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ALLIANZ CUMANN Na mBUNSCOL GIRLS’ INDOOR FOOTBALL HEATS 7,8 and 9

Thursday 05.03.2020
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Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Thir Eoghain held the seventh of nine scheduled heats of the annual 5-a-side Girls’ Indoor Gaelic Football for Tyrone primary schools in Omagh’s superb Station Centre. A total of 7 schools competed for the honour of winning this heat. The format of the day’s play saw schools drawn in to 2 sections of 4 and 3, respectively. An extremely high level of skill and sporting behaviour was exhibited from all involved.

Section ‘A’ comprised All Saints’ P.S. Tattysallagh; Gaelscoil na gCrann, and St. Joseph’s P.S. Drumquin. It was a very tightly contested group with little separating the teams. The Tattysallagh girls battled bravely but, despite playing great stuff, fell just one point short of qualifying for the semi-finals. Instead, this honour fell to Drumquin (group winners) and the Gaelscoil An Ómaigh girls.

Section ‘B’ contained St. Caireall’s P.S. Aghyaran; St. Oliver Plunkett P.S. Beragh; St. Teresa’s P.S. Loughmacrory, and St. Patrick’s P.S. Eskra. Once again, this proved a tricky group to qualify from. However, despite giving of their best all day, the girls from Aghyaran and Beragh didn’t quite make it out of the group. Topping the section was Loughmacrory with a perfect 3 wins from 3, and Eskra also made the semi’s as runners-up in fine style.

The semi-finals saw the Section winners emerge victorious against terrific efforts from Eskra and Gaelscoil na gCrann, respectively. At this point, the stage was set for the Heat Final between St. Teresa’s P.S. Loughmacrory and St. Joseph’s P.S. Drumquin. Something had to give as both teams were unbeaten to  this point…

The final was a real nail-biter. It could have gone either way and was decided by the odd goal in three. With things on a knife-edge a second Loughmacrory goal proved decisive as St. Teresa’s, driven on by an inspired Lucy McCullagh, triumphed 2-1. However, great credit to Miss Chloe Judge’s talented Drumquin girls. They played brilliantly! Fair play to them.

Mrs. Donnelly, meanwhile, was justly delighted as her Loughmacrory girls  clinched a place in the county final next month in Cookstown’s MUSA Indoor Arena on Thursday 12 March. Now they’ve matched the boys.

Our sincere thanks to referee Brian McGinn for his expert officiating, and to Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Tyrone officer Damian Kelly for co-ordinating the day’s matches. A final word of thanks must go to the Station Centre staff.

GIRLS’ INDOOR FOOTBALL HEAT 8: Omagh

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Thir Eoghain held the penultimate heat of the annual 5-a-side Girls’ Indoor Gaelic Football for Tyrone primary schools in Omagh’s superb Station Centre. A total of 8 schools competed for the honour of winning this heat. The format of the day’s play saw schools drawn in to 2 sections of 4. As was the case in previous heats, a high level of skill and sporting behaviour was exhibited from all participants.

Section ‘A’ comprised St. Lawrence’s P.S. Fintona; St. Patrick’s P.S. Newtownstewart; Omagh Integrated P.S. and St. Scire’s P.S. Trillick. It was a very tightly contested group with little separating the teams. The Trillick and Newtownstewart girls battled bravely but, despite playing great stuff, a play-off saw them fall just short of qualifying for the semi’s. Instead, Omagh won the Section with a 100% win record whilst the Fintona girls qualified as runners-up.

Section ‘B’ contained St. Ronan’s P.S. Recarson; Gaelscoil Uí Dhochartaigh An Srath Bán; Our Lady of Lourdes P.S. Greencastle and St. Colmcille’s P.S. Carrickmore. Once again, this proved a tricky group to qualify from. However, despite giving of their best all day, the girls from Greencastle and Gaelscoil didn’t quite make it out of the group, having no luck in the play-offs. Topping the section was Recarson with 3 wins from 3. As runners-up,Carrickmore also made the semi’s.

