Creggan finally get past Ahoghill in Camogie quarter final

A goal from Maria Gately and two point from Player of the Match Eavanne Martin sealed Creggan’s place in the semi-final of the Antrim Intermediate Camogie Championship by virtue of a four point win over Ahoghill at Creggan on Sunday evening. The sides could not be separated after ending all square at the end of full time and extra time last week in Ahoghill and it was the same again this time around in another absorbing contest.

Creggan led by 0-5 to 0-3 at the first water break, four of the scores coming from Minor County start Martin, while Rubymarie Rice got the other one. County senior team goalkeeper Caitriona Graham was starring at midfield for Ahoghill and she started a run of score which got the St Mary’s girls back in front, and when Noreen Graham got her team’s first goal they were five clear. However Creggan came down the other end and Rubymarie Rice fired one to the net to give her team new hope and they trailed by just two points 1-8 to 1-6 at half time.

Three in a row from Evanne Martin early in the second half saw Creggan take the lead and it was score for score for a while as two well matched teams gave their all. A Noreen Graham shot for a point dipped into the Creggan net midway through the second half, and gave the visitors the upper hand, but a second goal from Rubymarie Rice got Creggan back on terms and it remained that way unto full time with the scores level on  2-12 apiece.

Ten minutes each way were played to try and find a winner, but just as last week there was no separating the sides. Creggan had gained an edge when two points from Evanne Martin and one from from Ciara McCollum gave them a three point advantage at the end of the first ten minute session, but Ahoghill hit back with points from McCloskey and Caitriona Graham (2) to level the scores. Another Rubymarie Rice goal appeared to have finally sealed it for Creggan but Ahoghill came again and a brilliant goal from Maura Downey late in injury time tied things up yet again.

Two more periods of extra time were signalled by match referee as darkness descended and it looked like we were in for a ‘45’ shoot-out, until a late scoring burst saw Creggan seal it with a Marie Gately goal and two more points from county minor star Martin sent the girls from the Loughshore through to a semi-final meeting with Loughgiel 2nds next weekend.

Brídíní Óga into semi-final

Antrim Junior Camogie Championship Saturday 16th October:

Brídíní Óga 2-10 St Paul’s-Loch Mór 0-7

An early goal from Eimear Butler settled the home side in this tough battle with St Paul’s /Loch Mór in Fr Maginn Park.

It certainly helped this young Brídíní Óga side that they had a game last week against Gort na Móna in the preliminary round and they were able to win individual battles throughout the field and use the sliotar up the wings to create scoring chances.

St Paul’s/Loch Mór also had several under 16s in their line out as they also build for the future, but it was the experienced players like Deirdre Vallely, Fionnghuala Rocks and the Reilly sisters who posed the bigger threat to Glenravel advancing.

The goal from Eimear Butler came after five minutes and after she and Cara McKevitt had swopped points. There were just two further points, both from frees, before the first water break and the difference between the teams was still that goal.

Although Niamh Donnelly pointed a second free on the re-start, the visitors closed the gap to a single point on a couple of occasions before a late flurry of scores from Megan Law and Niamh Donnelly (2) opened up a half-time lead of 1-7 to 0-6.

The Glenravel defence was superb during the second half and held St Paul’s scoreless until injury time when Fionnghuala Rocks pointed a free. Caitlin McKeown in goals brought off several good stops during that period to back up an excellent diving save she made towards the end of the first half.

At the other end, the St Paul’s defence worked very hard, but Brídíní Óga gradually moved up to a seven points’ gap with two frees from Niamh Donnelly and a breakaway point from Emily Sharpe.

Early in the last quarter, the game was put to bed when Eibhlin Gould floated across a shot from close to the score-board and it went all the way to nestle in the visitors’ net.

This game was a step up for the Glenravel youngsters from last week’s 4-10 to 4-4 win over Gort na Móna and they made it with a determined team performance led by the work-rate of the more experienced players. One fancies that they will need to take a further step up next weekend to overcome the winners from Loughgiel v Creggan, a game scheduled for tomorrow.

