Prenter untouchable as St. Ergnat’s relentless run continues

LGFA DIVISION 1

St. Ergnat’s 6-20 St. Brigid’s 1-6

Moneyglass Ladies maintained their unbeaten run as they relentlessly persue another title and St. Brigid’s were the latest to feel the scoring force of the St. Ergnat’s ladies.Orla Prenter led the way for the league leaders with 2-3 and Cathy Carey and Aine Devlin found the net as Charlie O’Kane’s side led 4-11 to 0-3 at the break.

Prenter was virtually untouchable during the opening half but any notion that she or her side would take their foot of the gas for the second half were soon dismissed as she went on to add 2-4 to her first half total.

Although never giving up the ghost the Musgrave Park girls had no answer to the rampant Moneyglass though to their credit they never gave up and added 1-3 to their total to finish the game with 1-6, a total that would have tested lesser opposition.

McLaughlin hat-trick paves way for Glenavy win

Ladies LGFA Leasgue division 1

Glenavy 4-10 Moneyglass B 1-5

A superb hat-trick by county player Grainne McLaughlin in the opening 21 minutes paved the way for a Glenavy win over Moneyglass B in the ladies LGFA Division 1 at Chapel Hill. McLaughlin looked to have opened the scoring in Glenavy’s first attack but her shot tailed just wide but it wasn’t long before the talented number 11 adjusted her sites.

The St. Joseph’s girls went ahead as McLaughlin pointed but Moneyglass served notice of their intent when they hit back to take the lead through their best forward, Aine Scullion who fired over in the 7th and 12th minutes.

That would be the only time the visitors led with Glenavy responding with a great team goal from Grainne McLaughlin and she went on to add two more majors to leave her side leading 3-3 to 1-2 at the break, Helen Morgan and McLaughlin the St. Joseph’s point scorers and the St. Ergnat’s goal coming from Gemma Laverty in the final minute of the opening half.

Moneyglass were battling to keep in touch and as the second half got under way the impressive Aine Scullin pointed to give them renewed hope but Glenavy replied in devastating fashion with Helen Morgan firing home their fourth goal with only two minutes gone.

Enya Carey replied with a point for the visitors but the momentum was now very much with the Chapel Hill girls as they hit the next four points through Grainne McLaughlin 0-2, Helen Morgan and Lilly Curran to move 4-8 to 1-4 ahead by the 17th minute and it looked all over at this stage.

Emily McCoy in the Moneyglass goal pulled off a superb save to deny the home side as they began to turn the screw and Natasha O’Neill and Grainne McLaughlin added points for the home side either side of a point from the excellent Scullin for the visitors to conclude the scoring.

Glenavy: 2 Lilly Curran, 3 Cathy Scannell, 4 Geraldine McCann, 5 Mary McStravick, 6 Megan McGarry, 7 Aideen McCambrige, 8 Meabh Bradley, 9 Natasha O’Neill, 10 Bronagh Forrester, 11 Grainne McLaughlin, 12 Cara McGarry, 13 Orlatrh McClinton, 14 Eileen Morgan, 15 Orla MacLeod, 16 Orlagh Mullin, 17 Courtney Murray, 18 Ciara McCorry, 19 Eva Cafolla, 20 Ruby McKenna, 22 Grace McCallum, 23 Ciara McLaughlin, 24 Grainne Fallon, 25 Emma O’Neill

Moneyglass: 1Emily McCoy, 2 Enya Carey, 3 Geraldine Campbell, 4 Ciara O’Boyle, 5 Cara McKeefry, 6 Saoirse McErlain, 7 Niamh Neeson, 8 Alicia Boyd, 9 Niamh McKeefry, 10 Gemma Lavery, 11 Danielle Connolly, 12 Aine Scullin, 13 Michelle Mullin, 14 Anna McCann, 15 Marie Dobbin, 18 Anna Griffin, 19 Nicole Cassidy

Special day for Meabh at Clones on Saturday

Saturday was a very special day for 15 year old student and Scór competitor Meabh McNeill from Lámh Dhearg.  Meabh had the honour of singing Amhrán na bhFiann at the LGFA All Ireland Semi Final in Clones.  The occasion was made even more special by the fact that she was accompanied by the famous Artane Band.

Meabh is the current All Ireland Scór na nÓg solo singing champion and is a great ambassador for Scór in the County. Meabh was delighted, that through Scór, she was given this amazing opportunity.  Her family, club and County are extremely proud of her.

Saffrons suffer defeat as Wee County gain revenge

TG4 All-Ireland Junior Ladies Football semi-final

Antrim 1-05-3-15 Louth

From Kevin Herron at St Tiernach’s Park, Clones

Antrim’s hopes of reaching the TG4 All-Ireland junior football final were ended on Saturday afternoon as Louth shot the Saffrons down with a 3-15-1-05 win in the semi-final at Clones.

The wee County were in control of the contest and led 0-06-0-01 before Lara Dahunsi gave her side renewed hope with a goal before the break.

But an injury to inspirational captain Saoirse Tennyson early in the second-half was a major body-blow to Sean O’Kane’s side who only managed two second-half points in comparison to a dominant Louth side that hit 3-05 with a brace from Kate Flood and another from substitute Lauren Boyle.

