St. Ergnat’s advance to semi-final

Ulster Ladies Football club championship

St. Ergnat’s 3-12 Armagh Harps 3-6

Moneyglass ladies advance to the semi-final of the Ulster senior club championship after a superb win over Armagh Harps at Marion Hill on Sunday.

St. Ergnat’s went into this match as the underdogs and had nothing to lose. Their tails were up after lifting the Antrim senior championship two weeks ago in style so the Marion hill ladies and their management were quietly confident. 

Moneyglass haver blended experience with their emerging youth over the last two years and it has proved a successful formula and the appointment of Odhran McNeilly as manager

has seen the girls step it up a notch and they took control of this game from early on.

Moneyglass dominated the opening exchanges as they took the game to the visitors from the throw in, spurred on by big home support who got right behind their side from the first whistle.

Orla Prenter pointed the home side ahead after three minutes and Cathy Carey added a couple of pointed frees to put them three in front by the 10th minute.

Kelly Mallon finally got the Harps off the mark from a free in the 11th minute but they were struggling to deal with the intensity of the St. Ergnat’s girls who responded positively with points from Cathy Carey, Orla Prenter and Bronagh Devlin and when Maria O’Neill got in for the game’s opening goal it looked a long way back for the Armagh girls.

The Moneyglass pressure continued and Orla Prenter added another point before Emily Druse gave the visitors some hope when she fired past Anna McCann for a Harps goal in the 23d minute.

It provided only temporary respite however as the St. Ergnat’s came back strongly with Orla Prenter continuing to show unerring accuracy as she fired over two points and Bronagh Devlin added another before Armagh Harps best player, Emily Druse responded with a late point for her side but as the half time whistle sounded it looked a long way back for the Armagh girls.

Druse had been Armagh Harps outstanding performer in the opening half and she was doing all in her power to get her side going and when she pointed in the 5th minute of the second half and followed immediately with a goal the Moneyglass lead had been reduced to four and suddenly we had a game on our hands.

The home side failed to panic however as they came roaring back with a goal of their own and it was the elusive Orla Prenter who got through to raise the green flag. After this it was the Moneyglass defence who stamped their authority on the game as the Harps pushed forward in an effort to get something from the game.

Kelly Mallon led the Armagh challenge and the number 14 added a goal and four points in the run in but Orla Prenter’s second goal in the 38th minute and points from Bronagh Devlin and the hard working Cathy Carey ensured that there would be no way back for the Armagh champions.

Moneyglass now entertain favourites Bredagh of Down in next week’s semi-final and on this performance will be quietly confident of beating the Down champions.

Moneyglass: Anna McCann, Aoife Kelly, Emma Louise McAreavy, Saoirse McErlain, Sarah O’Neill, Rebecca Bradley, Niamh McIntosh, Laura McCann, Cathy Carey, Cliona Griffin, Maria O’Neill, Aine Devlin, Deirbhle McNicholl, Bronagh Devlin, Orlaith Prtenter 

Armagh Harps: 1 Paula Enright, 2 Jessica Hamill, 3 Tanya Savage, 4 Cailin Duffy, 5 Ciara Rath, 6 Sinead Faloon, 7 Leah McGoldrick, 8 Emily Druse, 9 Fionnula McKenna, 10 Siobhan Feeney, 11 Aoife Lennon, 12 Tanya McVeigh, 13 Eimear O’Kane, 14 Kelly Mallon, 15 Megan McShane

Referee: Jude Dixon

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