Andersonstown Social Club Ladies Junior Football Final
Gort Na Mona 7-08 St.Joseph’s Glenavy 2-14
Photographs: Bert Trowlen
Report: Terry Cormican
Gort na Mona claimed the ladies Junior Football Championship title, hitting 7 goals in the process but were pushed all the way by a spirited St. Joseph’s Glenavy in a very entertaining final at Musgrave Park. The game was played at the home of St.Brigid’s and as usual everything was perfect for a good game except the weather. A continual downpour throughout the game made handling extremely difficult but to their credit both teams gave everything they had and with thirty one scores the large crowd present were kept entertained. The country side knew a tough game was ahead of them with their opponents scoring nine goals in the semi-final. Once again it was their ability to raise the green flag on seven occasions that got them over the line.
The Glenavy girls got off to a flyer with 1.04 on the score board before the city side got going. Bronagh Forester raised the first white flag from an acute angle and the impressive Ellen Morgan extended the lead with a point. Then we were entertained to the first of the nine goals when the ball reached the hard working Grainne McLaughlin from an Ellen Morgan pass and she finished with a fine goal. Once again Ellen Morgan split the posts to put her side seven up but the girls from the Monagh byepass were getting into their stride and only for a smart save from the alert Orlagh Mullen they would have found the net. Cora Morgan got the Gorts first score with an excellent point from thirty meters out and that score was quickly doubled when Alysa Davidson raise their second white flag.
Back came the orange women with a pointed free from Ellen Morgan and once again Grainne McLaughlin found her range with a point. Then we were treated to the Belfast’s side ability to score goals when first Cora Morgan found the net quickly followed by another from the impressive Blathin Ni Cathail to leave her side one adrift. The lively Grainne McLaughlin showed all her class when she split the posts and with the Hill side’s defence under severe pressure they eventfully buckled once again to two killer goals. First we had a well worked move finished to the net by Brogan Crossan and Elis Davidson added a point to see her side come from seven down to take a five point lead. The country girls showed they had still something to offer however when Bronagh Forester finished a team move with a point. Gort Na Mona finished the half on the attack and were rewarded with their fifth goal from the ever alert Ciara Maguire to leave the half time score Gort Na Mona 5.03 v 1.08 St.Joseph’s
Whatever positive thinking the Glenavy team manager gave his girls worked as they came out flying at the start of the second half and added a goal and four points without reply to bring themselves right back into the game with the scores level after eight minutes of the restart. The defence and midfield marked much tighter which deprived their opponents of the ball. Once again the hard work and running of Grainne McLaughlin was rewarded with two points from play and Ellen Morgan closed the gap with a goal and two points.
The Gorts began to claw their way back into the game and only for a fantastic block from Glenavy team Captain Cathy Scannell a certain goal was inevitable. Gort Na Mona were once again gaining control of the midfield area and the Belfast side put the game out of reach as they replied with two goals and four points.
Brogan Crossan found the net and points from Alysa Davidson and Blaithin Ne Cathail were quickly followed by a seventh goal from Ciara Maguire. Cora Morgan, Aisling, McCaffery and Brogan Crossan added three more points. Once again Grainne McLaughlin was on the score sheet with a point before Alyssa Davidson has the final Gort Na Mona score. The final point was from Grainne McLaughlin to leave the final score Gort Na Mona 7.08 v 2.14 St.Joseph’s.
I know I have mostly mentioned those who scored but it would be unfair to pick out anyone for playing well as all the players from both sides put in a hefty effort on a miserable evening. Glenavy were disappointed but the better team won on the night. The old saying goals win matches was right on the night.
Gort Na Mona: Ciara Thompson; Orla Lennon; Catlin Fryers; Kathleen Cournane; Grainne O;Hare; Carla Scannell; Gabriel Monaghan; Anna McCann; Jeyda Rooney; Brogan Crossan;; Alyssa Davidson Aisling McCaffery; Ciara Maguire; Cora Morgan; Blaithin Hall;
Panel: Aobhin Enright; Mia Gregory; Emiliy Crossan; Cliodhna Mulvenna; Catlin Fox; Jordan; Caomhe Delany; Tierna Ellie; Dyaihin Hall.
St.Joseph’s: Orlagh Mullin, Mary McStravick, Meabh Bradley, Michelle Gregory, Natasha O’Neill, Cathy Scannell, Orlaith McAllister, Eva Cafolla, Orla McLeod, Ana Mulholland, Grainne McLaughlin, Megan McGarry, Anna McStravick, Ellen Morgan; Bronagh Forester,
Panel: Orlagh McClinton, Maeve Hamill, Annie McCambridge, , Eve McCartney, Courteney Murray, Grainne Falloon; Geraldine McCann
Referee: Emma Kelly St.Paul’s