The first semi-final between Omagh Integrated P.S. and Carrickmore promised much, and this certainly was the case. Goals flew in as the match ended 3-3 after normal time. Extra-time was required, and it was here where Carmen scored the winning goals to book their place in the Heat Final (5-4).The Omagh girls can be very proud after having a brilliant tournament.

The second semi-final also produced a goal-fest. After six goals being scored, it was Fintona who prevailed 4-2 over a gallant Recarson side. Fair play to the Recarson girls – you were a class act.

It was no surprise that we had a cracking final between St. Colmcille’s P.S. Carrickmore and St. Lawrence’s P.S. Fintona. Yes, you guessed it, the game went to extra-time after a 2-2 draw in normal time. Somehow Carmen found an extra gear to triumph 5-2. However, great credit to Master McMullan’s talented Fintona girls. They played superbly – very well done!

Master Emmet O’ Neill, meanwhile, was delighted as his Carrickmore girls matched their boys in clinching a place in the county final in Cookstown’s MUSA Indoor Arena on Thursday 12 March.

Our sincere thanks to referee Brian McGinn for his expert officiating, and to Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Tyrone and Ulster officer Patrick McGivernfor coordinating the day’s matches. A final word of thanks must go to the friendly staff at the Station Centre.

That’s eight of the nine county final berths safely filled – bring on the last heat!


GIRLS’
INDOOR FOOTBALL HEAT 9: Omagh

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Thír Eoghain today held the last heat of the annual 5-a-side Girls’ Indoor Gaelic Football for Tyrone primary schools in Omagh’s Station Centre. A total of 7 schools competed for the honour of winning this particular heat. The format of the day’s play saw the teams being drawn into one of two sections of 4 and 3, respectively. As was the case in previous heats, a high level of skill and sporting behaviour was exhibited from all involved.

Section ‘A’ had teams from Castlederg’s St. Patrick’s P.S; Christ The King P.S. Strathroy; St. Conor’s P.S. Omagh, and St. Mary’s P.S. Melmount, Strabane. Strathroy and Strabane played their hearts out before falling just short of qualifying. Meanwhile, a powerful St. Conor’s P.S. side played impressively to top the group and seal a semi-final place. They were followed into the semi-finals by St. Patrick’s P.S as runners-up.

Section ‘B’ comprised teams from Holy Family P.S. Omagh; St. Dympna’s P.S. Dromore, and St. Mary’s P.S. Killyclogher. Despite playing some great stuff Killyclogher’s efforts would ultimately go unrewarded. This was due in no small part to the endeavours of Dromore who topped their section. Runners-Up Holy Family also managed to seal a semi-final spot.

The semi-finals, whilst keenly contested, went the way of the respective Section winners. St. Dympna’s P.S. squeezed-out a narrow 2-1 win over a brave Castlederg challenge, whilst St. Conor’s P.S. Omagh proved just too strong for a gallant St. Mary’s P.S. Strabane with a 3-1 result.

The final between Omagh and Dromore was eagerly anticipated, as both schools were unbeaten thus far.  The tension increased as a coin toss win meant St. Dympna’s got to play the Heat Final in their school strip. The Omagh girls wore fluorescent bibs. Having had a brilliant tournament, the Dromore team just ran into an inspired St. Conor’s side. Therefore, on this occasion, St. Dympna’s were to be denied. Never-the-less, well played girls – a team worth watching come the outdoor leagues, no doubt!

Masters Grugan and Logue, meanwhile, were delighted as their Omagh girls clinched victory and, more importantly, a place in the Co. Final next week in Cookstown’s Indoor MUSA. We congratulate these talented girls and wish them well as they join the qualifying schools from the other Tyrone heats.

Our sincere thanks to referee Brian McGinn for his expert officiating, and to Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Thír Eoghain and Uladh officer Pat McGivern for co-ordinating the day’s matches. A final word of thanks must go to the friendly staff at the Station Centre for their hospitality all week.

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