McAnenly late point seals Cargin win

Bridini Oga 3-10 Cargin Camogie Club 3-11

Two late points by Katie McAnenly saw Cargin cause and upset as they beat Bridini Oga Glenravel in Saturday Antrim Intermediate Camogie Championship at Fr Maginn Park. The Toome girls were really up for this game and they took the early initiative with points from Katie McAnenly and Sinéad Laverty, followed by a goal from Catherine McFadden.

The Toome side took control around the middle with Laverty and Cathy Carey dominating at midfield and Maria O’Neill on a lot of ball at centre-half. The home team struggled to get ball up to their forward line, but eventually they got a break when a free from Eimhear McAleenan came back off a post and Victoria Edgar was on hand to force the sliotar over the line. McAleenan then pointed two frees and the teams were level at the water-break.

Another free on the re-start put the home side briefly into the lead but Katie McAnenly responded with a free before Bronagh Laverty (from a free) and Laoise McKenna swopped points. However Cargin finished the half strongest with points from Cathy Mallon and Aileen McGoldrick, the latter score could well have been netted but for the bravery of Orla Donnelly.

The second half began with two goals and a point inside the opening three minutes. Glenravel’s Brónagh Laverty opened the scoring with a point, but Katie McAnenly then floated an excellent effort into the top corner. At the other end Eimhear McAleenan got on the end of a move and swept the sliotar to the net in reply. It was now 2-5 to 2-6 with the visitors edging the score-board.

Aileen McGoldrick and Cargin’s Bronagh Laverty stretched the gap to three before a penalty was awarded at either end of the pitch. Glenravel missed theirs, but Orla Donnelly rescued them with a good save from McAnenly.

Brídíní Óga then took the lead with sub Clodagh McPeake making a drive towards goal before off-loading across for Eimhear McAleenan eventually to hit the net. The same player added a free. The momentum seemed to be with the home side, but a goal from Catherine McFadden put Cargin ahead once more.

McAleenan responded with a point from a 45 to level the scores and then put the home side ahead. However there was a sting in the tail when Cargin forced a 45 which McAnenly converted. From the poc out, a bad bounce saw the sliotar go loose to be picked up by McAnenly and from 45 metres she floated over the winner.

The game was very evenly fought from start to finish and could really have gone either way. However Cargin battled hard to get the breaks and will go through to play Rossa in the semi-finals.

There was some consolation for the Glenravel club with their junior team travelling down to Gort na Móna later in the afternoon and coming away with a 4-10 to 4-4 victory that puts them through to a meeting with St Paul’s-Loch Mór.

All the goals came from the full-forward line of Eimear Butler (2), Niamh Donnelly and Eibhlin Gould.

Cargin: Maura Creelman, Caoimhe-Rose Johnston, Kate Laverty, Sarah O’Boyle, Eleanor Mallon, Maria O’Neill, Tanya O’Neill, Cathy Carey, Sinéad McBride 0-1, Sarah O’Neill, Bronagh Laverty 0-2 frees, Catherine McAnenly 1-4, 0-1 free, Catherine McFadden 1-1, Aileen McGoldrick 1-2, Gráinne McAtamney.

Subs : Niamh Donnelly for C-R Johnston, Colleen Traynor for B Laverty, Gracie McLaughlin for G McAtamney.

Referee: J McHenry (Ballycastle)

Brídíní Óga: Orla Donnelly, Erin Coulter, Maria McKenna, Aisling Donnelly, Caoimhe Duffin, Ellen Hynds, Maeve Mulholland, Brónagh Laverty 0-1, Kirsty Laverty, Eimhear McAleenan 2-7, 0-7 frees, Shauna Morrow, Laoise McKenna 0-1, Sarah Fyfe, Victoria Edgar 1-0, Molly Woulahan.

Sub: Clodagh McPeake for Shauna Morrow.

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