Brídíní Óga : Caitlin McKeown, Clare Emerson, Oonagh Ward, Ciara McCormick, Úna McAleenan, Aisling Mulholland, Leona Traynor, Erin McAleese capt, Toni Kerr, Emily Sharpe 0-1, Megan Law 0-1, Eimear Butler 1-1, Eibhlin Gould 1-0, Caitlin Law, Niamh Donnelly 0-7, 5 frees.

Subs: Jaime Woualahan for T Kerr, Alishia McPeake for E Sharpe, Annie Higgins for C Law, Ella Dixon for E Gould.

St Paul’s/Loch Mór: Aisling Caldwell, Méabh Martin, Deirdre Vallely, Sian Burke, Cliodhna Phillips, Fionnghuala Rocks 0-2 frees, Orlaith McKnight, Kerry McConville, Niamh Richie, Aoife Murray, Brónagh Reilly, Demille McShane, Cora Diver, Aisling Reilly 0-4, 3 frees, Cara McKevitt 0-1.

Subs: Aoibhinn Hand for S Burke, Rebecca McConville for C Diver, Brianna Skillen for D McShane.

Referee : Paul McSparran

St Killian’s power their way to final

Liatroim Fontenoys’ Cup semi-finals

St Killian’s Garron Tower 3-18 St Patrick’s Keady 1-5

St Pius X Magherafelt 2-14 St Conor’s Kilrea/Clady 4-6

St Killian’s Garron Tower completed a good week for the camogie team by qualifying for the final of the Liatroim Fontenoys’ Cup with this victory over St Patrick’s Keady in Castledawson where earlier in the week they had captured the Ulster Sevens title for the first time.

They imposed themselves on the game from the start and their point taking throughout was impressive with six from Orlaith McAlister helping them to a 1-10 to 0-0 interval lead. The centre-forward had recorded three before the water break when she switched places with midfielder Cara O’Boyle.

The opening goal came from Orlaith McCurry shortly after the water break and McAlister and O’Boyle scores pushed the boat out on Keady who had tried to curtail the one-way traffic by bringing centre forward Ciara Corr back as a sweeper. However that move left no way through at the other end for the south Armagh side with Eimhear McMullan, Abi McNeill and Aisling Mulholland dominant.

After the break Rhianna Black put the result to bed with a quick goal and, although Ciara Corr responded with a fine goal for Keady, Ellie Jo Butler fired low into the corner for a third goal for St Killian’s.

In fairness to the Armagh girls, they hit back with four points in a row. However St Killian’s still led by 3-14 to 1-4 at the second water break and pushed on with further points from Abi McNeill, Cara O’Boyle, Orlaith McCurry and Orlaith McAlister for a comprehensive victory.

In the earlier game in Magherafelt, Ellie McAfee almost snatched extra time for St Conor’s but her shot from 20 metres out just cleared the St Pius X cross bar and time ran out on the east Derry school.

There was very little between the teams throughout although St Pius X were generally ahead of their neighbours. Goals from Anna Mulholland and Emily Harris edged them in front by 2-4 to 1-4 at the break, with McAfee the goal-scorer for St Conor’s.

During the second half, St Pius just managed to stay ahead with a series of points from Paige Bell, Caitlin Crozier, Mulholland and Harris while Leah Cassidy found the net twice for St Conor’s and Eabha McMullan then closed the gap to a goal.

However the Magherafelt school held out for victory and a place in next week’s final.

St Killian’s: Louise Mulholland, Caoimhe Morgan, Eimhear McMullan, Marie Claire McAlister, Cliodhna O’Hara, Abi McNeill 0-1, Aisling Mulholland, Cara O’Boyle 0-4, Laura Black 0-1, Eimear Butler 0-1, Orlaith McAlister 0-7, 4 frees, Kady McNeill 0-2, Rhianna Black 1-0, Ellie Jo Butler 1-1, Orlaith McCurry 1-1.

