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)

McGuinness penalty pinches it for St. Gall’s


St. Gall’s 6-4  Glenavy 3-11

Photographs: Bert Trowlen

A goal from the penalty spot in injury time from Mairiosa McGuinness swung this keenly contested Intermediate Championship encounter the way of St. Gall’s and broke the hearts of an excellent Glenavy who thought they had clinched victory five minutes earlier.

Anna Mulholland had fisted a dropping ball to the St. Gall’s net in the 27th minute to give the visitors to Milltown the lead but St. Gall’s came back with one last attack and were awarded a penalty which McGuinness tucked away to earn her side victory.

Both side played some great expansive football but it was St. Gall’s ability to score goals that was to prove the difference in the end with Meabh McCurdy playing the poacher’s role to great affect for the Milltown side.

McCurdy struck for her first goal when she intercepted a slack kick-out in the 9th minute at a time when Ana Mulholland and Grainne McLaughlin had shot Glenavy into a two point lead. Mairiosa McGuinness extended the St. Gall’s lead with a point but two more points from McLaughlin and McCurdy for Glenavy had the side’s level after 24 minutes.

Three unanswered points from Meabh McCurdy, Ana Mulholland and Ellen Morgan saw the Chapel Hill side hit the front by the 29th minute with St. Gall’s kicking the final point of the half in time added on through Aveen Maginn to trail 1-2 to 0-7 at Half time.

St. Joseph’s had edged the first half exchanges but the second half was only 30 seconds old when Jenny McCavana got in for a St. Gall’s goal to edge her side a point in front.

Ellen Morgan replied with a point but when Meabh McCurdy fired home her second and her side’s third goal in the 5th minute the balance of play looked to have swung in favour of the Milltown Row girls.

Glenavy were having none of it and Ellen Morgan made a timely interception to rifle home a goal for the Chapel Hill girls and put them right back into contention and even at this early juncture it was obvious that this one was going right down to the wire.

Play was beginning to open up with the Glenavy defence continuing to look vulnerable every time the opposition got forward and Mairiosa McGuinness got on the end of a good move to score her side’s fourth goal in the 8th minute.

McGuinness added a point before Glenavy responded with a goal of their own with county player, Grainne McLaughlin showing her predatory instincts to finish a good move in the 12th minute and put her side right back into contention.

It was case of ‘blink and you might miss it’ as the St. Gall’s goal machine continued to role and Mairoisa McGuinness’ quick thinking led to her side’s fifth goal as she picked our Meabh McCurdy with a free and McCurdy applied the finish for her third major of the evening.

It was still anyone’s game but Glenavy looked to have grabbed victory from the jaws of defeat as Grainne McLaughlin fired over a couple of points and Ellen Morgan added another before Ana Mulholland climbed to fist the ball to the net with three minutes of normal time remaining.

A point from Hannah Cosgrove in reply left it finally balanced with the visitors looking to have done enough as the game edged into time added on but in a last attack the home side were awarded a penalty and McGuinness kept her cool to slot her shot to the net and give her side victory.

St. Gall’s: 1 Eimear Magorrian, 2 Clare Cosgrove, 3 Megan McGlinchey, 4 Nicole McKeown, 5 Niamh Bellew, 6 Eimear Bradley, 7 Beth Cosgrove, 8 Aveen Maginn, 9 Aoife Turley, 10 Cuisle Wilson, 11 Jenny McCavana, 12 Hannah Cosgrove, 13 Mairiosa McGuinness, 14 Meabh McCurdy, 15 Stephanie Cochrane.

Glenavy: 16 Orla McMullan, 2 Maire McStravick, 3 Cathy Scannell, Aideen McCambridge, 5 Lilly Curran, 6 Bronagh Forester, 7 Orla MacLeod, 8 Meabh Bradley, 9 Natasha O’Neill, 10 Ellen Morgan, 11 Megan McGarry, 12 Ana Mulholland, 13 Edele Christie, 14 Grainne McLaughlin, 15 Cara McGarry, 18 Grainne Fallon, 19 Geraldine McCann, 21 Ciara McCorry, 22 Ciara McLaughlin, 23 Michelle Gregory, 24 Eve McCartney

Referee: Stephen Higgins (Tir na nOg)

Johnnies advance to the last eight

Northern Property Antrim Junior Football Championship 

St Johns 3-03-0-04 Lámh Dhearg 

Kevin Herron reports from Corrigan Park 

Goals were the difference at Corrigan Park this evening as St Johns advanced to the last eight of the Northern Property Antrim Junior Football Championship with a 3-03-0-04 win over Lámh Dhearg. 

St Johns drew first blood on a bright evening at Corrigan Park and netted early on when they turned the ball over and possession was switched to Cora Magee- who drove forward and picked her spot low in the net. 

Back-to-back points followed from the Lámhs in response, Isla Annett played a precise pass through to Tiarnach Fegan to fire over the bar and converted free followed from Robyn Murray. 

Murray sent a second free between the posts midway through the half to restore parity, but the hosts regained the lead as Debbie Boyd swung a pass out to Olivia Cardwell- who dropped her shot over the bar. 

Cora Magee to attempted to add to her earlier goal- her shot was blocked down, though Luisne Adams was on hand to ensure a point was forthcoming as St Johns were 1-02-0-03 ahead at the break. 

The hosts extended their lead after the restart courtesy of a Debbie Boyd free and then found the net for the second time. 

Boyd was again instrumental in bursting in at an angle and popping the ball across before it was sent into the path of Carla Hamill to sweep home and make it 2-03-0-03. 

Robyn Murray converted her third free of the evening to ensure the Hannashtown side remained in contention with a quarter of an hour remaining.

Try as they might, they couldn’t find the elusive goal that would have set up a grandstand finish and in the end the Johnnies would secure a third goal in time added on. 

Niamh Hamill forced a turnover and switched possession to Cora Magee who unselfishly supplied Cora Burns with the simple task of firing in at the near post to give her side a 3-03-0-04 win at the conclusion and ensure a quarter-final meeting with Sarsfields next weekend. 

St Johns : SJ McGuigan, C Carleton, C Richmond, C Conway, E Hamill, O Cardwell (0-01), E Boyd, M Laverty, N McArdle, L Adams (0-01), A Hawkins, C Hamill (1-00), D Boyd (0-01f), C Magee (1-00), C Burns (1-00). Subs: A Hesketh for O Cardwell (52), S McMahon for D Boyd (60). 

Lámh Dhearg : S McCann, C Hayes, S McCloskey, E McGarry, T Fegan (0-01), N Webb, H Kennedy, I Annett, A Larkin, R Murray (0-03f), M Donnelly, O Webb, M Diamond, C Doherty, L Smyth. Subs: J Peoples for E McGarry (25), A McKinley for M Diamond (47), M Diamond for R Murray (51), R Murray for A Larkin (60+2).