Second half goals send Aldergrove to Junior Championship title


Aldergrove 5-10  Moneyglass 2-11

Four second half goals paved the way for a convincing win for St. James’ Aldergrove over St. Ergnat’s Moneyglass in this LGFA Junior Football final on Saturday. The Crumlin girls led 1-4 to 0-5 at half time with their goal coming from Nicole Jones in the 8th minute but Moneyglass finished the half strongly after a slow start and were well in contention at the break.

Aldergrove found another gear in the second half however with Nicole Jones striking her second goal in the 33d minute and Caitlin Taggart, Katie McArt and Emma McArt all rattling the Moneyglass net as they pushed on for an excellent victory.

Aldergrove made the early running and two points from Aoife Taggart, either side of Nicole Jones opening goal saw them lead 1-2 to 0-0 after 9 minutes and it would be another 5 minutes before Alicia McAuley raised St. Ergnat’s first white flag.

Dannielle Connolly, Ciara O’Boyle and Alica McAuley add further point for Moneyglass by the 24th minute to close the gap to one and they looked to be getting on top but Aldergrove replied through Caitlin Taggart and Aoife Taggart to move three in front.

The final score of the half fell to Alica Boyd who pointed in the 29th minute for the girls in yellow to leave just two in it in favour of the Crumlin girls at the break and the scene looked set for a tight second half.

Once again it was St. James’ who grabbed the initiative at the start of the second half and the excellent |Nicole Jones fired home her second goal with only three minutes gone with Caitlin Taggart, Aoife Taggart and Emma McArt adding points to move the girls in Red 8 ahead by the 38th minute.

As in the first half, St. Ergnat’s found it difficult to get going but they did come back with points from Ciara O’Boyle and two from Niamh McKeefry by the 44th minute to give their support some hope as we entered the final quarter.

Those hopes were quickly dashed as St. James came back with a vengeance as they hit three goals in a six minutes spell between the 46th and 52 minute through Caitlin Taggart and the McArt’s to put the game firmly to bed.

Niamh McKeefry 0-2, and Michelle Mullin added consolation points for he Marian Hill girls with Aoife McTaggart and Emma McArt completing the scoring for an excellent Aldergrove side to run out convincing winners.

Aldergrove: 1 Lucy Simpson, 2 Alannah McMaster, 3 Anna Crossan, 4 Bronach Mallon, 5 Aine Kelly, 6 Paula McMasterson, 7 Rebecca Marquess, 8 Colleen McGuinness, 9 Katie Rose Bell, 10 Roisin Crossan, 11 Nicole Jones, 12 Caitlin Taggart, 13 Aoife Taggart, 14 Anna McBride, 15 Emma McArt, 16 Katie McArt, 17 Caoimhe Bell, 18 Sophie Nugent, 19 Mia Dunlon, 20 Edel Neeson, 21 Meabh Rooney, 22 Orla Rooney, 23 Shannon McGarry, 24 Grace O’Neill, 25 Clare Hanna, 26 Bronagh McGuinness

Moneyglass: 1 Emily McCVoy, 2 Orla Rooney, 3 Geraldine Campbell, 4 Erin Duffin, 5 Alicia McAuley, 6 Danielle Duffin, 7 Katie Scullin, 8 Niamh Neeson, 9 Danielle Connolly, 10 Alica Boyd, 11 Niamh McKeefry, 12 Gemma Laverty, 13 Michelle Mullin, 14 Beverly Graffin, 15 Orlaith McAteer, 17 Cara McKeefry, 19 Annie Griffin, 20 Molly Gribbin, 21 Ciara O’Boyle, 22 Leah Cassidy, 24 Katie McCloskey

Jo-Jo fires St. Ergnat’s to title

LGFA U16 Championship final

St. Ergnat’s 5-14 St. Paul’s 1-10

Josephine (Jo-Jo) Darragh struck an impressive 2-6 as St. Ergnat’s Moneyglass claimed the U16 ladies title with a win over St. Paul’s at Dunsilly on Tuesday night. The talented centre-half-forward was the outstanding player in an excellent all round Moneyglass side with Leah Cassidy at mid-field another who caught the eye for the South West girls

First half goals from Leah Cassidy, Leah Stewart and Jo Jo Darragh paved the way for a Moneyglass victory over old adversaries, St. Paul’s in the ladies U16 Football final. St. Ergnat’s took the game to their opponents from early in the game and looked in a strong position when they led 3-7 to 1-6 at the interval.

