Late first half goals put St. Ergnat’s in control

Ladies Intermediate Football Championship final

St. Ergnat’s Moneyglass 6-12 St. Brigid’s 4-8

Pics by Bert Trowlen

St. Ergnat’s Moneyglass claimed the Intermediate Football Championship title at the first time of asking when they proved too strong in the end for a battling St. Brigid’s at Davitt’s Park on Sunday.

The Musgrave Park side more than held their own during the opening half and appeared to be heading into the break on level terms but goals from Cliona Griffin in the 28th minute and a second from Maria O’Neill on the stroke of half time turned the contest decisively in favour of Moneyglass.

A quick start from St. Brigid’s seemed to stun the former senior side and it took them a bit of time to settle down and get their game together. St. Brigid’s showed scant regard for the reputation of the opposition with the exchanges fast and furious during the opening quarter and took the game to their opponents at every opportunity.

Moneyglass took a time to settle but when they did they began to take control with Bronagh Devlin looking dangerous in attack. Theresa Mellon had a great game at mid-field for St. Brigid’s and her first half contribution of 1-2 kept her side in contention.

The Musgrave Park side took an early lead with goals from Connie Hawkes and Teresa Mellon putting them in control and they added point through Theresa Mellon 0-2, Mary Mitchell and Abi Carelton before being rocked back on their heels by two late Moneyglass goals.

St. Ergnat’s began to find their feet and went on to lead 3-7 to 2-4 at the break with their goals coming from Bronagh Devlin, Cliona Griffin and  Maria O’Neill and Cathy Carey 0-3, Bronagh Devlin 0-2, Aine Devlin and Laura McCann their point scorers.

 The South West side began to take control in the second half with Bronágh Devlin and Cathy Carey on fire. Maria O’Neill, Bronagh Devlin and Niamh McKeefrey added second half goals while St. Brigid’s responded with goals from Abi Carlton and Aileen McDonnell but they were never able to close the gap.

St. Brigid’s never gave up with Abi Carlton busting a gut to keep her side in contention while  Mary Mitchell was causing problems for Moneyglass around the middle of the field.

Moneyglass’ good mix of youth and experience began to turn the screw however to run out convincing winners in the end and the mix seems to be working and the management of Odhran McNeilly and Annemarie McCormick deserve a lot of credit.

St. Brigid’s had a superb keeper in Colleen Quinn who made a number of excellent saves over the hour while Ciara Austin was another to impress and they will have benefited from the experience and they have a number of excellent youngsters in their lineout with Aileen O’Donnell catching the eye when introduced.

In the end the greater experience and knowhow of the St. Ergnat’s girls won the day and a big crowd were there to welcome their heroes back to Marrian Hill last night.

Moneyglass: Anna McCann, Christine Webb, Geri Campbell, Terri Duffin, Sarah O’Neill,Rebecca Bradley, Danielle Duffin, Emma Louise McAreavey, Cathy Carey (0-6) , Eleanor Mallon, Maria O Neill (2-0), Cliona Griffin (1-0), Bronagh Devlin (2-4), Laura McCann (0-1), Aine Devlin (0-1), 16.  Aoife Kelly, 17.  Alicia McAuley, 18.  Sarah McCann, 19. Niamh Martin, 20.  Niamh McKeefry, 21.  Saoirse McErlain, 22.  Dan Connolly

St Brigids: Colleen Quinn, Aisling Carson, Caoimhe Carroll, Claire Donnelly,  Maeve Blaney,  Sarah McGuckian, Danielle Hargan, Mary Mitchell (0-1),  Ciara Austin, Theresa Mellon (1-3), Julie Curran, Lisa McCann, Abi Carlton (1-3),  Connie Hawkes (1-0), Whonita Hagan.16. Aine McCann, 17. Aileen McDonnell (1-1), 18. Alison Healy, 19. Anna Moore, 20. Beth Courtney, 21. Daire Smyth, 22. Eimhear Currie, 23. Emma Magee, 24. Enya Boyce, 25. Kristina Cunningham, 26. Laura Agnew, 27. Lenice McAleer, 28. Orlaith Lynch, 29. Rebecca Doyle, 30. Sorcha McGarvey,

Referee: Ray Matthews

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