St. Killian’s and Loreto will have to do it again

Liatroim Fontenoys Cup semi-final

St Killian’s Garron Tower 1-11 Loreto Coleraine 2-8

ST COLM’S Draperstown will have to wait until the beginning of the week to find out their Liatroim Fontenoys Cup final opponents after Niamh Graham popped over an injury time 45 in Dunloy yesterday.

St Killian’s had won the group game between the two with something to spare, but they were lucky to survive with a draw after Loreto took the game to them from the throw-in and Eimear Maguire pointed three frees and a 45 for a 0-4 to 0-1 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Although St Killian’s scored a point in reply and then had a goal disallowed, Loreto were still setting the pace and points from Caitlin Kearney and Maguire had them 0-6 to 0-3 ahead going into the break.

Sine Woodhouse however dashed through for a goal for Garron Tower right on the whistle, but Loreto again started the second half the brighter of the teams and Orla Munroe cut in from the right wing to hit the net and put them 1-7 to 1-3 ahead.

Woodhouse replied immediately with a point and a few minutes later added a second point, but Loreto were coping well with the pressure, Lucy O’Kane and Mary Doran taking ball clear again and again, while Eimear Maguire added a point from a free.

However the St Killian’s pressure was paying off and points from Woodhouse, Aisling Mulholland and a 45 from Niamh Graham tied the teams with five minutes left.

Although Graham and Woodhouse edged the Tower ahead, from a scramble in the area at the other end, Emer Maguire forced the sliotar over the line. A St Killian’s chance then dropped wide, but they forced a 45 in the next attack and Niamh Graham stuck it over for a draw.

Graham and Woodhouse were the cutting edge of their attack while Lara Haughey worked hard at midfield and Abi McNeill in defence – but they simply could not get the play opened as they had in the group game and are probably fortunate to get a second bite at the cherry.

Loreto : Orla Mullan, Cara McLaughlin, Megan Coyle, Isobel Healy, Bronagh McGonigle, Lucy O’Kane, Colleen Heaney, Caitlin Kearney 0-1, Erin McKeever, Faye Roddy, Clodagh Moore, Orla Munro 1-0, Mary Doran, Cara Kearney, Eimear Maguire 1-7, 0-6 frees.

St Killian’s : Louise Mulholland, Rose Black, Oral Donnelly, Úna McAllister, Ellie Jo Butler, Abi McNeill, Catherine O’Boyle, Aisling Donnelly, Lára Haughey, Orlaith McAllister, Monique O’Boyle 0-1, Sine Woodhouse 1-4, Niamh Graham 0-5, 0-3 frees, Clodagh McPeake, Aisling Mulholland 0-1.

Sub : Cara O’Boyle

Referee : Vincent O’Boyle

Captains in the feature photograph with referee, Vincent Boyle are Orla Donnelly (St Killian’s) and Lucy O’Kane (Loreto)

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