Tir na nÓg denied as Glen fight back to take title

Ulster Junior Camogie Championship Final

Tír na nÓg 0-9 Glen (Derry) 1-11

Derry champions Glen Magera produced a strong second half performance at Ahoghill on Saturday to snatch victory from Tir na nÓg, Randalstown in the final of the Ulster Junior Camogie Championship.

The Randalstown girls had performed well in the opening half to open up a  four-point lead, the bulk of the scores coming from full forward Aine Devlin’s whose accuracy from frees punished the Derry side’s mistakes. However after the break the Glen girls got the upper hand in the second half and after drawing level by the second water break, went on to take victory by a five point margin.

Tir na nÓg were ahead within seconds of the start thanks to Emily Falloon, and held the upper hand right through the opening quarter to lead by 0-4 to 0-2 at the first water break

They continued to edge the exchanges after the restart, outscoring their opponents opponents by 0-3 to 0-1 in the second quarter to build up a commanding lead by half time.

However the Derry champions got themselves back into contention in the third quarter, and they were back on terms at the begining of the fourth. The Magera girls  took the lead for the first time in the 47th minute, though Tir na nÓg stayed in contention until a goal from Glen’s Leanne McCrystal dealt the Antrim champions a real body blow. To their credit the Whitehill girls kept battling to the end, but they could not find a way back as Glen held out to take the Ulster title.

TÍR NA nÓG: Aimee Sheerin, Susan Shannon, Orla McKeown, Emma Louise McAreavey, Dervla Johnston, Bronagh Devlin (0-1), Síofra O’Dolan, Shauna O’Neill, Michaela Heggarty, Emily Falloon (0-1), Caithlin McGaughey, Cameron McGaughey (0-1), Niamh Martin, Aine Devlin (0-6, 0-5f), Orlaith Prenter

SUBS: Carla O’Neill for Orlaith Prenter (20), Caitlin Martin for Niamh Martin (46)

YELLOW: M Heggarty (22), C O’Neill (24)

GLEN: Laura Coyle, Aoife McGuckin, Claire McGroggan, Nuala Convery, Caoimhe Glass, Rebecca Kirkpatrick (0-8, 0-5f, 0-3 – 45s), Dearbhla McGuckin, Aisling Porter, Ciara Mulholland, Caoimhe Mulholland, Leanne McCrystal (1-1), Clare Gunning, Bronagh Gallagher (0-1), Aoife Molloy, Meabh McGirr

SUBS: Niamh Gallagher (0-1) for Aoife Molloy (30+2), Sorcha Higgins for Dearbhla McGuckin (62), Hannah Ferguson for Claire McGroggan (63), Aoibheann Molloy for Meabh McGirr (65), Catherine McKenna for Aisling Porter (65)

YELLOW: L McCrystal (23), C Gunning (50), A McGuckin (63)

REF: Paddy McGrath (Down)

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