Super Saffrons seal final spot

TG4 All Ireland Ladies Junior Football Championship semi-final  

Antrim 3-18 Carlow 0-13

Antrim booked their place in the final of the All Ireland LGFA Junior Championship when they beat Carlow in Sunday’s semi-final at Dunleer. Ahead from the first minute when midfielder Aine Turbity palmed the ball to the Carlow net, the Saffrons dominated for most of the game. Carlow got themselves back into contention with a few pointed frees from the excellent Sarah Doyle, but each time they scored Antrim found an answer and went on to win with a bit to spare.

After Turbidy’s early goals Antrim added points from Orlaith Prenter (2) and Bronagh Devlin to open up a six point gap, 1-3 to 0-0. Carlow’s Sarah Doyle was a constant threat however and she kept the Leinster girls in the game with some accurate free taking, but the Antrim forward line were playing some great flowing football and points from Lara Dahunsi, Graine McLaughlin, Orlaith Prenter, and Maria O’Neill helped them to a 1-10 to 0-8 lead by half time.

Danunsi got the first point of the second half as Antrim went six clear but two more from Sarah Doyle, one from play and one from a free, kept Carlow very much in touch. Antrim may have been guilty of over-elaboration at times as they took one pass too many when a simple score was on offer, but when Marie O’Neill finished a great move to the net for goal number two on 38 minutes there was no way back for Carlow.

Two pointed frees from Cathy Carey stretched the gap, and though Sarah Doyle (2) and Danna O’Brien raised Carlow hopes with well taken points , the final quarter was all Antrim. Substitute Orla Corr and Graine McLaughlin picked off point in the 51st and 52nd minutes, and though Doyle came back with her eight point for the game, Antrim found an immediate reply when Marie O’Neill grabbed her second goal, and her team’s third, following a fantastic move involving five Antrim players.

The victory was well and truly secured by this stage but the Saffrons were not finished yet and team captain Cathy Carey added a point, which was sandwiched between two by substitute Michelle Magee, to finish fourteen points clear.

The Antrim girls will meet a familiar foe in the final in three weeks’ time when they take on Fermanagh, who had a convincing win over Limerick in the other semi-final.


Anna McCann, Duana Coleman, Aisling McFarland, Niamh McIntosh, Maeve Mulholland, Saoirse Tennyson, Sarah O’Neill, Lara Dahunsi, Aine Turbidy, Grainne McLaughlin, Cathy Carey, Maria O’Neill, Bronagh Devlin, Orlaith Prenter, Caitlin Taggart.

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