U16 Div 1B league Final
Brídíní Óga Glenravel 5-5 Creggan 2-8
By Seamus McAleenan
THE under 16 season for Creggan and Brídíní Óga finished at two wins each and one piece of silverware each after the Glenravel girls bounced back from defeat in the championship final to pick up the league title at Ahoghill on Saturday.
Evanne Martin’s name was on everyone’s lips after the championship decider when the midfielder orchestrated a late fight back for Creggan to grab the title. This time the Brídíní Óga captain Sarah Fyfe was the key player in a game that could well have gone either way until she burst through the centre at the start of injury time and fired to the Creggan net for the fourth time.
Fyfe was the danger player throughout, but Glenravel could afford to persevere with her on the edge of the square because of the power of the Law twins at midfield, and the dominance of Jessica McIlhatton, Aisling Donnelly and Aisling Mulholland in defence in front of another star performer Caitlin McKeown who pulled off at least four brilliant stops during the second half.
Creggan struggled to cope with the intensity of the Glenravel challenge although they were never too far off them on the score-board thanks mainly to the probing of Cerys O’Neill who was one of three Creggan players to have won the Junior championship last Saturday.
O’Neill got Creggan off to the perfect start with a goal in the first minute. Although Emily Sharpe (with a point from a free) and Sarah Fyfe with a goal edged Brídíní Óga ahead, a good move from Creggan saw Mary Murray test Caitlin McKeown and the sliotar fell nicely for Cara McCann to tap home.
Fyfe and Ella McAteer swopped points before Fyfe took on the Creggan defence and forced home a goal. That put Brídíní Óga ahead and they maintained that advantage through to half time when they held a slender 2-4 to 2-3 lead.
Shortly after the re-start Sarah Fyfe completed her hat-trick, but from then until the water break it was all Creggan with McKeown called on several times to keep her team in the game.
Two Cerys O’Neill points closed the gap, but the Glenravel girls were still ahead, 3-4 to 2-6, by the second water break.
Emer Butler fired in a fourth goal for Glenravel on the restart, but Creggan had their chances to close in. However McKeown again pulled off a couple of point blank saves and as Brídíní Oga lifted the siege Emily Sharpe delivered a point after a strong run from Sarah Fyfe and Fyfe then iced the cake with her fourth goal.
It proved to be a good day for Glenravel at Ahoghill as earlier on their under 16 hurlers picked up the championship title with a flurry of goals. In the afternoon Sarah Fyfe hit the net often enough for the camógs to also take home silverware.
Brídíní Óga Glenravel : Caitlin McKeown, Roisin Mulholland, Jessica McIlhatton, Toni Kerr, Aisling Mulholland, Aisling Donnelly, Erin Coulter, Megan Law, Caitlin Law, Emily Sharpe (0-4, 3 frees), Eibhlin Gould, Eimear Butler (1-0), Niamh Small, Amy McIlhatton, Sarah Fyfe (4-1), Aoibhin McKenna
Subs : Annie Higgins for Toni Kerr, Clodagh McPeake for A McIlhatton, Caoimhe Higgins for A McKenna, Dearbhail Kerr for A Mulholland
Creggan: Trea Donnelly, Helen McElwee, Rose Carey-Small, Hannah Gately, Tara Hamill, Maria Gately, Neva Chauhan, Aine Colgan, Evanne Martin (0-2 frees), Ella McAteer (0-1), Roseanne Mulholland, Megan Darragh, Cara McCann (1-0), Mary Murray, Cerys ONeill (1-3).
Subs : Ashley Larkin for E Martin, Niamh McBride for H McElwee, Cora Duffin for T Hamill.
Referee : Ciaran McCloskey (Loughgiel)