High scoring Brídíní Óga stay unbeaten

Under 16A Camogie League
Brídíní Óga 6-22 Loughgiel 5-2
Despite conceding a goal inside the opening 20 seconds, Brídíní Óga powered back to take control of this Under 16A league game in Fr Maginn Park, pulling away from Loughgiel for a comfortable victory.
Within three minutes a goal and a point from Aimee Traynor had nudged the home side ahead and they picked off some excellent points throughout the opening half to lead by 4-10 to 1-1 at the break.
Niamh Donnelly’s goal from a penalty made it 2-7 to 1-0, while Aimee Traynor completed her hat-trick with goals just before the turnover.
There were some more excellent points at the start of the second half from Shauna McDonnell, Niamh Donnelly and Niamh McKay as the Glenravel girls pinned Loughgiel back into their own half.
When they did manage to break, usually with Mary McKillen and Orla Laverty carried ball through midfield, they did present danger for the Glenravel defence who had been pulled out of position with the sliotar at the other end.
Anna McKillop, Mary McKillen and Catherine Kelly all picked off goals but those were never going to trouble the locals for whom Niamh Mckay (hand-pass) and Aimee Traynor brought the goal tally to half a dozen, and that despite some great saves from Suzannah Mullan in the Shamrocks’ goals.
The Shamrocks are at home to Portglenone in the next round, while Brídíní Óga will attempt to keep their unbeaten start to the season up in Ballycastle.
Brídíní Óga : Orla Donnelly, Ellie McKinley, Jaime Woulahan, Rachel Coulter, Maria McKenna, Beth McAuley, Ciara McCormick, Alisha McPeake, Brónagh Laverty 0-2, Shauna McDonnell 0-6, Maeve Mulholland, Niamh Donnelly 1-6, 1-0 pen, 0-3 frees, Aimee Traynor 4-4, Orla Fyfe, Niamh McKay 1-4.
Subs used: Fionnuala Kerr, Cassie McQuillan, Eibhlín Gould, Sarah Fyfe
Loughgiel : Suzannah Mullan, Caitlin Hargan, Ellie Glackin, Ella Sullivan, Niamh McCaughan, Maeve Henry, Erin McMullan, Mary McKillen 1-0, Orla Laverty 0-1, Carleena Sullivan, Ciara Connolly, Annie Lynn 0-1, Anna McKillop 2-0, Catherine Kelly 1-0, Lauren O’Boyle.
Sub used : Anna McKillen
Referee : Ryan O’Reilly

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Erin’s Own are Feile B Camogie Champions

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Erin’s own Cargin celebrate after defeating Kickham’s Creggan in the Feile B Camogie final at Rossa Park on Sunday.

Erin’s Own, Cargin are this year’s Feile B Camogie champions. At a windy and sometimes wet, Rossa Park on Sunday they overcame the considerable challenge of Bridini Oga, Glenravel and Kickham’s Creggan to lift the shield.

Feile B Camogie Final

In the Feile B Camogie final it was parish rivals Kickham’s Creggan and Erin’s Own Cargin who came face to face and judging on what had gone on before we were in for a cracking decider. It was Creggan who lined out with the stiff breeze behind them and the early exchanges suggested that they would push on and take the title.

They looked compact in defence where Mary Murray continued where she had left off in the semi-final with a polished exhibition of defending and in the early exchanges Eavanne Martin appeared to have the measure of Maria O’Neill in the mid-field exchanges.

Martin’s long striking of the sliotar saw her fire over the first three points of the half as they took the game to the opposition but despite strong pressure they were unable to get through for the all- important goal.

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Caoimhe McIvor in the Erin’s own goal, Alex Johnston and Sara O’Neill defended as if their lives depended on it and at half time the Creggan lead of 0-4 to 0-1 looked precarious given the strength of the breeze with Maria O’Neill getting the Cargin point from a well struck free.

After the break play swung very much in favour of the Toome girls and they got off to a great start when a Maria O’Neill 40 meter free dipped to the Creggan net in the 4th minute to level the contest. A minute later Cliodhna McNabb pointed Erin’s Own ahead and it was a lead they were never to lose.

