Tir na nÓg book semi-final spot

Antrim Intermediate championship quarter-finals
Dunloy 0-4 Tír na nÓg 4-10
Cargin 7-14 Ballycastle 1-5
Loughgiel 9-16 Naomh Eoin Belfast 0-3

By Seamus McAleenan
TÍR na nÓg Randalstown will play Loughgiel and Cargin are through to meet Brídíní Óga Glenravel after last night’s three games in the Antrim Intermediate championship.
Tír na nÓg stuttered in the early minutes of their tie in Dunloy, conceding a point to Blanáid O’Kane and then a penalty which was well-struck by Aine Magill but saved and cleared by Ciara Devine.
Emily Falloon eventually settled her team with two fine points and from then until the break, Randalstown was the dominant team.
Niamh Martin nipped in for the first goal after ten minutes, Áine Devlin then added two more and coming into the break Aimee McAtamney forced a turn-over a few metres out and kicked over the line for an interval lead of 4-4 to 0-3.

Although McAtamney added two points within 60 seconds of the re-start, Dunloy’s defence contained them better during the second but they could not add to their interval total until Áine Magill pointed her third free a couple of minutes from time.
Cargin also scored four goals in the opening half to lead by 4-8 to 0-3 at the break against a weakened Ballycastle.
Katie McAuley scored the first in the seventh minute, with defender turned poached Eleanor Mallon getting the second at the midway point and Aileen McGoldrick (from a free) and Colleen Traynor making it four by the short whistle.
Traynor hit a double on the re-start to complete her hat-trick, with Aileen McGoldrick adding a seventh goal just after Aoife Toner had scored a goal for Ballycastle.
Meanwhile holders Loughgeil had a comfortable win over Naomh Eoin at Corrigan Park running in 5-8 to 0-1 before the break and adding 4-8 in the second half.
Under-age star Orla Laverty scored two goals in the opening half and then a hat-trick during the second for the Shamrocks.
Tír na nÓg: Aine Devlin 2-2, 0-1 free, Aimee McAtamney 1-2, Niamh Martin 1-1,Emily Falloon 0-3, 0-1 free, Bronagh Devlin 0-1, Emma Louise McAreavey 0-1.

Dunloy Áine Magill 0-3 frees, Blanáid O’Kane 0-1.
Cargin : Colleen Traynor 3-0, Aileen McGoldrick 2-6, Katie McAuley 1-8, Eleanor Mallon 1-0
Ballycastle: Aoife Toner 1-2, Caitlin Heggarty 0-2, Caoimhe O’Hara 0-1.
Loughgiel : Orla Laverty 5-2, Charley McCarry 2-6, Ciara Laverty 1-2, Katie Lynn 1-1, Anna Connolly 0-4, Ciara Dobbin 0-1, Meadhbh McCormick 0-1.
Naomh Eoin : Eimhear Costello 0-2 free, Siantelle Boyd 0-1

Championship semi-finals Thursday 22nd August at neutral venues (TBC):
Tír na nÓg v Loughgiel
Brídíní Óga Glenravel v Cargin

Shield semi-final
Dunloy v Naomh Eoin (toss for venue)

If Brídíní Óga Glenravel win v Cargin next Thursday, then Ballycastle go through to Shield final.
If Cargin beat Brídíní Óga Glenravel next Thursday then Brídíní Óga Glenravel v Ballycastle in Shield semi on Saturday 24th August or Sunday 25th August.

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