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Championship Win For Donaghmore Ladies

Friday 22.06.2018
Team Talk Mag
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Donaghmore 5-10  Cookstown 0-14

Three second half goals, one from the penalty spot helped ease a fancied Donaghmore through to the semi final of the intermediate championship after the St Patrick’s enjoyed a relatively comfortable win against Cookstown who will rue a raft of missed chances after the break.

It was nip and tuck through the opening quarter with Cookstown pushing into an early lead only to be pegged back. The sides were level twice before a crucial first goal for Donaghmore opened a four point gap. A shot from Niamh Mc Crystal hit the post and the rebound fell kindly to Beth Moore who rolled the ball past Caiomhe Meeke.

The Fr Rocks response was swift though with Aishlin Devlin and Annie Nugent points closing the gap to one heading into the final minutes of the half. There was a twist to the tie when an speculative long ball from Niamh Mc Crystal after good work By Emma Hegarty was misjudged by the Cookstown keeper and found its way to the net. Solid defensive work from Rhiannon Quinn prevented an even later Cookstown goal and the sides went in at the break with Donaghmore holding a four point lead.

After the restart Donaghmore found their goal under siege as Cookstown took the game to them. This was a remarkable eleven minute spell of dominance but it only produced two points as Fr Rocks hit six wides and saw a goal chance cleared off the line by a combination of Quinn and goalkeeper Mc Nulty.

With two points now separating the sides another hopeful rather than crafted opportunity found the Cookstown net. A long ball through from Sorcha Mc Namee wnt over the top of keeper Meeke and Moore swept in at the back post to steer the ball to the net. Donaghmore grew in confidence and the impressive Michaela Mc Guigan and Rebecca Mc Crory tagged on points with a fourth goal from Conlon killed off the Fr Rocks challenge.

A late penalty converted by Mc Crory was the icing on the cake. Cookstown were well beaten in the end but on reflection they will look back at that spell of possession after the break which could have changed the game completely.

There were some very good performances from the championship favourites Donaghmore, Megan Taggart, Aishling Hegarty and Mc Cann controlled the defence with Hegarty. Mc Crory, Mc Guigan and Moore providing plenty of attacking quality.

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