Late rally comes too late for St. Joseph’s girls

Ulster Ladies Junior Football Championship

St.Joseph’s Glenavy 2.13 v 3.12 St. Peter’s Lurgan

Saturday 29/10/21 @ Glenavy

This Ulster ladies junior championship served up an exciting game for the large crowd that was present at Chapel Hill and the pitch was in excellent condition for the game thanks to the hard working grounds men. The game was played in a very good spirit thanks to two teams who wanted to play football with St.Peter’s getting off to an excellent start going into a lead of 2.2 v 0.01 after eight minutes.

From the throw-in the visitors were first on the attack with Kate Coran splitting the posts but Ana Mullholland showed that the home team meant business when she replied with a point. The Lurgan girls were back on the attack adding 2.01 without reply. Emer McCormick finished a good move with a well taken goal and Sarah Morgan scored an excellent point from an acute angle. The visitors were on top and Kate Corvan was alert as she took a pass and gave the home keeper no chance.

The home side responded well with a well-rehearsed move getting the ball to Ellen Morgan and she split the posts. St. Joseph’s responded and Ana Mullholland was alert and finished well with the net bulging, leaving the score St.Peter’s 2.02 v 1.02 St.Joseph’s as the referee blew for the first break.

We then were treatedto an onslaughtfrom the visitors as they added four unanswered points. First Emma Keegan ran onto a pass and her shot just sailed over the bar and Kate Corvan added to her tally as the white flag was raised. Emer McCormick once again got her name on the score sheet when she added to her tally and Bronagh Brady got in on the scoring when she finished well to raise the white flag leaving the score 2.6 to 1.02.

The home sided finished the half with a flourish of scores from the energetic Ellen Morgan who once again showed her class with a well taken point. County player Grainne McLaughlin, who had been tightly marked replied when she split the uprights but Laureen Magee finished a good move to extend the visitors lead with an excellent point. Megan McGarry pulled a point back for the Chapel Hill girls and Ellen Morgan showed her versatility when she pointed from play and two free. The home side were beginning to gain a foothold and Grainne McLaughlin split the posts to leave a point between the sides as the referee blew for half-time.

Score St.Peter’s 2.07 v 1.09.

 St. Joseph’s would have been hoping to start the second half as they had finished the first but the Lurgan girls got off to a flyer adding 1.02 inside five minutes. Sarah Morgan and Laureen Magee added points and when Chole Magill got through for a goal, things were again looking good for the Armagh champions.

The home side needed a response and Grainne McLaughlin broke through for an excellent point but they were dealt a blow when Megan McGarry was harshly sin-binned.

When Emma Keegan goaled for the visitors, they must have thought they were through to the next round but once again Grainne McLaughlin pulled a point back on fifty minutes only to see Kate Corvan reply with a point to leave six between the sides. The returning Megan McGarry closed the gap with a well taken point and Grainne McLaughlin showed all her class when she pointed a free from distance. St. Peter’s added their final point of the game but Ellen Morgan responded for the home sides when she latched onto a loose ball and gave the keeper no chance but time was against the Chapel |Hill side to leave just two between the sides.

It came too little too late however and it is St. Peter’s who progress to the next round but Glenavy deserve great credit for their never say die attitude and on another day it might have been enough.

Scorers will always get the headlines but on this occasion every player on the pitch deserves great credit for the standard of play they served up for the punters.

Good luck to the Lurgan girls as they progress in the Ulster championship.

St.Joseph’s:- Ciara McCorry; Mary McStravick; Maebh Bradley;Geraldine McCann; Aideen McCambridge ; Cathy Scannell; Lily Curran; Natasha O’Neill; Ana Mulholland; Orlaith McAllister; Grainne McLaughlin; Megan McGarry; Graine; Fallon; Ellen Morgan;

Reserves: Eve McCartney; Cassie Shannon; Cara McGarry; Meabh McManus; Sinead Farrell; Ciara McLaughlin.

St.Peter’s: Kirsty Hatchell; Lauren Hendron; Bronagh Brady; Siobhan Abraham; Kathy Magee; Maire Moore; Kate Corvan; Emma Keegan; Sarah Morgan; Caitlan McQuade; Katie Headley; Laureen Magee; Laura Casey; Niamh McDonald; Emer McCormick;

Reserves: Margaret Montgomery; Eyma Brady; Shannon Breen; Orlagh Canning; Emma Hendron; Jessica Hull; Chloe Magill; Dearbhla McCaughey; Aisha McDonald; Cliodhna Moore; Aine Moore; Eadoin Moore; Brea Rooney.


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