Prenter to the fore as Moneyglass retain LGFA Senior Championship title

Antrim LGFA Ladies SFC Final

St Ergnats 2-18  St Pauls 1-9

Orlagh Prenter was very much to the fore as St. Ergnat’s Moneyglass repeated their success of last year when they defeated St. Paul’s in the LFFA Senior Football championship final in convincing fashion at Davitt’s on Sunday. Prenter was to amass an impressive total of 0-16 (0-14 frees) over the hour as the Marian Hill girls dominated from early in the contest to run out convincing winners in the end

St. Paul’s had been the dominant force in ladies football for nearly a decade but in recent years the balance of power has swung decisively in the direction of the South West girls who retained their senior title to add to a clean sweep of titles at juvenile level.

It was St. Paul’s who were first to threaten and Lara Dahunsi won possession from the throw in and her inch perfect pass placed Fionnghuala Rocks who looked set to open the scoring but her shot on goal sailed agonisingly to the wrong side of the post.

Had she scored then things might well have been different but it was Moneyglass who recovered from that early scare and Rebecca Bradley gave them the lead as she pointed her side ahead after six minutes to settle some early nerves and Orlagh Prenter followed with another before Fionnghuala Rocks atoned in part for her earlier miss with St. Paul’s opening score in the 10th minute.

Slowly the St. Ergnat’s girls began to assert their authority on matters and they struck with the game’s first goal in the 15th minute when defender Elanor Mallon got on the end of a pass from Orlagh Prenter to blast to the net and put her side in a commanding position.

Prenter was having a massive influence on proceeding as she fired over a number of frees before Marie O’Neill added another from play as the girls in blue started to put distance between themselves and the opposition and St. Paul’s were badly in need of a score to keep their hopes alive.

And they were given a glimmer hope just before the break as Kirsty McGuinness pointed a couple of frees to reduce her sides half-time deficit to 9 but the Shaw’s Road girls still looked to have a mountain to climb in the second half as the  half-time scoreboard read 0-6 – 2-9 in favour of Moneyglass.

St Paul’s started the second half on the front foot with Fionnghuala Rocks scoring from a free before Moneyglass were reduced to 14  after Emma Louise McAreavey  was sin-binned  as she brought down Kirsty McGuinness who looked in for a goal.

McGuinness placed the resulting penalty kick into the bottom left corner of the net, giving her side renewed hope as it cut the deficit to five points 5 points but they were unable to build on that early second half success.

It was Moneyglass who again grabbed the initiative as Orlagh Prenter replied from three converted frees as she punished some indiscipline in the St. Paul’s defence as a bit of frustration began to creep into their play.

Orlagh Prenter continued to dictate matters as St. Ergnat’s finished strongly as she pointed from over 25 yards to bring her total into double figures and it was clear at this stage that there would be no way back for the former champions.

St. Paul’s woe was increased as Caitlin McGuinness was sin-binned after dragging down Cliona Griffin inside the 21-yard line but they did keep going to the end and earned some reward as Hannah Doherty and Fionnghuala Rocks tagged on  late points but it was to prove too little too late.

And it was that girl Prtenter who would have the final say as she brought her personal total for the evening to 0-16 to leave her side convincing 12 point winners in the end to bring about scenes of rejoicing at Davitt’s Park at the final whistle.

St Ergnats: A McCann, A McCauley, E L McAreavey, S O Neill, E Mallon 1-0, R Bradley 0-1, L McCann, C Griffin, C carey, M O Neill 1-1, A Devlin, O Prenter (0-16 14 frees), B Devlin

Subs: S McErlain, A Boyd, D Connolly, G Laverty, C McKeely, O Rooney, E McCoy

St Pauls: S Murphy, C Stewart, C Brown, O McGuinness, S Tennyson, S McCann, N Burns, L Dahunsi, A Tubridy, N Nic Ionnrachtaigh, N Ritchie, C McGuinness 0-2(1 free), K McGuinness 1-2 (1 pen), F Rocks 0-4 (4 frees), H Doherty 0-1

Subs: G McGroarty, N Matthews, M Hanna, E Kelly, A Healy, M Connolly, C Mervyn, O Murray

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

LGFA SFC

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)

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.