They continued to press and it was Creggan’s turn to defend. They stood strong for a time with Maria O’Neill going close for their opponents before Cliodhna McNabb fired home Cargin’s second goal from close range to put them in control.

Creggan replied with a pointed free from Eavanne Martin but it failed to inspire her colleagues and it was the girls from Toome who produced a storming finish with goals from Siobhan McCoy and Gracey McLaughlin to claim the Feile B title.

Antrim Camogie president, Mary Herald presents the Feile B Shield to Cargin captain, Siobhan McCoy and the player of the tournament award to Creggan’s Mary Murray.

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First Semi-Final

Cargin 3-4 Glenravel  0-1

The breeze was to have a major bearing on proceedings throughout the day but it was Erin’s own, Cargin who made all the early running in this first semi-final despite facing the elements in the opening half.

They took the game to Bridini Oga from early in the game with Maria O’Neill driving them forward with her strong running from mid-field. The Glenravel girls put up strong resistance with Toni Kerr, Clodagh McCusker and Aisling Mulholland standing tall in the face of the early onslaught.

Maria O’Neill found the Glenravel net as the early pressure finally paid off but Glenravel looked to have rode the early storm when Aisling Donnelly replied with a good point at the other end. This score seemed to lift Bridini Oga and for a time they got on top but could find no way through a solid Cargin defence.

The Toome girls broke from defence with Maria O’Neill producing a lung busting solo run before sending a dipping ball in around the parallelogram and in the scramble that ensued Cliodhna McNabb got the vital touch to force the sliotar over the line.

By half time Maria O’Neill had added her second goal and with Cliodhna McNabb weighing in with a point Erin’s Own had moved into a 3-1 to 0-1 lead and had one foot in the final unless Bridini Oga could produce something spectacular in the second half.

It wasn’t to be however with the Cargin defence in no mood to concede to the Glenravel pressure as Caoimhe McIvor, Alex Johnston, Sarah O’Neill and Sophie McErlane repelled everything that came their way despite the best efforts of Caitlin Law, Aisling Donnelly and Erin Coulter.

Points from Cliodhna McNabb, Emear McErlane and Siobhan McCoy ensured that there would be no way back for Bridini Oga and it was the Toome girls who would have to wait to see who they would face in the final as Ruairi Og Cushendall and Kickham’s Creggan lined out for the second semi-final.

Second semi-final

Kickham’s Creggan 4-3 Ruairi Og 2-1

In the second semi-final it was a talented Kickham’s Creggan who made all the early running against a smaller but never the less talented Ruairi Og, Cushendall with Eavanne Martin leading the way with a fine display of long striking from mid-field.

Eavanne Martin got the Staffordstown Road girls on their way with an early goal followed by a point and another goal from Neva Chauhan saw the young Kickham’s lead by 2-2 to 0-0 at the short whistle but with Cushendall about to enjoy the benefit of a considerable breeze after the break.

If the Ruairi Og girls were going to get themselves into this game they needed a strong start to the second half but in the event it was Creggan who made the perfect start as Orlagh McAllister superbly doubled on the dropping sliotar to fire past Niamh McNeill in the ‘Dall’ goal.

Suddenly what had been a steep slope had now turned into a mountain but the Cushendall girls did respond through a goal from Sine Woodhouse to give themselves and their supporters some hope.

That hope was raised further when Lara Haughey shot first time through a crowded goalmouth and when Sian Woodhouse followed with a point it looked like game on. The kicham’s recomposed themselves however with Eavanne Martin taking back control at mid-field and a late goal from Caoimhe Hampsey settled the contest.

