St. Brigid’s advance to Ulster semi-final

Ulster Ladies Intermediate Club Championship Quarter-final

Killeavey (Armagh) 0-9  St. Brigid’s (Antrim) 5-12

Antrim champions St. Brigid’s proved too strong for their counterparts, Killeavy when they travelled to Armagh on Sunday and recorded an impressive victory over the girls from the Orchard County.

A goal from Theresa Mellon in the 7th minute settled the Saffron champions after they had kicked three wides but they were fortunate not to be back on level terms when the home side saw a goal bound shot come off the upright.

Mellon added a point after 11 minutes as both sides wasted chances before Grainne Boylan got the home side off the mark when she pointed a free in the 15th minute. Boylan added another from play as Killeavey started to enjoy a wee bit of success.

It was short lived however as Theresa Mellon replied with a point for St. Brigid’s and when Aileen McDonnell got in for their second goal the Musgrave Park girls were back on the ascendancy.

Theresa Mellon was proving a handful for the Killeavy defence as she tagged on another point and Abi Carelton added another as the visitors started to turn the screw and Laura Agnew increased the ‘Biddies’ lead with the final score of the half in injury time as the home side’s wide count continued to climb.

Half Time: Killeavy 0-3 St. Brigid’s 2-6

Killeavey needed a good start to the second half if they were to get themselves back into contention and Sara Dornan got them on their way with a point in the 5th minute and when Grainne Boylan pointed a free they must have fancied their chances of closing the gap further.

The visitors had other ideas however as they responded in style with Fionna O’Malley firing home their third goal and Laura Agnew and Abie Carelton adding points to put them back in complete control.

The Belfast side were once again calling the shots as Laura Agnew pointed a free and when Mary Mitchell fired home their fourth goal in the 12th minute it looked a long way back for the Armagh champions.

They kept battling however as Grainne Boylan fired over at the other end but it brought another strong response from the visitors as Laura Agnew breeched the home defence for goal number four in the 14th minute.

The visitors continued dictate matters with Abi Carelton and Grainne Boylan exchanging points from frees and at this stage the Belfast side began to empty their bench. Abi Carelton and Eimhear Currie added further points for St. Brigid’s as the clock ticked down with Grainne Boylan replying with consolation points for the home side to conclude the scoring.

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