Rossa and Tir na nOg have to do it all again

Antrim Intermediate Championship Final:
Tír na nÓg 0-7 Rossa 0-7
NEITHER Rossa nor Tír na nÓg did themselves justice in this Antrim
Intermediate final in wet and slippery conditions in St Enda’s on
Saturday afternoon.
The exchanges were very tough and there was little open play after the
first ten minutes during which Tír na nÓg threatened much, but could not
deliver enough scores. After that Rossa got to grips with Aine Devlin,
Emily Falloon and the bursts of Cameron McGaughey from defence.

At the other end of the field, Rossa found it very difficult to make any
headway against the Randalstown defence and there was not one clear cut
goal chance created over the hour – by either team.
That was not to say that the game was not intense and closely contested.
It certainly was and there were few loose balls over the hour.
However this game developed into a contest between the free-takers. Áine
Devlin never missed one within range over the hour and added two points
from play, book-ending the opening half.
On the other hand Rossa had a mixed bag from placed balls and tried
three different free-takers. In a closely-contested game of this nature
those couple of wides looked to be costly as Tír na nÓg edged ahead
during the third quarter.

However the Shaws’ Road girls eventually got the equaliser a few minutes
from time when Orla McCall’s 45 seemed to be drifting wide but was kept
in play. Natalie McGuinness was bottled up, but got the sliotar released
to Mairiosa McGourty who clipped it over the bar.
So a replay next Saturday, hopefully in drier conditions and the
opportunity for both to show their true potential.
Rossa : Michaela Press, Niamh Semple, Caoimhe Wylie, Clodagh McMenamin,
Bronagh Orchin, Muírín Quinn, Orlagh McCall, Caoimhe McNeice, Riona
Matthew, Grace Shannon, Natalie McGuiness 0-4 frees, Eimear Byrne, Sarah
Armstrong 0-1, Caragh Shannon, Máiríosa McGourty 0-2, 0-1 free.
Subs : Eimear Matthews for G Shannon, Nicole Killen for R Matthew.
Tír na nÓg : Aimee McAtamney, Bronagh Devlin, Aine Mooney, Caitlin
Martin, Emma Louise McAreavey, Orla O‘Neill, Cameron McGaughey, Shauna
O’Neill, Caitlin McGaughey, Michaela Hegarty, Carla O‘Neill, Aine Devlin
0-7, 0-5 frees, Hannah Crilly, Emily Faloon, Niamh Martin
Subs : Caoimhe Bicknell for Cameron McGaughey
Referee Darren Mullan

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