McKillop leads Shamrocks to Feis Final

U16 Feis Camogie

Semi-Final

Dunloy 3-4 Loughgiel 5-9

Monday August 30

Brendan McTaggart reports from Pearse Park, Dunloy

A strong second half performance from Loughgiel ensured they would face Cushendall in the Feis Final as they saw off a determined Dunloy at Pearse Park.  Two points separated the sides at the interval but a brilliant performance from Anna McKillop throughout helped the Shamrocks to an 11 point win.  The Loughgiel forward finished the match with an impressive tally of 2-6 with just three points from placed ball as she proved to be too hot for the home side to handle.

The score board didn’t do the efforts of the young Cuchullains justice however with three Loughgiel goals coming in the last 10 minutes.  The Shamrocks were more clinical in attack and punished the Cuchullains at every opportunity.

Loughgiel made a bright start and despite an early free from Eobha McAllister for the Cuchullains, Caela Dobbin’s goal in the seventh minute gave the Shamrocks a three point lead.

Carragh Boyle and Anna McKillop swapped scores just before the first water break to leave Loughgiel ahead by five points.  Both sides had further goal opportunities in that opening quarter but Eimear McGivern and Orlagh McGilligan were performing heroics between the sticks for their sides.

Dunloy upped their intensity in the second quarter with Hannah O’Neill tormentor-in-chief.  She had already cut the Loughgiel lead to four points before scoring the first goal of the match for the home side.  Mary McArthur creating the chance with a strong, powerful run and a rasping drive that brought the best out of McGivern in goals for Loughgiel but O’Neill was first to the rebound and pulled first time to the back of the net.

Anna McKillop took her tally to 1-4 to open a two point lead again for the Shamrocks but Dunloy responded with their second goal.  A brilliant drive from Erin McMullan to the roof of the net, giving the Cuchullains the lead.

The lead was short lived however with Anna McKillop scoring Loughgiel’s second goal.  Marie Laverty with the assist and McKillop with the expert finish.

Dunloy continued to push forward and had all the momentum in the time that remained in the first half but they found McGivern and the woodwork there to deny them a further goal with Niamh Guiney and Erin McMullan both coming close.

The second half came at the right time for the Shamrocks and Caela Dobbin added to her earlier goal with a fine point to open the scoring after the restart but Dunloy found the back of the net again.  This time Mary McArthur with the finish to bring the sides level as the Cuchullains looked to build on their first half surge.

The Shamrocks began to take control however.  They restricted the Cuchullains to just one more point in the time that remained and they were at their clinical best at the other end of the pitch.  Anna McKillop’s second goal of the match preceded majors from Erin McGrath and Ciara Connelly as the Shamrocks booked their place in Friday’s final.

TEAMS

Dunloy: Orlagh McGilligan; Tierna Martin, Sarah Louise Kearns, Caragh Cochrane; Lucy McQuillan, Erin Kelly, Leah McGarry; Eobha McAllister, Micha Cunning; Hannah O’Neill, Kirsty McAuley, Erin McMullan; Niamh Guiney, Mary McArthur, Carragh Boyle

Scorers: Hannah O’Neill 1-1; Erin McMullan 1-00; Mary McArthur 1-00; Eobha McAllister 0-2 (2f); Carragh Boyle 0-1

Loughgiel: Eimear McGivern; Anya Connelly, Erin Connelly, Aoife McMullan; Zoe Cassley, Anna McKillen, Clodha McNulty; Alanna McKendry, Shanna Deary; Caela Dobbin, Anna McKillop, Eimear McKinley; Erin McGrath, Ciara Connelly, Marie Laverty

Scorers: Anna McKillop 2-6 (3f); Ciara Connelly 1-1; Caela Dobbin 1-1; Erin McGrath 1-1; Eimear McKinley 0-1

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