Ulster LGFA Minor Football Championship (semi-final)
St Ergnat’s Moneyglass (Antrim) 3-03 Bredagh (Down) 7-12
Photographs: Elaine Kelly
A brave Moneyglass lost out to a hugely impressive Bredagh in this Ulster Minor ladies club semi-final at Cloney on Sunday.
The St Ergnat’s girls, having defeated Monaghan representatives Donaghmoyne entered this one with high hopes but in the event they found the Mourne county representatives too hot to handle.
Bredagh, settled well on their first visit to Cloney and a couple of early points by centre forward Anna O’ Keefe and another from Anna McKee saw them off to a flying start.
Anna Mc Kee confidently stroked the leather between the posts in the 5th minute following an indiscretion on wing half forward Niamh Edgar to make it 0-03 to 0-00 as the Down champions controlled the opening exchanges.
Moneyglass were in need of a score to calm the nerves and opened their account when Niamh McKeefrey despatched between the posts in the 7th minute but their lack of experience was more than evident as those in blue and gold struggled to gain composure.
Such was not the case with Bredagh who were quick to capitalise on unforced errors and they added a point through Anna McKee who then strode confidently forward to despatch a spot kick in the 11th minute to the back of the net to see her side move 1-04 to 0-01 clear.
A good exchange involving Sarah O’ Neill and Aoife Kelly opened the way for Niamh Martin to add a Moneyglass point in the 13th minute but the Down girls made a positive reply.
Bredagh moved forward with purpose as Lily Mc Kee added an 18th minute point before following with a goal.
The Antrim girls were coming under pressure and making further concession as Fiona Dolan added a 20th minute goal before tacking on a point and the visitors were in complete control at this stage of the contest.
As the game moved into the last five minutes of the half St. Ergnat’s were rewarded for their honest endeavours as Maria O’ Neill grabbed an eye catching 26th minute goal but the Mourne side were quick to reply and goals from Lily McKee and Anna McKee ensured a 5-07 to 1-02 lead at the break.
Moneyglass started the second half in search of early scores and when Aoife Kelly sped down the right hand side to fire into the corner of the net it was the start the Antrim girls required.
Bredagh replied through the impressive Anna McKee who raised back to back white flags but a 37th minute Molly Higgins goal saw Moneyglass further reduce the deficit.
Aoife Kelly followed with a 43rd minute point and the Antrim champions seemed to have settled to the task on hand.
In the event this was as close as the St Ergnat’s girls got however as Bredagh went on to dominate the remainder of the game.
Fiona Dolan scored a 47th minute point before Anna McKee completed her hat trick with a 54th minute goal and a point to follow.
Bredagh ran out convincing winners with an Anna O’ Keefe goal in the 29th minute to see her side conclude 7-12 to 3-03 winners and into a place in the Provincial final.
Moneyglass: Emily Mc Coy, Jude Mc Coy, Saoirse Mc Erlain, Erin Duffin, Sarah O’ Neill, Cliona Griffin, Katie Scullin, Emma Mc Areavey, Aoife Kelly (1-01), Ciara Scullin, Maria O’ Neill (1-00), Mollie Higgins (1-00), Niamh Martin (0-01), Niamh Mc Keefrey (0-01), Ciara O’ Boyle
Caoimhe Mc Erlain for Ciara O’ Boyle
Molly Dixon for Katie Scullin
Niamh Neeson for Cliona Griffin
Bredagh: Sian Curran, Maeve O’ Keefe, Aobhinn Brentall, Eireann Gallen, Grainne Sweeney, Orna Kelly, Eve Elliot, Aoife Mc Camphill, Orlaigh Blayney, Niamh Edgar, Anna O’ Keefe (1-02), Caitlin Cunningham, Fiona Dolan (2-02), Anna Mc Kee (3-06), Lily Mc Kee (2-02)
Grace Cunningham for E Elliot
Caoimhe Duffy for N Edgar
Orlaith Mc Laughlin for L Mc Kee
Maebh Kelly for F Dolan
Referee C Lennon (Ard Macha)