Dominant Dunloy seal minor final win

Dunloy: 6-15(33)  Ballycastle: 2-4(10)

Dunloy clinched another Minor Camogie title at Cushendun on Sunday where they scored a big win over Ballycastle.

Totally on top during a one sided first half the Cuchullains girls were 2-8 to 0-1 ahead at the half time. Ballycastle fared a little better on the scoreboard during the second half but Dunloy always had a reply and ran out winning in the end by 23 points.

Dunloy were quick from the traps and inside the first ten minutes they had the game all but wrapped up as cousins Aine Magill and Cassie McArthur grabbed a goal each with Magill, Katie Molly and Caitlin Crawford all added points. Riana McBride pulled a point back for Ballycastle, but it was to be her side’s only score of the half and four unanswered points had them 2-8 to 0-1 at the interval.

After the change of ends Dunloy carried on where they left off and two quick goals from Aine Magill and Cassie McArthur helped them stretch their lead to 21, before Ballycastle got their first goal through Riana McBride. A further goal and a point from Aoibhean Donnely helped Ballycastle close the gap but it was to be brief respite as Cassie McArthur came back with a goal and two points.

Ballycastle came back with points from Janie McIntosh and Riana McBride but McArthur grabbed her team’s sixth goal and Kyra Doherty wrapped it all up with a point.

McCarry’s rasping goal seals it for the Shamrocks

Antrim Intermediate Camogie Championship final

Loughgiel Shamrocks 2-11 O’Donovan Rossa 1-8

An injury time goal from Charley McCarry sealed the Intermediate Camogie title for Loughgiel at the excellent Davitt Park on Saturday against a gallant Rossa team who lost out in the final for the second year running.

The Shamrocks had led for most of the game, but when Rossa came with a late run to draw level going into injury time they must have felt they were in with a great chance, but Loughgiel never panicked and they pushed on to victory with a strong finish to complete the Senior and Intermediate double for the club.

The Shamrocks went ahead early in the game when Kirsty McKendry pointed them ahead on three with a well taken score from play, but

Rossa were soon level as Orlagh McCall converted a 45. Rossa were enjoying good possession in those early stages but could not put the scores on the board and Loughgiel retook the lead with a point from Ciara Connolly. Connolly then laid on a score for Louise McKillop and former Ulster Championship winning senior captain Una McNaughton stretched the gap to three with a point from play.

Rossa were in need of a lift and it came seven minutes before the break when Carragh Shannon and Natalie McGuinness combined to send Sarah Armstrong through to set up Riona Matthews who kicked the ball to the back of the Loughgiel net.

Rossa’s tails were up at this stage but Loughgiel responded right away and Orlagh Laverty won possession to the right of the Rossa goal before firing home.

Rossa battled hard and were rewarded when Mairead Rainey pointed, but Loughgiel still held the upper hand and at the break they led 1-4 to 1-2.

Loughgiel increased their lead with a an Orlagh Laverty point early in the second half, and while Rossa closed to within two again with a Orlagh McCall point, Ciara Dobbin and Meghan McGarry came back with points for the Shamrocks to stretch their lead to four

Rossa kept themselves in contention with points from Bronagh Orchin and Natalie McGuinness to cut the gap to just one point, but Kirsty McKendry pointed for the winners to put them two clear at the second half water break. However Rossa would not go away and when Bronagh Orchin and Orlagh McCall sent over points they were back on terms by the 53rd minute.  

Hard as they tried though the Shaw’s Road girls could not get their noses in front, and when the challenge was put up to them, Loughgiel responded well. Orlagh Laverty pointed to put them back ahead and when Player of the Match Katie McKillop added a beauty from distance they were two clear. Minutes later the victory was all but sealed when substitute Charley McCarry grabbed a high delivery to fire home but Rossa made one last bid to save the game but Orlagh McCall’s rasping shot was turned over for a point and the Shamrocks were champions yet again.

LOUGHGIEL: E Boyle; M Henry, C Higgins, F McVeigh; C Boyle, K McKillop (0-1), E McGarry; L McKillop (0-1), U McNaughton (0-1); C Dobbin, M McKillen, O Laverty (1-2); C Connolly (0-1), M McGarry (0-1), K McKendry (0-3, 2 frees).

