Manny’s Under 12 A League final
Brídíní Óga Glenravel 3-4 Dunloy 0-3
Brídíní Óga Glenravel won their first ever Antrim A grade camogie title on their home pitch on Saturday morning with a determined and skilful display of attacking camogie in an entertaining league play-off decider with Dunloy.
The finalists, along with Loughgiel, had finished on top of the league last month. Brídíní Óga were drawn in a semi-final with Loughgiel last week and that extra game – and victory – seemed to have given them the boost they needed for the Dunloy challenge.
They started the final the more determined team and were able to gain control before the break. Dunloy probably edged general play during the second half, but the Glenravel girls had a good cushion on the scoreboard and their defence, led by Maria McKenna, Brónagh Laverty and Rachael Coulter closed off the route to goal.
Glenravel’s midfielders grafted well throughout and up front Niamh McKay and Shauna McDonnell repeatedly troubled Dunloy’s defence.
Caoimhe Molloy was outstanding in that Dunloy defence, as was Katie Laverty in the half-back line. Further out the likes of Eimear McMullan and Tierasha Smyth had their moments but overall the ferocity of Glenravel’s tackling blunted Dunloy’s scoring threat and, on this occasion, they had to settle for second best.
Niamh McKay opened the scoring after 4 minutes with a nicely-taken point, but Katie Laverty responded with a similar score from a free at the other end.
Clodagh Kerr’s strike from 35 metres after 8 minutes opened a gap and her team had the momentum and skill to capitalise. Shauna McDonnell struck off her left side for a super point from distance a few minutes later and Niamh McKay fired over from a narrow angle soon after to open up a 1-3 to 0-1 lead.
The game really went out of the visitors’ reach a couple of minutes before the break when Niamh McKay jinxed her way through to crash a shot off the underside of the bar into the net.
Then a couple of minutes later she and Niamh Donnelly created the opening for Aimee Traynor to also find the net from close range.
Turning around 3-3 to 0-1 down at the break, Dunloy faced a tough challenge, but they were soon off the mark with Clodagh O’Kane shooting an excellent point.
However the Glenravel team was battling hard all over the pitch and their opponents didn’t get time to settle on the sliotar.
That meant that there were no further scores until 7 minutes from the end when Niamh McKay pointed a free she had won herself.
Dunloy had a few chances after that from frees. Caoimhe Molloy pointed one of them but goal attempts from the others were cleared and Brídíní Óga saw out the game to claim their first A grade title.
Brídíní Óga : Orla Donnelly, Bronagh Laverty, Rachel Coulter, Lauren McQuillan, Maria McKenna capt., Clodagh Kerr 1-1, Niamh Donnelly, Alisha McPeake, Shauna McDonnell 0-1, Maeve Mulholland, Niamh McKay 1-2, 0-1 free, Aimee Traynor 1-0.
Subs : Cassie McQuillan, Katie Fyfe, Katie McToal, Sinéad McKeown, Fionnuala Kerr, Orlaith Fyfe, Roisin Harkin, Ciara McCormick, Neeve Wilkinson, Miriam McClintock, Maggie Dillon.