Antrim Camogie League – Division 2
St Mary’s Ahoghill 2-14 Cargin 0-11
An excellent start to the league for Ahoghill Senior Camogs this evening with a win against visitors, Cargin in their opening game in Div 2.
The new season has also brought new management, with Francis Neeson returning to camogie coaching at the Club after several years away dedicated to playing dual codes, Declan Scullion, who returned to his Club roots a few years ago in terms of coaching and management with the male squads, has now joined Francis and Nicola Doherty is also on board.
The new look was reflected on the pitch as well with players in different positions, such as Noreen Graham in nets – currently resting an injury- Goal keeping might be a Graham gift and a new position for her as she did a super job in there this evening.
Some younger girls got their 1st taste of competitive Senior camogie and Eadaoín McGarry was named Captain with Bronagh Graffin Vice-Captain.
The game was nip and tuck in the 1st half, with Cargin going 3 points up but Niamh Neeson, in mid-field, found the net shortly before half time to level it at the break
Cargin 0.07 Ahoghill 1.04
Playing with the wind in the second half
the home side split the posts at the restart and added 1.10 throughout the remainder of the game.
Aisling O’Donnell wearing No.9 scored 0.02, Aine Graham in centre half forward, rather than her usual defensive position, notched up 0.06 in total, Aoibheann Mullen (1.0) found the net for the 2nd goal of the game,
Bonagh Graffin hit 0.01 and
Niamh Neeson tallied 1.05
There was excellent team play all over the field
Noreen, excellent in nets was supported well by Eadaoín McGarry in centre half, Sephora OConnell and Mairead McCloskey and Dervla Graffin.
Great link-up play in mid field with the half forward line and dogged determination in the forward line, there were scoring opportunities missed but the Ahoghill girls will be happy with their first run out.
All in all a great opening game, Cargin added a further 4 points in the 2nd half, with Eleanor Mallon and sister Catherine putting in an excellent shift. Sarah ONeill amd Tanya ONeill also put in noteworthy performances.
The girls in green have also, only recently, had new management come on board.
Stephen Magill who took the minors the last 2 years stepped up to Senior for 2023, assisted by Liam McAtamney who has been a constant in Cargin Camogie’s back- room team.