Antrim U-14 Div 1B Final
Ahoghill step up to lift U14 title
4.10 to 3.01
A fine Sunday morning last on a pristine Cloney sod was made for a fine hour of camogie in the U14 1B Championship Final as the Ahoghill girls who had impressed on their route thus far played hosts to Creggan with their stiffest test of the season thus far.
The Cloney girls having gained their place in the decider with a fine victory over a talented St Paul’s combination up at the Shaw’s Road had impressed most watchers and a good attendance had made their way to the pinnacle of their season.
The sides were unfamiliar with each other since Ahoghill have been playing in Division 2A league but were asked to play in the higher competition, a challenge they duly accepted. Creggan, already contesting the higher division saw off Portglenone in the Semi final to face Ahoghill who defeated St Pauls in their Semi.
From the throw-in it was clear this would be a close game, Ahoghill got out of the blocks first registering a point but Creggan responded with a goal and at the water break it was all square at 0.3 to 1.0.
Ahoghill were putting on all the pressure but not converting their efforts and missed the target on too many occasions making life very difficult for themselves. Creggan broke free and efficiently found the net to give them a 1 point advantage at half time with the scoreboard sitting at 0.5 to 2.0.
The Reds had settled on the restart and added a pair of goals and points to match in the first five minutes of the 2nd half but Creggan broke down the strong Cloney mid field and half backs again, drawing the last line of defence out, they got a shot on target which was saved by the Ahoghill net minder but the Creggan full forwards’ quick reactions found the net with the re-bound and brought her side right back into the game at the 2nd water break with 3 points separating the sides.
However that would be Creggan’s last addition as Ahoghill made sure they weren’t leaving the pitch empty handed. Despite Creggan’s relentless efforts the girls in red were letting nothing beyond the halfway line and added a further 2 goals and 3 points to seal the deal and lift the 1B title
This was an excellent display of camogie from both teams and their skill and conduct was praised by referee Ryan O’Reilly which is testament to both Clubs, however there can only be one winner and the spoils go to the Cloney girls today.
Referee Ryan O’ Reilly (Con Magees)
St Mary’s Ahoghill
Sophie Horan, Una O’ Donnell, Cassie O’ Donnell, Caoimhe Scullion, Eabha Hardy, Niamh Graham, Orla Neeson, Enya Neeson, Aisling O’ Donnell, Mollie Horan, Grace Hardy, Maria Blaney, Aoibheann Mullan, Katie Mc Closkey, Aoife Walker
Sadhbh Cairns for A Walker (inj)
Niamh Mc Erlaine
Trea Donnelly, Alanna Hampsey, Ellen Mc Ginley, Rioghnach Murray, Aoife Colgan, Clodagh Wilson, Aoife Mc Bride, Cara Duffin, Cara Mc Nicholl, Orlaith Mc Ateer, Emma Bateson, Caoimhe Hampsey, Gabriella Sargent, Niamh Sargent, Roisin Maguire
Cara Mc Ateer
Aoibh Mc Eldowney
Rachel Mc Sorley