St. Paul’s gave it everything and an early goal from Cara McCleave gave them a good start to the game and despite trailing by 7 at the interval they still looked well in contention but when Darragh struck her second and her side’s fourth goal early in the second half it looked a long way back for the Shaw’s Road girls.

The ‘Hoops’ never gave up but significantly, failed to score in the final quarter and a 5th goal from Leah Cassidy in injury time saw the Marian Hill side celebrate another title in what has already been an excellent season for the Moneyglass girls.

Moneyglass scorers: Josephine Darragh 2-6, Leah Cassidy 2-1, Leag Stewart 1-1, Ruby McErlain 0-1, Molly Gribbin 0-1

St. Paul’s scorers: Cara McCleave 1-0, Orlaith Walker 0-4, Orleigha McGuinness 0-3, Aishling Hyndman 0-2, Kella McAllister 0-1

Moneyglass: 1 Siobhan Magee, 2 Eve Bradley, 3 Katie O’Boyle, 4 Aibhe O’Boyle, 5 Aoife McGroggan, 6 Katie McCloskey, 7 Caitlin Graffin, 8 Maria McNally, 9 Leah Cassidy, 10 Orlaith McAteer, 11 Josephine Darragh, 12 Cara McKeefry, 13 Ruby McErlain, 14 Annie Griffin, 15 Leah Stewart, 17 Molly Gribbin, 18 Nicole Graham, 19 Katie McAlister, 20 Aoibhinn McKeefry, 21 Olivia Marron, 22 Aedin Vallely, 23 Georgia Kearney, 24 Aoibheann Mullen, 25 Meaghan McCann

St. Paul’s: 1 Amy Murray, 2 Clodagh Mervyn, 3 Maeve Devlin, 4 Aoife Sullivan, 5 Nicole Munce, 6 Enya Daye, 7 Aoife Mervyn, 8 Dairine Phillips, 9 Hannah Murray, 10 Aisling Hyndman, 11 Orlaigh Walker, 12 Orleigha McGuinness, 13 Kella McAllister, 14 Cara McCleave, 15 Erin Elliott, 16 Eimear Devlin, 17 Saorlaith Brennan, 18 Cora Leigh McKeown, 19 Laoise Morgan, 20 Aoibhin Ni Dhuibhfinn. 21 Ella Fallon, Anna Herdman

Goals the difference as St. Ergnat’s advance

LGFA U16 Semi-Final

Moneyglass 3-9 Gort Na Mona 0-8

Moneyglass advanced to the LGFA U16 final when they defeated a spirited Gort na Mona in the semi-final on Tuesday night and now go forward to meet St. Paul’s in next Tuesday’s decider. Goals from Maria McNally, Leah Stewart and player of the match, Jo-Jo Darragh, set the foundations for a fairly comprehensive victory but the Turf Lodge girls should be commended for their contribution over the hour.

Darragh got St. Ergnat’s on their way with a point in the 4th minute but Gort na Mona were giving as good as they got during the early exchanges and replied through mid-fielder, Casey Meighan to draw level with 10 minutes gone.

Leah Stewart for Moneyglass and Nicole Dobbin for the ‘Gorts’ exchanged points before Josephine Darragh and Cara McKeefry replied with further points for the South West girls by the 16th minute as they began to take control.

