Ulster Schools Senior LGFA Championship
St Mary’s Magherafelt v Sacred Heart Newry
St Mary’s Magherafelt Under 20 LGFA team find themselves in the Ulster final for the second year in a row and team captain Kate Higgins is hoping for a different result this year.
After an impressive quarter final win over Loreto, Letterkenny, St Mary’s faced a well drilled Sacred Heart, Newry team. There was little between the two sides in the opening half, and an early goal from the Newry side, coupled by playing against a strong breeze left St Mary’s with it all to do. Eva Small and Niamh O’Donnell were lively in the full forward line, winning lots of ball and it was inevitable the scores would come and so it worked out as a goal and a point from Sarah Devlin gave the Magherafelt school a slender lead at the break.
Devlin continued to be a threat in the second half, and partnered by her club mate Caoileann Quinn they kept the scoreboard ticking over as they hit some excellent points from play. The Moneygalss duo of Sarah O’Neill and Aoife Kelly left no blade of grass uncovered and O’s struck for a vital goal in the 50th minute all but killed off the Sacred Heart challenge.
Amy Rose Mulligan and O’Donnell finished off the scoring on a very blustery day at MUSA to secure a final meeting with Loreto, Omagh at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena on Friday 26th January, with an 11.30 throw-in.
Ruby Scullion, Anna Mulholland, Leah Brewster, Rachael Keenan, Ella Nelson, Sarah Herron, Anna McEldowney, Kate Higgins, Sarah Devlin, Sarah O’Neill, Amy Rose Mulligan, Caoileann Quinn, Aoife Kelly, Niamh O’Donnell, Eva Small.