St. Joseph’s Glenavy edged out St. Enda’s in an exciting U13 Football Shield final on Sunday at Aghagallon. Glenavy opened with a point but the Glengormley side hit three unanswered points to put themselves 0-3 to 0-1 ahead. Glenavy settled into their rhythm however with some excellent defensive work and counter attacks, causing a lot of turn over ball and interceptions which saw the Chapel Hill youngster hit 1-5 before St. Enda’s relied with a goal just before half time.
Half Time Score: Glenavy 1-6 St. Enda’s 1-3
St. Enda’s were first out of the blocks in the second half and hit the first two points to close the gap to the minimum with both sides then trading further points. St. Joseph’s began to get on top at thios stage and a period of sustained pressure saw them score two goals which has been a feature of their play throughout the league.
The Glengormley side weren’t finished however and they hit back with three points and added a goal to put the game right back in the melting pot but that was as close as they got and in the end Glenavy’s stronger defence and ability to hit on the counter-attack proved the difference between the sides.
The Glenavy u14s lost out in their semi-final v Lamh Dhearg to suffer only their second loss in a very successful season for the girls. After going through the league campaign without a loss, they ran into a well drilled & talented bunch of girls from Hannahstown this afternoon. After a very even start the tone was set for a goal-fest in the misly conditions in Hannahstown. The girls from Chapel Hill, took the lead for the first time with a well taken goal to put the score 2-0 to 1-2 in Glenavy’s favour. This would be the only time the Glenavy girls would be in front, as the team from 2 divisions above began to find their scoring touch. Trying as hard as they could to match their opponents, the scoreline began to increase & at the half-time interval it was double scores in favour of LD, 6-4 to 3-2.Shooting into the wind and chasing an 11 point deficit was aways going to be a tall order for the Glenavy girls, and so it proved. The scores began to come much easier for the Hannahstown girls, and the fight had been truly knocked out of the girls in orange. In a last quarter, with a glut of substitutions, Glenavy gained a well earned lift with a few late goals & finished the game, and the season with their heads held high.
After a final defeat in the ladies football final on Saturday all eyes turned to Sunday’s camogie for the ladies of St. John’s who welcomed Armoy to Corrigan Park on a wet afternoon.
St. John’s were left without 5 regulars from the team due to the football on Saturday. Armoy got off to a great start leading 0-3 0-1 at the first water break and it looked like they would push on. St. John’s managed to hang in there with top performances from Carrie-Ann Fitzsimmons, Aislinn Quinn & Caoimhe Morgan in the full back line along with Sinead Lagan in goal. Aishling Jackson Hawkins showed great leadership throughout the game and excelled from both placed balls and from play in the first half which seen the Corrigan park side leading 0-6 0-5 at half time.
The second half was just as nail biting as the first with the conditions getting that bit more difficult to play Camogie in. Credit to both teams who continued to produce epic team play and scores. St. John’s looked to be heading to the semi-final as they were leading 1-10 0-10 with 4 minutes into injury time but a long ball dropped into the square and it was well finished by Armoy which took the game to all square. The Armoy crowd let a cheer out under the stand. Referee Sean Elliot blew the game up. 1-10 1-10 at the full time whistle. Extra time.. St John’s came out in the first half of extra time with another game and the introduction of Siantelle Boyd & Cerara Carlton added a bit of energy to the team. Uná Simpson was solid at the back clearing any kind of threat that Armoy had to offer whilst Aisling Jackson scored some inspiring points. Hannah McGuigan who was pushed into full forward caught a high ball on the 21, turned her marker and drove the sliotar over the bar to secure a 1-14 1-10 victory for St.John’s.
A great display from both teams and a great atmosphere in Corrigan Park on Sunday afternoon. St. John’s will now go on to play Cushendall on Saturday next.
Cushendall 2nds had a big win over their Portglenone counterparts in Sunday’s Junior Camogie Championship game at Pairc Mhuir.
Points from Lara Haughey and Niamh Conlon gave Cushendall and early lead, before Aoibh Vallely pulled one back for the visitors. After that Cushendall took charge and two goals from Chloe McAuley and one from Caoimhe O’Hara helped Cushendall to a 3-5 to 0-1 lead at half time.
The second half was a similar pattern for though Portglenone got the first score through Sinead McKeever Cushendall resumed control and goals from Una McAlister and Coimhe O’Hara were followed by five points from play by Ellie Jo Butler as Cushendall secured a semi-final spot.
St. Gall’s took another step in the direction of the U20 FC title when they defeated Naomh Bríd at Milltown on Saturday.
The home side looked home and dry at the halfway stage when they led 1-8 to 0-2 at half time as they controlled the opening half but Naomh Bríd showed considerable improvement after the break without ever looking like getting anything from the game.
They matched St. Gall’s score for score in the third quarter with the difference between the sides still nine going into the final quarter and the visitors kept going to the end despite the inevitable outcome.
Naomh Brid outscored St. Gall’s 0-5 to 0-2 during the closing quarter but by that stage the damage had already been done and the Milltown Row side now sit proudly on top of Group 1 with three wins from three starts.
While other clubs appear to have little appetite for this competition St. Gall’s have embraced it and taken the opportunity to develop players for the future and quite a number of this side will be in action for their seniors in this Saturday’s SFC quarter-final meeting with Cargin at St. Enda’s