Doherty Woodshavings Antrim Intermediate championships quarter-final
Loughgiel Shamrocks 1-4 Brídíní Óga Glenravel 1-11
HOLDERS, and winners of four of the last five Doherty Woodshavings Antrim Intermediate championships, Loughgiel were knocked out of this year’s title race in the first of the quarter-finals played in Fr Healy Park at midday on Saturday.
Brídíní Óga took a while to get on top on the scoreboard in a game that had plenty of mistakes, but during the second half they pulled away to win comfortably.
Loughgiel have beaten the Glenravel side in three of the last five finals and it was looking like they would once again get the better of them when a huge free from Megan McGarry bounced in the Brídíní Óga area in the 14th minute and ended in the net possibly with a touch from Cara Connolly.
That put Loughgiel ahead for the only time in the game, 1-1 to 0-3, following three earlier points from Eimhear McAleenan (free), Torie Edgar and Aimee Traynor with a point from Emer McKinley in reply. There was just a single point during the second quarter, Eimhear McAleenan’s 23rd minute free pulling the sides level for the break.
Megan Coyle had pulled off a couple of great saves during the half, including one brilliant stop from Torie Edgar, while her defence, marshalled by Megan McGarry at centre-half back, coped well with a lot of pressure from the Glenravel side.
Brídíní Óga dominated the first 20 minutes of the second half and gradually pulled away on the score-board with McAleenan converting four more frees and Erin Coulter breaking from the right side of defence to fire over another.
Although Louise McKillop took advantage of a poor poc out to run through the middle and pull a point back in the 49th minute, Torie Edgar fired a bullet to the home side’s net four minutes later. While the Glenravel girls had probably done enough to win the game by that point, the goal confirmed their passage to a semi-final against Cargin or Ahoghill who play on Tuesday evening in Ahoghill (7.30pm).
Aimee Traynor and Sarah Fyfe added points that were cancelled out by two scores from Carlina Sullivan during the last few minutes.
There was a nervousness about the Glenravel performance until they got four or five points ahead midway through the second half. Their defence was solid throughout with the McKenna sisters back in the team for the first time since a league game in May. Their attack threatened to do more damage than they actually achieved in terms of scores from play, but the addition of Niamh McKay and Clodagh McPeake in the second half and the general ball-winning of Molly Wolouhan gave them more options.
Brídíní Óga: Orla Donnelly, Maria McKenna, Maeve Mulholland, Aisling Mulholland, Erin Coulter 0-1, Laoise McKenna, Brónagh Laverty, Erin McAleese, Sarah Fyfe 0-1, Kirsty Laverty capt, Molly Woulahan, Eimhear McAleenan 0-7 (fs), Aimee Traynor 0-2, Torie Edgar 1-1, Ashling Millar.
Subs: Niamh McKay for E McAleese (25), Clodagh McPeake for A Millar (34), Oonagh Ward, Leona Traynor, Eimear Butler, Ciara McCormick, Caitlin McKeown, Niamh Donnelly, Emily Sharpe, Aisling Donnelly, Jaime Woulahan, Megan Law, Caitlin Law,
Loughgiel: Megan Coyle, Katie Glackin, Finvola McVeigh, Anna McKillen, Maeve Henry, Megan McGarry, Ciara Boyle capt., Louise McKillop 0-1, Therese McKinley, Ciara Connolly, Anna McKillop, Carlina Sullivan 0-2, Emer McKinley 0-1, Cara Connolly 1-0, Caoimhe McMullan.
Sub: Chloe Higgins for E McKinley (43).
Referee: Martin McGann (Armagh)