Prenter to the fore as Moneyglass retain LGFA Senior Championship title

Antrim LGFA Ladies SFC Final

St Ergnats 2-18  St Pauls 1-9

Orlagh Prenter was very much to the fore as St. Ergnat’s Moneyglass repeated their success of last year when they defeated St. Paul’s in the LFFA Senior Football championship final in convincing fashion at Davitt’s on Sunday. Prenter was to amass an impressive total of 0-16 (0-14 frees) over the hour as the Marian Hill girls dominated from early in the contest to run out convincing winners in the end

St. Paul’s had been the dominant force in ladies football for nearly a decade but in recent years the balance of power has swung decisively in the direction of the South West girls who retained their senior title to add to a clean sweep of titles at juvenile level.

It was St. Paul’s who were first to threaten and Lara Dahunsi won possession from the throw in and her inch perfect pass placed Fionnghuala Rocks who looked set to open the scoring but her shot on goal sailed agonisingly to the wrong side of the post.

Had she scored then things might well have been different but it was Moneyglass who recovered from that early scare and Rebecca Bradley gave them the lead as she pointed her side ahead after six minutes to settle some early nerves and Orlagh Prenter followed with another before Fionnghuala Rocks atoned in part for her earlier miss with St. Paul’s opening score in the 10th minute.

Slowly the St. Ergnat’s girls began to assert their authority on matters and they struck with the game’s first goal in the 15th minute when defender Elanor Mallon got on the end of a pass from Orlagh Prenter to blast to the net and put her side in a commanding position.

Prenter was having a massive influence on proceeding as she fired over a number of frees before Marie O’Neill added another from play as the girls in blue started to put distance between themselves and the opposition and St. Paul’s were badly in need of a score to keep their hopes alive.

And they were given a glimmer hope just before the break as Kirsty McGuinness pointed a couple of frees to reduce her sides half-time deficit to 9 but the Shaw’s Road girls still looked to have a mountain to climb in the second half as the  half-time scoreboard read 0-6 – 2-9 in favour of Moneyglass.

St Paul’s started the second half on the front foot with Fionnghuala Rocks scoring from a free before Moneyglass were reduced to 14  after Emma Louise McAreavey  was sin-binned  as she brought down Kirsty McGuinness who looked in for a goal.

McGuinness placed the resulting penalty kick into the bottom left corner of the net, giving her side renewed hope as it cut the deficit to five points 5 points but they were unable to build on that early second half success.

It was Moneyglass who again grabbed the initiative as Orlagh Prenter replied from three converted frees as she punished some indiscipline in the St. Paul’s defence as a bit of frustration began to creep into their play.

Orlagh Prenter continued to dictate matters as St. Ergnat’s finished strongly as she pointed from over 25 yards to bring her total into double figures and it was clear at this stage that there would be no way back for the former champions.

St. Paul’s woe was increased as Caitlin McGuinness was sin-binned after dragging down Cliona Griffin inside the 21-yard line but they did keep going to the end and earned some reward as Hannah Doherty and Fionnghuala Rocks tagged on  late points but it was to prove too little too late.

And it was that girl Prtenter who would have the final say as she brought her personal total for the evening to 0-16 to leave her side convincing 12 point winners in the end to bring about scenes of rejoicing at Davitt’s Park at the final whistle.

St Ergnats: A McCann, A McCauley, E L McAreavey, S O Neill, E Mallon 1-0, R Bradley 0-1, L McCann, C Griffin, C carey, M O Neill 1-1, A Devlin, O Prenter (0-16 14 frees), B Devlin

Subs: S McErlain, A Boyd, D Connolly, G Laverty, C McKeely, O Rooney, E McCoy

St Pauls: S Murphy, C Stewart, C Brown, O McGuinness, S Tennyson, S McCann, N Burns, L Dahunsi, A Tubridy, N Nic Ionnrachtaigh, N Ritchie, C McGuinness 0-2(1 free), K McGuinness 1-2 (1 pen), F Rocks 0-4 (4 frees), H Doherty 0-1

Subs: G McGroarty, N Matthews, M Hanna, E Kelly, A Healy, M Connolly, C Mervyn, O Murray

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