Johnnies girls hold on to win thrilling final in the fog

The Bridie McMenamin Ulster Camogie Shield Final 2021 from St.Mary’s Ahoghill.

O’Donovan Rossa Magerafelt-1-04 St.Johns Belfast 2-02 

PICS BY BERT TROWLEN

Underfoot conditions at Ahoghill were better than of recent games thanks to a relatively dry week but the foggy conditions ,which resulted in a delayed throw-in , reduced this game to much less than the spectacle it could have been. St. Johns started well with a fine goal from close range flashed home by Maédhbh Laverty. Rossa opened their account with a point from a free taken by Sinead Comer before St. Johns keeper Sinead Lagan made two excellent saves from efforts by Rochelle Rocks and Dearbhla Walls.

Within a short  time St. Johns went further ahead when Aishling Hawkins made a fine solo run and dropped it into full forward Eimhear Costello who calmly chipped it over the goalie’s head into the net for number two. Sinead Comer managed two more points from frees for Magherafelt before the interval with Debbie Boyd tapping over a nice point from play for St.Johns to leave a half time score of St.Johns 2-01 Magherafelt 0-03.

The second half saw a much more physical battle than the first with a series of heavy tackles resulting in frees which were mostly fired wide by both sides due to the awful visibility. Hawkins managed a good 40 metre conversion to put St. Johns further ahead but Rossa soon replied with a goal from a free by Comer which deflected off the hurl of the St.Johns keeper into the net in the mists of confusion.

Another point from play from Comer late in the day turned it into a one point game but St.Johns held on with some resolute defending to win the day and the tournament. Captain Sarah-Jane McGuigan had a busy presentation lifting both the player of the game award and the Bridie McMenamin Shield. 

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