Cushendall and Dunloy will meet in the U16 Camogie final

Antrim Under 16 Camogie Championship semi-final

Cushendall 5-8 Ballycastle 1-8

Cushendall booked their place in the final of the Uner 16 Camogie Championship when they beat Ballycastele by 5-8 to 1-8 in Monday night’s semi-final in Cushendall.

A scoring burst by Cushendall in the first ten minutes which included goals from Monique O’Boyle and Ellie Joe Butler, plus points from O’Boyle and Sine Woodhouse, more or less took the game away from Ballycastle.

Ballycastle came back with three points in a row from Eibhlin McIntosh, Lauren McBride and Erin McFetridge, but despite keeping Cushendall scoreless for seventeen minutes their efforts were all undone when the home side finished as strongly as they started as Monique O’Boyle, Sine Woodhouse and Lara Haughey all added points before O’Boyle grabbed her second goal to give them a 3-6 to 0-3 half time lead.

That lead was increased after the restart when O’Boyle completed her hat-trick of goals and Niamh Graham got her team’s fifth inside the first three minutes. Ballycastle then had their best spell of the game when Aoibhean Donnelly got two points, plus a goal from a penalty, and when Erin McFetridge added another point on 51 minutes there was a glimmer of hope. However the gap was too big and though they finished with further points from Faye McIntosh and Aoibhean Donnelly Cushendall were already through to a final meeting with Dunloy.

Dunloy 7-15 Loughgiel 1-9

Dunloy won their way through to the final when they had a big win over Loughgiel in the second semi-final. Loughgiel grabbed an early goal but once they got going there was no stopping this Dunloy side. Cassie McArthur, who was making her return after a spell on the sideline through injury, ran riot scoring 6-06 while her cousin Bronach Magill got 1-3.

For more pics from the Cushendall v Ballycastle game see Sean Paul McKillop’s post on Facebook

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