St. Ergnat’s pushed on strongly during the second quarter and a goal from Maria McNally in the 18th minute put a bit of distance between the sides with Leah Stewart adding a point and finishing the half with a goal and Mia Mills replying with two points for the Belfast girls to leave the half time score 2-5 to 0-4 in favour of Moneyglass.

Orla McNulty for Gort na Mona and Josephine Darragh for Moneyglass exchanged further points at the start of the second half but Jo-Jo for the Marian Hill side was beginning to stamp her class on proceedings and she struck with her side’s third goal in the 44th minute to put them in a strong position going into the final quarter.

The same player added two further points and another from Katie Kearney put the contest out of reach of a Gort na Mona side who battled right to the final whistle and were rewarded with points from the excellent Mia Mills 0-2 and Orla McNulty to bring their total to 8 for the hour.

Moneyglass: 1 Siobhan Maguire, 2 Aoife McGrogan, 3 Katie O’Boyle, 4 Aibhe O’Boyle, 5 Nicole Graham, 6 Katie McCloskey, 7 Caitlin Griffin, 8 Leah Cassidy, 9 Maria McNally, 10 Ruby McErlain, 11 Orlaith McAteer, 12 Cara McKeefry, 13 Josephine Darragh, 14 Leah Stewart, 15 Annie Griffin

Gort na Mona: 1 Holly McGahey, 2 Aoibh Bradley, 3 Rhianna Morton, 4 Katie Kearney, 5 Seana Bradley, 6 Chloe Lennon, 7 Darcy Ward, 8 Casey Meighan, 9 Nicole Dobbin, 10 Orla McNulty, 11 Mia Mills, 12 Cara Nolan, 13 Chloe Boyd Munce, 14 Demi McGreevy, 15 Grace McConway

Referee: Fionnula Murphy

Mulholland inspires Glenavy victory


Glenavy 3-11 Gort na Mona 0-9

Photographs: Bert Trowlen

Another fine exhibition of scoring from county player, Grainne McLaughlin and an outstanding midfield performance from Ana Mulholland inspired Glenavy to victory over a battling Gort na Mona in the LGFA IFC at Chapel Hill on Monday night.

The Enright Park girls played their part in an excellent game of attacking football and indeed led 0-2 to 0-0- after 13 minutes through Aobhin Enright and Jordan McCullough as Glenavy took a time to settle into their stride.

Grainne McLaughlin finally got the Chapel Hill side on their way when she pointed a long range free in the 15th minute but Gort na Mona were shading matters at this stage and Blaithin NicCathail edged them back two in front from the resulting kick-out.

Slowly though the home side started to get on top and two points from McLaughlin and another from Megan McGarry edged them one in front by the 19th minute but Gort na Mona were still holding their own and replied with a point from Ciaran Maguire to draw level once more.

From the resulting kick-out Glenavy worked the ball through the hands with Megan McGarry restoring their lead before Michelle Gregory finished a great flowing movement to the Gort na Mona net in the 29th minute to put her side in a commanding position at half time when they led 1-7 to 0-4

The second half was only seconds old when Megan McGarry extended the Glenavy lead with a point and then mid-field dynamo, Ana Mulholland fielded the ball before sending a long range pass into Grainne McLaughlin in the 4th minute and she turned and struck a great goal to put more daylight between the sides.

It looked a long way back for Gort na Mona at this stage but they showed tremendous fighting spirit as they came back strongly with unanswered points from Aoibhin Enright, Ciara Maguire 0-2, and Blaithin Nic Cathail by the 12th minute to give themselves some hope.

Grainne McLaughlin replied with a point from play and followed from a pointed free to move the home side 8 in front and they looked home and dry but Gort na Mona came back again and Ciara Maguire looked to be in for a goal but had her shot pushed over by Orla Mullin in the Glenavy goal.

It proved to be the visitors last score and it was Glenavy who had the last say when the strong running Anna Mulholland raced through for a great individual goal in injury time to put the icing on a fine personal performance.

