Antrim LGFA Junior B Championship Semi Final
Con Magees 3-11 St Galls 4-5
Sunday’s Junior B semi-final was a repeat of last year’s 1/4 final at the same venue. 12 months ago a last minute goal by St Galls saw them progress to the 2020 semi-final by the narrowest of margins and history almost repeated itself this year but this time a last minute goal by St Galls saw the sides draw level and heading to extra time.
In the opening half of normal time, St Galls started well with the Division 2 team raising a green flag within the first 5 minutes. This was not the start that their hosts and Division 3 opposition planned for. From then on however the home team, aided with a strengthening cross field wind, took control and attacked strongly, with St Galls finding it difficult to escape from their own half. That said corner back, Chloe McDonald and centre back, Kirsty Owens for the city girls were defending well & keeping the Glenravel girls at bay. By half time Glenravel’s inside forward line of Clodagh McPeake, Jaime Woulahan & Caoimhe Higgins, had scored all of their 2-6 & having doubled the 1-3 scored the city girls.
That 6 point gap was maintained for most of the second half until St Galls sprung Alex Burns from the bench with 10 mins to go. On the stroke of full time St Galls goaled to leave 3 between the teams. With time running out a wayward Glenravel free was intercepted on the St Galls 45 and with the last move of the game, the ball was somehow scrambled across the home goal line as Anthony Carleton called for time with the score line of Glenravel 2-10, St Galls 4-4.
Extra time beckoned and advantage and momentum swung towards the Milltown Row team, even more so as they won the toss and played with the breeze in the opening period of extra time. A massive effort by the Con Magees defenders in that period saw the home side hold their opponents scoreless and that was to be the winning of this tie. With the teams still level at half time in extra time, it was now over to Glenravel forwards to go out and win the game and with an Alishia McPeake point & Aisling Mulholland goal, there was again enough daylight between the teams despite an injury point by St Galls.
All in all this was an entertaining team. Glenravel may have thought they should have had the game won in normal time. A spirited comeback by St Galls almost saw the them into the final, though a strong extra time defensive display by the Glens girls was enough to see Con Magees through to their 3rd Junior B final in 4 years, having yet to get across the line. That is going to be another difficult task this year as in the final will be their near neighbours Oisins Glenariffe who had yet another impressive win in this year’s competition.
Con Magees: Caitlin McKeown, Cassie McQuillan, Emma Dillon, Clodagh McCann, Chloe McAuley, Caoimhe McKeown, Suzannah Brown, Aisling Donnelly, Dervla Donaghy, Aisling Mulholland, Caoimhe Duffin, Alishia McPeake, Caoimhe Higgins, Jaime Woulahan, Clodagh McPeake, Aisling Kerr, Bronagh McKay, Chantelle McLarnon, Clodagh McCusker, Fionnuala Kerr, Gemma McPeake, Anita McKeown, Keira O’Neill, Lucy Carey, Niamh O’Donnell, Roisin Mulholland, Sarah Fyfe, Una McAleenan, Annie Higgins, Caitlin Law, Emily Sharpe, Erin Coulter, Megan Law
St Galls: Erin McCarren, Chloe McDonald, Fiona Johnston, Orlaith Bradley, Ella Wilson, Kirsty Owens, Kerrie O’Hara, Brid Turley, Ciara McGlinchey, Naomi King, Hanna Loughran, Helen Ward, Fionnuala Haughey, Eimear Gallagher, Niamh O’Neill, Niamh McCloskey, Holly Bone, Caitriona Bradley, Alex Burns, Amy Browning, Lara McIvor, Cora Turley