The Saffrons preparations for the game were less than ideal as an injury to Mairead Cooper saw the St Pauls forward miss out and the scheduling of the Antrim club Championship meant that Sean O’Kane’s charges missed a week of training in the build-up to their biggest game of the season.

Louth were keen to avenge April’s semi-final League defeat at the same venue and opened the scoring through a converted Kate Flood free.

Cathy Carey levelled proceedings from the same scenario but the wee County were the more clinical of the sides in the opening exchanges.

Rebecca Carr restored her sides advantage with Louth’s second free of the afternoon and Kate Flood doubled her account with a fine point that curled over the bar.

A second converted free from Flood was followed by a double from Niamh Rice as Antrim trailed 0-06-0-01 with 19 minutes on the clock.

Despite the Saffrons best attempts in attack – they were unable to penetrate through a strong Louth defence and Aoife Russell was often on-hand to turn defence to attack.

With little over ten minutes until the break Antrim were gifted a lifeline. Louth keeper Una Pearson was slow to react to the loose ball on the edge of the 6-yard box and Lara Dahunsi scooped the ball up and lofted it high into the empty net to close the gap and make it 0-06-1-01.

Kate Flood replied with her third converted free of the half, though back to back points from Dahunsi and a Cathy Carey closed the deficit to the bare minimum.

Louth were to end the half strongly however and tagged on three unanswered points before the break.

Susan Byrne, Eimear Byrne and a second point from Rebecca Carr gave their side a 0-10-1-03 lead and but for an outstanding save from Anna McCann to deny Carr – things could have been worse for the Saffrons.

Any hopes of an Antrim fightback were dealt a hammer-blow early in the second-half as captain Saoirse Tennyson collapsed in agony with a knee injury – the stretcher was required and manager Sean O’Kane was forced into a reshuffle, introducing Caoimhe Stewart.

When play resumed again it was Cathy Carey who forged the opening score of the half through a converted free, however it would be 17 minutes before the Saffrons next white flag was raised and in-between Louth stretched their advantage.

Centre-half back Michelle McMahon popped the ball over in response to Carey’s free and Rebecca Carr conjured up her third point of the afternoon.

Louth then took a massive step towards victory with their opening goal of the game – it came through a familiar face in Kate Flood and gave the wee-County a 1-12-1-04 lead.

Aine Tubridy shot over the bar in response and it would prove to be the Saffrons final score of a disappointing afternoon.

They did have the chance to register a consolation goal after Lara Dahunsi was felled in the area, though Orla Corr was denied by Pearson in the Louth goal.

Kate Flood top-scored on the afternoon with 2-06 – at the end of her sides All-Ireland campaign Flood will travel Down Under to ply her trade for Australian Football outfit Fremantle Freo and on the basis of her performance Freo have signed an outstanding talent.

Flood confidently kicked two further placed balls and secured her sides third goal before the whistle – the other strike coming from Lauren Boyle, who was only fit to make an appearance from the bench but ended the game with 1-01 to her name.

At the end of a one-sided second period it was Louth who were able to celebrate reaching back to back junior finals and the Leinster champions will take on Fermanagh in the September 15th decider at Croke Park.

It was a disappointing end to what has been a promising campaign for Sean O’Kane’s charges who just missed out on promotion and clinched the Ulster Championship in the Tyrone natives first year in charge.

Antrim: A McCann, S Haughey, E Kelly, N Killen, M Hanna, C Brown, K Farren, S Tennyson, A McFarland, L Dahunsi (1-01), O Corr, N Enright, C Carey (0-03, 0-02f), E Magee, A Tubridy (0-01). Subs: C Stewart for S Tennyson (36 mins); M McGourty for N Enright (49 mins); C Taggart for K Farren (51 mins); A Taggart for O Corr (53 mins); N Webb for A McFarland (55 mins).

Louth: U Pearson, E Hand, S Quinn, S McLoughlin, C Nolan, M McMahon (0-01), A Breen, E Boyle (0-01), A Byrne, R Carr (0-03, 0-01f), S Byrne (0-01), A Russell, J McGuinness, K Flood (2-06, 0-05f), N Rice (0-02). Subs: D Osborne for A Russell (30 mins); L Boyle (1-01) for J McGuiness (38 mins); S Woods for A Byrne (43 mins); A Halligan for A Breen (54 mins); S Matthews for E Hand (54 mins).

Referee: Siobhan Coyle (Donegal)

Keeping it in the family

Featured Photograph: Anna, Christine, Sarah and Laura McCann who were part of the Moneyglass squad who lost to St. Paulsd in the Antrim SFC semi-final

Photographs: Elaine Kelly

When Moneyglass lined out against St. Paul’s in last week’s Ladies Senior Football championship semi-final there was a strong family connection within the St. Ergnat’s ranks.

Four McCann sisters, Anna, Christine(Webb), Sarah and Laura were all part of the Moneyglass Senior squad while another sister, Martine,  who is usually in the senior squad and not in this photo,  choose not to play this season due to her studying commitments in veterinary . The girl’s father Martin, of McCann Flooring is the sponsor of the senior ladies away kit which the team wore in the Championship match against St Pauls.

Great to see It’s a family affair!