Ballycastle are Feile A champions after absorbing final win over Dunloy

PrintAntrim Camogie Feile na nGael

Ballycastle 2-0  Dunloy 0-5

By John McIlwaine

Ballycastle produced a brilliant second half display of sheer fighting spirit to deny favourites Dunloy and claim the Antrim Camogie Feile A title today at Fr Healy Park, Loughgiel. Leading by 2 goals to 2 points at the end of an absorbing opening half the Ballycastle girls somehow managed to keep their brilliant opponents at bay during a second period in which they failed to raise another flag. Dunloy edged back closer and closer as the excellent Cassie McArthur picked off points to close the gap to a the minimum, but the goal the young Cuchullains needed just would not come as the Ballycastle defence held firm. Led by their magnificent captain Faye McIntosh the girls from the Town put their bodies on the line to keep their goal intact. When the final whistle sounded the contrasting scenes of unbridled joy and to total devastation were scattered across the pitch. Brilliant Ballycastle had somehow hung on to deny an excellent Dunloy team who had come so close to retaining their Feile title.

Two of the stars of Feile 2018, Ballycastle captain Faye McIntosh (left) breaking out of defence and Cassie McArthur (right) who gave a brilliant display of scoring desite carrying a knee injury.

Ballycastle laid down a marker early in the game when Faye McIntosh dropped a long ball into the Dunloy square where Kaci Lee Hunter made a great catch before firing the ball to the Dunloy net. Midway through the opening half Dunloy hit back with a pointed free by Cassie McArthur but Ballycastle took a firm grip of the game when a goalbound shot from Erin McFetridge was saved by the Dunloy keeper Orlagh McGilligan and substitute Faye Roddy, who had just come on the field, fired the rebound home. Before the break Dunloy closed the gap when Cassie McArthur sent over a great point from play to leave just four between the sides at half time.

The second half didn’t produce many scores, but it certainly made up for it in excitement as both teams battled for every ball. When Cassie McArthur pointed within thirty seconds of the restart to cut the gap to three it looked like Dunloy would surely claw back the deficit. Emily O’Neill came close when she fired a shot from a narrow angle into the side netting, but Ballycastle were closing down every attack as if their lives depended on it and it was a further 11 minutes before McArthur got Dunloy’s next score. As the game entered injury time there was renewed hope when the brilliant McArthur closed the gap to a single point but Ballycastle just would not yield in the three minutes of injury time as they held out for a famous win.

BALLYCASTLE

Aibheann Donnelly, Rhona Brolly, Charly McQuillan, Faye McIntosh, Kaci-Lee Hunter, Lauren McBride, Ellen McInosh, Erin McFetridge, Orla McIlroy, Amy McConaghie, Hanna Kelly, Olivia Connolly, Aiobh Mullan, Eva Graham, Dervla Gardiner.

Subs – Noelle McAuley, Riona McAuley, Faye Roddy, Shannagh Heggarty, Janie McIntosh, Dani McQuillan

DUNLOY

Orlagh McGilligan, Shannon Ferris, Brid Magill, Grace Kearns, Erin Kelly, Katie Molloy, Fauninene McErlaine, Clannid O’Kane, Eimear Johnston, Kirsty McAuley, Cassie McArthur, Emily O’Neill, Megan McMullan, Bronagh Magill, Clara Elliott.

Subs – Cliodhna McCamphill, Megan McKenna, Mary McArthur, Clara Cochrane, Naimh Guiney, Amy Rose Hyndman, Tierna Martin, Eva Doherty, Rhiana Doherty

REFEREE – Maggie O’Connell  (Portglenone)

The joy and the hearbreak of sport was on show in Sunday’s Feile A Camogie final in Loughgiel. Pics by John McIlwaine

 

Semi-finals

Dunloy 3-3 Loughgiel 0-1

In the two semi-finals, which were played earlier in the day, Dunloy proved too strong for Loughgiel in the opening half as they raced to a 3-3 to 0-0 score lead, two of the goals coming from Cassie McArthur and one from Emily O’Neill. In the second half Loughgiel performed much better and with midfielder Caoimhe McMullan playing a starring role they matched their opponents. There was early hope for the Shamrocks when Anna McKillop got a point back in the first minute of the second half, but they failed to breach the Dunloy defence again, though they did hole them scoreless.

Ballycastle 5-1 Portglenone 0-0

Portglenone battled hard in their semi-final but Ballycastle’s strength and pace proved too much for their brave opponents. Portglenone centre back Orlagh Convery did her utmost to stem the tide but a flurry of goals saw Ballycastle into the final

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