: Lauren Slane, Aisling McCall, Dearbhla Lees, Holly Reid, Caoimhe McNeice, Muireann Quinn, Caoimhe Wyle, Bronagh Orchin, Orlagh McCall (0.6 frees), Natalie McGuinness (0.1), Michaela Press, Aisling Rois Breathnach, Hannah Savage, Ale Boyle, Maoiriosa McGourty (1.1- 0.1frees), Sarah Armstrong, Ciara McGlinchy