Antrim Junior Camogie Championship – Saturday 16th October:
Brídíní Óga 2-10 St Paul’s-Loch Mór 0-7
An early goal from Eimear Butler settled the home side in this tough battle with St Paul’s /Loch Mór in Fr Maginn Park.
It certainly helped this young Brídíní Óga side that they had a game last week against Gort na Móna in the preliminary round and they were able to win individual battles throughout the field and use the sliotar up the wings to create scoring chances.
St Paul’s/Loch Mór also had several under 16s in their line out as they also build for the future, but it was the experienced players like Deirdre Vallely, Fionnghuala Rocks and the Reilly sisters who posed the bigger threat to Glenravel advancing.
The goal from Eimear Butler came after five minutes and after she and Cara McKevitt had swopped points. There were just two further points, both from frees, before the first water break and the difference between the teams was still that goal.
Although Niamh Donnelly pointed a second free on the re-start, the visitors closed the gap to a single point on a couple of occasions before a late flurry of scores from Megan Law and Niamh Donnelly (2) opened up a half-time lead of 1-7 to 0-6.
The Glenravel defence was superb during the second half and held St Paul’s scoreless until injury time when Fionnghuala Rocks pointed a free. Caitlin McKeown in goals brought off several good stops during that period to back up an excellent diving save she made towards the end of the first half.
At the other end, the St Paul’s defence worked very hard, but Brídíní Óga gradually moved up to a seven points’ gap with two frees from Niamh Donnelly and a breakaway point from Emily Sharpe.
Early in the last quarter, the game was put to bed when Eibhlin Gould floated across a shot from close to the score-board and it went all the way to nestle in the visitors’ net.
This game was a step up for the Glenravel youngsters from last week’s 4-10 to 4-4 win over Gort na Móna and they made it with a determined team performance led by the work-rate of the more experienced players. One fancies that they will need to take a further step up next weekend to overcome the winners from Loughgiel v Creggan, a game scheduled for tomorrow.
Brídíní Óga : Caitlin McKeown, Clare Emerson, Oonagh Ward, Ciara McCormick, Úna McAleenan, Aisling Mulholland, Leona Traynor, Erin McAleese capt, Toni Kerr, Emily Sharpe 0-1, Megan Law 0-1, Eimear Butler 1-1, Eibhlin Gould 1-0, Caitlin Law, Niamh Donnelly 0-7, 5 frees.
Subs: Jaime Woualahan for T Kerr, Alishia McPeake for E Sharpe, Annie Higgins for C Law, Ella Dixon for E Gould.
St Paul’s/Loch Mór: Aisling Caldwell, Méabh Martin, Deirdre Vallely, Sian Burke, Cliodhna Phillips, Fionnghuala Rocks 0-2 frees, Orlaith McKnight, Kerry McConville, Niamh Richie, Aoife Murray, Brónagh Reilly, Demille McShane, Cora Diver, Aisling Reilly 0-4, 3 frees, Cara McKevitt 0-1.
Subs: Aoibhinn Hand for S Burke, Rebecca McConville for C Diver, Brianna Skillen for D McShane.
Referee : Paul McSparran