Tesco All Ireland B Under 16 Camogie Championship
Derry 1-14 Antrim 7-8
A storming second half which saw Antrim come from five points down at the break to win by twelve against Derry in Magherafelt, saw the young Saffrons book an All Ireland semi-final place against Offaly. Derry were well on top during the first half, and were good value for their 1-9 to 1-5 half time lead, but the Oak Leaf girls were hit for six in the second half as Janey McIntosh hit a hat-trick, Orlaith McAlister got two (to complete her hat-trick) and Eobha McAlister one to turn the game on its head.
A McIntosh point and an Orlaith McAlister goal got Antirm off to a good start, but five points from the brilliant Carla Collins and one from Orla McCartney brought Derry level by the end of the opening quarter. Antrim ended a 12 minute scoreless spell with and Orlaith McAlister point from a free, but Derry were getting on top and two points apiece from Collins and McCartney put them ahead. The home side appeared to have taken a grip on the game when with a goal from Leagh Cassidy on 22 minutes to stretch the lead to six, but Orlaith McAlister pulled one back for Antrim just five minutes before half time to leave just five between them at the break.
A Janey McIntosh goal two minutes into the second half left cut the gap to two, but Carla Collins came back with a point for Derry to push them three clear. Orlaith McAlister brought Antrim back level six minutes later, and though Collins briefly restored Derry’s lead, the tide was turning in Antrim’s favour, and when McIntosh got her second goal it gave the Saffrons a lead they would not lose.
The dynamic duo of McAlister and McIntosh added points, but Collins was keeping her team very much in touch until two quick goals from Orlaith and Eobha McAllister six minutes from time, all but sealed the win. Further points came from Dervla McAulfield and Kirsty McAuley before McInosh competed her hat trick to seal a excellent win against a very good Derry side.
The girls now go forward to a semi-final meeting with Offaly