Strong second half seals Junior Feis Cup for Bridíní Óga

Junior Feis Final:

Bridíní Óga 6-14 Creggan 4-4

HAVING come through a tough semi-final with Portglenone last week, Brídíní Óga Glenravel were expected to lift their first ever Feis na nGleann title when they met Creggan in Ahohgill tonight.

However at the halfway point they looked in a spot of bother when they turned around with just a three points’ lead having had the breeze behind them in the opening half. But goals during the third quarter from Caoimhe Duffin and Aimee Traynor opened a gap and Creggan, despite their best efforts, simply couldn’t close it.

Brídíní Óga made the early running and deservedly led by 0-4 to 0-1 after nine minutes with two frees from Caoimhe Duffin and singles from Aimee Traynor and Erin Coulter.

However things started to go wrong for them before the water break with Creggan creating room in the inside forward line. Rubymarie Rice and Susan McElwee found the net to edge them ahead 2-2 to 1-4, the Glenravel goal a rather fortunate score when Kirsty Laverty’s effort at a point came off the inside of the post and hit the net.

Creggan’s Ciara McCollum in action against Bridíní Óga’s Eimear McAleenan during the Junior Feis final in Ahoghill

Caoimhe Duffin levelled on the re-start from a 45 and then Sarah Fyfe came off the bench to fire home 1-1 and put them ahead at half-time by 2-6 to 2-3, Ciara McCollum frees keeping the southwest side in touch.

Glenravel got a break on the re-start with Aimee Traynor dashing through on goal. She lost her hurl though and her kicked effort fell nicely for Duffin to bat to the net. The same player then added two points from frees, there was another point from Laoise McKenna before Traynor broke through for her side’s fourth goal.

However Creggan fought back with a point from Mary Murray that could well have been a goal and then right on the second water break, Rubymarie Rice forced home her second goal.

It was now 4-9 to 3-4. Sarah Fyfe added two points on the re-start, but Ciara McCollum’s free from distance crept into the Glenravel net at the other end. That score stung the Glenravel girls into action and within a couple of minutes they had goals from Laoise McKenna and Aimee Traynor and the game was over.

Sarah Fyfe fires over a Bridíní Óga point.

Sub Sarah Fyfe won the plaudits for player of the match, but it could easily have gone to Kirsty Laverty or midfielder Laoise McKenna, while her sister Maria, young Erin Coulter and Ellen Hynds grew in stature as the game progressed.

Creggan put up some stubborn resistance over the hour with Megan Nelson, Aoife McAteer and Niamh McCloy the pick of the defenders. Rubymarie Rice carried a threat up front, but the support she had in the first half was curtailed by the Glenravel defence in the second and the winners were comfortable enough in the end.

Brídíní Óga : Emily Sharpe, Úna McAleenan, Maria McKenna, Aisling Donnelly, Kirsty Laverty 1-0, Ellen Hynds, Maeve Mulholland, Erin Coulter 0-1, Laoise McKenna 1-1, Eimhear McAleenan capt. 0-1 free, Shauna Morrow, Brónagh Laverty 0-1, Caoimhe Duffin 1-6, 6 frees, Victoria Edgar, Aimee Traynor 2-1.

Subs : Oonagh Ward for U McAleenan, Sarah Fyfe 1-3 for V Edgar, Niamh McKay for S Morrow, Erin McAleese for E Coulter, Clare Emerson for A Donnelly, Eibhlin Gould, Leona Traynor, Ciara McCormick, Clodagh McPeake, Aisling Mulholland, Jaime Woulahan, Molly Woulahan, Ashling Millar,

Creggan : Fiona Maguire, Emma McAuley, Megan Nelson, Niamh McCloy, Aoife McAteer, Ciara McAuley, Síle Murray, Ella McAteer, Mary Murray 0-1, Cáitríona McAteer, Ciara McCollum capt. 1-2 frees, Mya Quinn, Cerys O’Neill, Rubymarie Rice 2-1, Susan McElwee 1-0.

Subs: Megan Darragh for C McAteer, Maria Gately for S Murray, Hannah Gatley for C O’Neill, Rose Carey-Small for N McCloy.

Referee: Jerome McAllister (Dunloy)

Beaten finalists Creggan

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