Loughgiel come stong is second half

Antrim Under U16 Camogie Championship semi-final

Loughgiel 5-16 Cushendall 3-9

A strong second half performance saw Loughgiel book their place in the Antrim Under 16 Camogie Championship final at the expense of Cushendall in terrible weather conditions at Fr Healy Park last Monday evening. The Ruairi Og girls did well in the opening half and were just a point down at the break. They actually took the lead early in the second, but Loughgiel got on top as the game progressed and went on to win with a bit to spare.

Cushendall went five ahead at the start of the game with points from Sine Woodhouse and Monique O’Boyle and a goal from Naimh Graham before Brenda Heggarty opened the Loughgiel scoring with a goal in the sixth minute. Cushendall were still in charge though and hit five points through Orlaith McAlister, Naimh Graham (2) and Monique O’Boyle (2) to mover 10-4 ahead after just fifteen minutes but they failed to score again for the remainder of the opening half and the Shamrocks hit back with a Brenda Heggarty goal, three points from Orlagh Laverty and one from Cara Connolly to edge 2-5 to 1-7 in front at half time.

Orlagh Laverty pointed early in the second half for Loughgiel to put them two clear but Ellie Jo Butler grabbed a goal for Cushendall a minute later to put them back in front. Anna McKillop pointed to bring Loughgiel level before Orlagh Laverty got a goal to give  them a lead they would hold until the end. A couple of Naimh Graham points closed the gap to just one again with twenty minutes still to play but the Cushendall girls would only manage one more point for the remainder of the game as Loughgiel took control. A goal from Anna McKillen on 41 minutes started the Shamrock run for the finish line and points followed from Orlagh Laverty (2) Carline Sullivan, and Bernadine Heggarty. Moinque O’Boyle replied with a point for Cushendall in the 48th minute but that was as good it would get for the visitors as Loughgiel hit a further 1-4, the goal coming from Orlagh Laverty, to seal a final place.

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