Subs: C McMullan for L McKillop (44), C McCarry (1-0) for C Connolly (55).

ROSSA: S Erskine; E McGurk, C Shannon, C McMenamin; C McNeice, N McGuinness (0-1), E Matthews; L McMullan, N Killen; O McCall (0-4, 2 frees, 1 45), M Quinn, R Matthews (1-0); S Armstrong, B Orchin (0-1, 1 free), M Rainey (0-1).

Subs: E Byrne for R Matthews (37), C Wylie for S Armstrong (46), L Slane for M Rainey (60+5).

REFEREE: Sean Elliott 

Kane goal earns Saints the title

Antrim Junior Camogie Development Final

All Saints 4-4 St. Ergnat’s 2-9

An opportunist goal from Louise Kane, four minutes from time earned All Saints victory over a determined St. Ergnat’s Moneyglass in this Antrim Junior Camogie Development final at O’Cahan Park, Portglenone today.

The Ballymena side had suffered defeat to the girls from Moneyglass earlier in the season and went into this game as underdogs but a strong opening quarter put them in a strong position as they led 1-3 to 0-2 after 13 minutes before going on to extend that lead to  2-4 to 0-4 at the half way stage.

St. Ergnat’s came back strongly in the second half however with Sinead McCoy, Niamh McKeefry and substitute Cliona Griffin driving them forward and McCoy pointed them ahead for the first time with ten minutes remaining.

Louise Kane was quickest to react when the Moneyglass defence failed to deal with a ‘45’ from Sianeese Maybin as she gathered the sliotar and drove it through a crowded goalmouth and, although Niamh McKeefry replied with a point for St. Ergnat’s to close the gap to one, that was as close as they got.

All Saints captain Sianeese Maybin pointed a couple of early frees and when Briana-Lee Cushenan pulled first time on a breaking ball to send to the net in the 10th minute the Ballymena girls were in control.

Slowly though the Marion Hill side began to gain a foothold and a couple of points from the impressive Sinead McCoy got them on their way. Lucy McGuigan replied immediately with a point for the Slemish park girls and they went on to lead by six at the half way stage with a Sianeese Maybin Rocket after 20 minutes putting them in a strong position.

Things got even better on the restart with Briana-Lee Cushenan getting her second and All Saints third goal following a similar scenario to her opener with Sianeese Maybin’s free dropping short and Cushenan there to apply the finish.

They looked set for a comfortable victory at this stage but St. Ergnat’s dug deep and slowly began to get on top. Ciara Scullin replied with a point and then Evan Casey made a last ditch block to deny Niamh McKeefry to prevent a certain goal.

The pressure was starting to pay however and McKeefry pointed from the resulting ‘45’ before Katie Scullin got in for a goal in the 9th minute and as the All Saints defence reeled, Sinead McCoy followed with another and there was only a point between the sides at the second water break.

A couple of points from the impressive Sinead McCoy saw St. Ergnat’s move one in front as the final quarter got under way and the momentum was very much with the Moneyglass girls but All Saints picked themselves up of the floor and began to take control again.

They pressed forward once more and forced another ‘45’ with team captain Maybin stepping up once more to land an inviting delivery on top of the Moneyglass defence and this time Louise Kane was the player in the right place at the right time to finish to the net and give her side a two point lead.

St. Ergnat’s came back strongly but this time the All Saints defence stood strong to concede a ‘45’ which the sweet striking Niamh McKeefry converted to leave one between the sides once more but that was as close as they got.

There were scenes of wild celebration after the game as All Saints and their supporters enjoyed their first success in camogie for quite a number of years while their opponents St. Ergnat’s sportingly remained on the field as County Secretary, Catherine Bradley presented the Cup to All Saints captain Sianeese Maybin.

All Saints: Karen Davis, Alex Spurgeon, Sinead Devine, Rhiannon McArdle, Aoibhin Cosgrove, Sinead McGarry, Eva Casey, Lucy McGuigan, CVatriona Maybin, Roisin Ward, Sianeese Maybin, Louise Kane, Aimeelee Holmes,Brian-Lee Cushenan, Laura McNally. Subs: Cliodhna Metrustry, Leah McArdle, Bronagh McKillop, Dervla Murphy, Erin McArdle, Jessica McArdle, Orla Magill.