Glenavy: 16 Orla Mullin, Maire McStravick, 3 Cathy Scannell, 4 Aideen McCambridge, 5 Lilly Curran, 6 Orla McLeod, 7 Geraldine McCann, 8 Ana Mulholland, 9 Natasha O’Neill, 10 Bronagh Forester, 11 Grainne McLaughlin, 12 Megan McGarry, 13 Cara McGarry, 14 Michelle Gregory, 15 Edele Christie

Gort na Mona: 1 Aisling McCaffrey, 2 Katie Ervine, 3 Carla Scannell, 4 Emily Kearns, 5 Caoimhe Delaney, 6 Gabrielle Monaghan, 7 Tiernagh Elle, 8 Mia Gregory, 9 Caitlin Fryer, 10 Blaithin Nic Cathail, 11 Aoibhin Enright, 12 Jeyda Rooney, 13 Jordan McCullough, 14 Ciara Maguire, 15 Duailtin Nic Cathail

Referee: Brenan Toland (Lamh Dhearg)

St. Paul’s win group opener despite battling St. Brigid’s performance


St. Paul’s 2-12 St. Brigid’s 0-11

Photographs: Elaine Kelly

This year’s ladies SFC contains just three teams, Moneyglass, St. Paul’s and St. Brigid’s with each team playing each other in a group stage game and the top two playing off in the final. At the weekend St. Paul’s and St. Brigid’s met in first game of the group stages and turned in an entertaining game of football.

It looked in the balance at half time with only an Ellie Murphy goal for St. Paul’s separating the sides and we looked set for a close second half given the first half performance of the Musgrave Park side.

Laura Agnew led the St. Brigid’s challenge and converted their first four points, 0-3 from frees and their first from play in the 16th minute and Mary Mitchell completed the first half scoring with a point in the 24th minute to bring their first half total to 0-5.

The impressive Lara Dahunsi got the ball rolling with a point for St. Pauls with Ellie Murphy following with another before the corner-forward got in for the game’s opening goal at the end of the opening quarter.

Murphy’s goal separated the protagonists at half time with Fionnghula Rocks and Aine Turbity to the fore for the Shaw’s Road girls.

St. Brigid’s battled hard to get back into contention during the second half but an Orleigha McGuinness goal for the ‘Hoops’, ten minutes into the second half gave them a strong hold on the game as they pushed on to win by 7 points.

St. Brigid’s never gave up the ghost and added a further six points to their first half total with Hanna Donaghy, Laura Agnew 0-2, Aoife McKeever, Theresa Melon and Emma Ferron all on target but St. Paul’s were always able to find a response and now look favourites to join Moneyglass in the final.

Ellie Murphy led the way for St. Paul’s with 1-2 while Orleigha McGuinness 1-1, Fionnghula Rocks, 0-2, Lara Dahunsi, Cara Mervyn, Hannah Doherty, Aine Turbity, Niamh Enright, Saoirse Tennyson and Niamh Ritchie were all on target for the winners.

St. Paul’s: 1 Shauna Murphy, 2 Caoimhe Stewart, 3 Emma Kelly, 4 Gemma McGourty, 5 Maria Hanna, 6 Saoirse Tennyson, 7 Niamh Ritchie, 8 Lara Dahunsi, 9 Aine Turbity, 10 Niamh Ni Ionnrachtaigh, 11 Hanna Doherty, 12 Stacey McCann, 13 Cara Mervyn, 14 Fionnghuala Rocks, 15 Ellie Murphy, 19 Orleigha McGuinness

St. Brigid’s: 1 Julie Curran, 2 Cliodhna McGrady, 3 Maeve Blaney, 4 Enya Boyce, 5 Caoimhe Hefferon, 6 Aileen McDonnell, 7 Cora Leonard, 8 Bronagh King, 9 Theresa Mellon, 10 Laura Agnew, 11 Emma Ferron, 12 Ciara Austin, 13 Hanna Donaghy, 14 Mary Mitchell, 15 Aoife McKeever

Referee: Gerard Duggan (Creggan)