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Cappagh Through To Ladies Intermediate Final
The ladies senior and intermediate club semi finals played at Carrickmore on Sunday were packed with drama, excitement and quality as all four teams involved delivered two and a half hours of superb football laced with outstanding individual displays and moments of sheer brilliance.
When the dust had settled Cappagh had made it through to the intermediate final having come from eight points down to beat Omagh in a thrilling game 3-14 to 2-13. The senior semi final was even more dramatic with Sperrin Óg snatching a one point win over Errigal Ciaran thanks to a Shauneen Ferrity goal right at the death.
Omagh began their semi final clash with neighbours Cappagh like a team in a hurry. After Grainne Mc Cann broke through to open the scoring for Cappagh the St Endas girls settled to the task and with Aine Strain, Louise Moynagh, Christiane Hunter, Emer Mc Canny and Orlagh Mc Namee in outstanding form they were soon on the scoreboard and out in front. Mc Canny and Maeve Mc Sorley sent over a brace of points each before a strong run and fine finish from Strain put Omagh 1-4 to 0-1 ahead.
Cappagh looked all at sea in the early exchanges but two Caitlin Kelly scores settled the nerves a bit and although Ella Miller added to the Omagh tally, points from Laura Corcoran, Teri Mc Cusker and Cara O’Neill left the score a more manageable 0-6 to 1-5 for the St Enda’s girls with twenty minutes on the clock.
However the final ten minutes of the half were all about Omagh. With Christiane Hunter very much to the fore they out scored Cappagh 1-5 to two points to leave the half time score 2-10 to 0-8 in favour of the girls in white and black. Caitlin Kelly and Louise Wylie were on target for Cappagh while Hunter and Mc Canny clipped over a brace of points each and corner forward Ella Miller contributed a goal and a point to her team’s cause.
Cappagh were out early for the restart and right from the off there was a different look about them. They played with greater pace and intensity as they carried the fight to their opponents. Teri Mc Cusker hit the net with the first attack of the second half and veteran Tracy Wallace who had been introduced at half time followed that up with a great score. Caitlin Kelly converted two free kicks before getting on the end of a sweeping Cappagh move to finish to the net and put Cappagh ahead. Only ten second half minutes had elapsed but the momentum and direction of the game had changed completely.
Omagh looked shaken and after a black card decision reduced them to fourteen players the hill they faced was now looking more like a mountain.
Mc Cusker was now playing with confidence and purpose and landed a further goal and a point in the space of two minutes to increase the lead to six. Corner back Kerry Quinn found herself in an advanced position and stretched the lead to seven with a confident finish.
Omagh rang the changes, threw caution to the wind and went for broke. Hunter and Moynagh drove them forward time and again but the well organised Cappagh defence remained alert for danger and kept their opponents at arm’s length. The St Endas girls added three points to their tally courtesy of Neamh Mc Canny, Emer Mc Canny and the hard working Christiane Hunter and although there were ten added minutes at the end, Cappagh remained resolute and were deserving winners in the end on a final score of 3-14 to 2-13.
SCORERS: Cappagh- Caitlin Kelly 1-6, Grainne Mc Cann 0-1, Laura Corcoran 0-1, Teri Mc Cusker 2-2, Louise Wylie 0-1, Tracy Wallace 0-1, Kerry Quinn 0-1, Cara O’Neill 0-1.
Omagh- Emer Mc Canny 0-5, Maeve Mc Sorley 0-2, Aine Strain 1-0, Ella Miller 1-2, Neamh Mc Canny 0-1, Christiane Hunter 0-3