Naomh Eargnait: Sheena Neeson, Molly Dixon, Ciara McGrath, Amy McCann, Aine Scullin, Molly McCoy, Saoirse McErlain, Megan McGlinchey, Jude McCoy, Ciara Scullin, Niamh McKeefry, Sinead McCoy, Katie Scullin, Orlaith Scullin, Hannah Murray. Subs: Cliona Griffin, Dearbhail Murray, Sarah McCann, Ciara Madden, Maeve McStocker.

Referee: John McKendry (Ballycastle)

Creggan Camogs through to Ulster semi-final

Ulster camogie – 2020 Bridie McMenamin Shield quarter-final

Creggan (Antrim) 4-13 Éire Óg (Tyrone) 0-10

CREGGAN advanced to a semi-final meeting next Saturday with Derrynoose after this comfortable win in Carrickmore on Saturday in the 2020 Bridie McMenamin Shield quarter final .

An early goal and a point from Susan McElwee set them on their way, but Creggan in most areas of the pitch simply were much stronger than the Éire Óg girls. Once they got themselves a six points’ lead by the first water break it was going to take something special to stop them.

Midfielder Aoife McAteer and Antrim minor All-Ireland forward Evanne Martin were the stand-out players for Creggan, while top-scorer Aoibhinn Daly, Ailise Coyle, Aislinn Hackett and Leanne McKernan worked hard to match them

Evanne Martin who scored 1-11 in Creggan’s Bridie McMenamin Shield quarter final against Eire Og, Tyrone

Martin’s accuracy from frees was a key ingredient of the victory and she managed to log in seven points during the opening half which ended in a 1-8 to 0-3 advantage to the Antrim side. Aoibhinn Daly was the only player to get on the mark for Éire Óg during the first half.

Ella McAteer and Martin added goals during the third quarter as Creggan increased their lead while Ruby Marie Rice completed the scoring with a late fourth goal, just after Éire Óg had scored three points in a row.

Creggan will have home venue for the semi-final against Derrynoose this Saturday.

Creggan : Evanne Martin 1-11, 0-9 frees, Susan McElwee 1-1, Ella McAteer 1-0, Ruby Marie Rice 1-0, Ciara McCollam 0-1.

Éire Óg: Aoibhinn Daly 0-8, 5 frees, Ailise Coyle 0-1, Leanne McKernan 0-1

Stone steers Gorts to Junior Shield final

Junior Camogie Shield semi-final

Gort na Móna 5-4 Armoy Glen Rovers 3-8

Gort na Móna held off a late challenge from Armoy to qualify for the final of the Junior Camogie Shield at Ahoghill on Saturday afternoon.

Two goals inside a minute from player of the match Aishling Stone and full forward Orlaith Lennon just before the second water break appeared to have wrapped it up for the Gorts but Armoy clawed their way back and were just a point behind deep into injury time, before Stone sealed the win for the Turf Lodge girls with a pointed free.

A hat-trick of goals from Stone in the first half had helped her team to a 3-3 to 2-5 lead at half time, the Armoy goals coming from Jenny Devlin and Erin ‘Clute’ McFetdrige.

Facing a strong breeze in the second half Armoy did well to draw level early with an Niamh Butler point, but disaster struck when they conceded two quick goals in the third quarter. Points from Ciara Devlin and Jennifer Devlin got them back to within two.

As the game went deep into injury time Ciara Devlin cut the gap back to just one, but they wasted two chances to draw level from late frees and Aishling Stone sealed it with a pointed free in the 12th minute of added time to seal her team’s place in the final.

GORT NA MÓNA

Coleen McAvoy, Katie Irvine, Meadhbh Donnelly, Rose Maguire, Lea Bunting, Rachieal Mulholland, Eimear Enright, Emma O’Neill, Graine O’Hare, Sara Kennedy, Anna McCann, Broghan Crossin, Aisling Stone, Orlaith Lennon, Abigail Donnelly

ARMOY

Cathy Christie, Shannon Richmond, Caitie McCaughan, Erin McMullan, Justine O’Hagan, Lucia McCormick, Niambh Butler, Catriona Devlin, Caitlin McCullough, Ciara Devlin, Una Forsythe, Emma Huey, Erin McFetridge, Chloe McArthur, Jennifer Devlin

Referee – Harry Graham