Subs : Caitlin Reid, Cara McNaughton, Erin Delargy, Katie McDonnell, Katy Kerr, Leanne Magill, Naoise McDonnell, Saoirse Campbell, Emily McNaughton

St Patrick’s: Sarah Connolly, Aoife Kerr, Eimear Boyd, Aoife Murray, Méabh Crilly, Alannah O’Donnell, Natasha McShane, Lucy Loughran 0-1 free, Lucy Gribbin, Ciara Corr 1-0, Fiahdna Loughran 0-2 frees, Cadi Jo Morgan, Orlaith Heavin, Saorlaith Heavin, Orlaith Beagan.

Subs : Colleen Grimley, Lucy Doyle 0-1.

St Pius X : Anna Mulholland 1-3, Emily Harris 1-2, Paige Bell 04, 3 frees, Caitlin Crozier 0-3, Anna Donnelly 0-1, Aoife McOscar 0-1

St Conor’s: Leah Cassidy 2-0, Ellie McAfee 1-1, Eabha McMullan 1-1, Conla Kerr 0-4

Antrim Camogie Fixtures

SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
Sunday 17th October
12 noon: Tír na nÓg v Dunloy – referee Paul O’Neill

3pm : Cushendall v Ballycastle – referee Francis Traynor

INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP

Semi-final:
Sunday 17th October in All Saints, Ballymena

1pm : Rossa v Cargin – Referee Jerome McAllister

4 pm in Creggan

Creggan v Ahoghill – Referee Owen Elliot

JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

Quarter-Finals:
Saturday 16th October
12pm in Glenravel : Bridíní Óga v St Paul’s-Loch Mór – Referee Paul McSparren

12:00am in Loughgiel: Shamrocks 3 v Creggan 2 – Referee Ryan O’Reilly

Sunday 17th October
12pm, Cushendall : Ruairí Óg 2 v Portglenone 2 – Referee John McHenry

2.30pm, Corrigan Park : St John’s Belfast v Armoy – Referee Sean Elliott

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St Killian’s win Camoige blitz

Although some late withdrawals due to Covid contacts and clashes with other games among other reasons meant that there were just five teams in Castledawson for the Ulster Schools’ Sevens competition, the standard was nevertheless very high and ultimately it proved extremely difficult to find an overall winner.

After the round robin games, St Patrick’s Maghera, St Louis Ballymena and St Killian’s Garron Tower were all unbeaten, the games between each of the three finishing in draws.

A decision was then made to play a further round robin series between the three unbeaten sides.

The first game up was between St Louis and St Patrick’s Maghera. The Ballymena school went 0-3 to 0-1 ahead, but a goal from Carla Collins edged Maghera ahead with just a minute left. However that was just enough time for Anna McKillop to snatch a draw with a late pointed free for St Louis.

In the second game of the series, St Killian’s made the early running and were unlucky not to be further ahead than 0-2 to 0-1, both points coming from Orla McAlister. With the last attack, Maghera surged forward and Ellen McCormick won a free that was converted for another draw.

That meant that the last game between St Killian’s and St Louis was a winner takes all decider. The Garron Tower side seemed to sense it more than the Ballymena girls and they imposed themselves on the play from the start with McAlister shooting an early goal.

St Louis, Ballymena

Clodagh McPeake added a second and, although St Louis scored a point in reply, McPeake pulled a ground shot to the net after several saves by the St Louis goalkeeper. With McAlister adding a late free, St Killian’s were home and hosed with Abi McNeill a commanding presence in defence in front of the excellent Louise Mulholland in goals.

Although St Killian’s, and before that St MacNissi’s, have appeared in the All-Ireland Sevens series over the years, this is the first time they will travel south to contest the A grade.

St Patrick’s Maghera will play in the B All-Ireland and St Louis Ballymena in the C grade.

All three schools, as well as Cross and Passion Ballycastle, who also gave a good account of themselves in Castledawson, will be in action in the provincial semi-finals over the next few days with St Louis Ballymena taking on holders Cross & Passion in the Corn Eimhear semi-final on Monday. Maghera play St Mary’s Magherafelt in the first semi-final on Friday in Castledawson (2pm).

St Patrick’s College Maghera

Also on Friday at midday in Castledawson, St Killian’s take on St Patrick’s Keady in the Liatroim Fontenoys’ Cup semi-final with St Pius X Magherafelt waiting for them in next week’s final.