Clonoe O’Rahilly’s 3-10 -Loughmacrory St Teresa’s 0-6
A strong second half display from Clonoe saw them lift the Junior championship title after a thirteen point win against Loughmacrory making it a double winning season for the O’Rahillys. Team captain Orlagh Gavin led the line superbly hitting 1-6 but this was no one woman show as she received fantastic support from her team mates especially player of the match Aine Heagney,
The first half was close and very competitive with Kerri Ward’s accuracy from frees keeping Loughmacrory in the game but even then Clonoe looked well capable of shooting the lights out with some excellent movement undone by poor finishing.
The match attracted a record breaking attendance for a junior final at O’Neill’s Healy Park and the large crowd will feel they got value for money with some superb individual displays and excellent team-work on show from both teams. Kellie Boyle in goals for Loughmacrory, team captain Oonagh Gallagher, Niamh Fox, Aisling Logue and Claire Gallagher battled throughout and played right to the last whistle.
In addition to those already mentioned for Clonoe Sinead Hanna, Cara Coyle, Eimear Cushnahan and Aimee Hughes as well as goalkeeper Liza Mc Kee were also outstanding for the girls in black and white.
First half goals from Gavin and Heagney put Clonoe in control and the O’Rahillys looked threatening every time they broke from defence. The opening goal came from a fast break out the park and a long ball finding Gavin in space. A first time shot deceived the entire Loughmacrory defence and goalkeeper Boyle to sail into the the back of the net.
The second goal came shortly after when Sinead Hanna found player of the match Heagney in space and she drilled the ball to the Lough net. Loughmacrory were all at sea at this stage but steadied the ship with Niamh Foxand Orla Mc Cullagh putting Clonoe on the back foot. Aoife Kelly found herself closing in on goal only for Mc Kee to push the ball off the line. Further points from Kerri Ward gave Loughmacrory hope going in at the break.
Another point just after the restart had the gap down to three points and Loughmacrory grew in confidence. Boyle in goals helped keep them in the game with a fine one on one save from the feet of Heagney. Their sixth and final point came when Ashling Logue and Bronagh Gallagher combined to create a score.
Unfortunately for Loughmacrory the O’Rahillys had strength and depth on the bench and were not afraid to use it.Clonoe introduced Caiomhe Coyle and Aoife Coyle and their presence changed the dynamics of the game. Their ability to win ball and run at pace caused all sorts of problems for the Loch defence. Orlagh Gavin cut loose and added two fine pointsjust before referee Sean Mc Intyre was replaced by linesman Oliver Mc Kenna following a calf injury for the match referee.
Clonoe created further chances with Aoife Coyle pointing before Gavin hit her sixth minor score. Caoimhe Coyle latched on a point and was in the right place at the right time to get her side’s third goal just as the game ended.
Loughmacrory will be disappointed at the goals they conceded and will feel they could have been closer but they cannot be faulted for the effort and determination they showed throughout the game.
Clonoe will now celebrate being double championsand deservedly so. They are a talented side who will feel they have a lot to offer when they now turn their attention to the Ulster series.
Clonoe Scorers: Orlagh Gavin 1-6, Caoimhe Coyle 1-2. Aine Heagney 1-0, Niamh Donaghy and Aoife Coyle 0-1 each
Clonoe: Liza Mc Kee, Fionnula Murray, Cara Coyle, Chloe Donnelly, Fionnula O’Neill, Eimhear Cushnahan, Niamh Donnelly, Sinead Hanna, Maeve Mac Oscar, Aimee Hughes, Aine Heagney, Briana Quinn, Niamh Donaghy, Oelagh Gavin, Meabh O’Neill, Subs: Shannon Donnelly For Chloe Donnelly 27, Caoimhe Coyle For O’Neill 36, Aoife Coyle For Hughes 36, Brona Mac Oscar For Donaghy 54, Niamh Hughes For Cara Coyle 54.
Loughmacrory: Kellie Boyle, Ciara Mc Aleer, Eimhear Slane, Oonagh Gallagher, Michaela Mc Anespie, Niamh Fox, Aoife Gordon, Claire Gallagher, Orla Mc Cullagh, Aishling Logue, Bronagh Gallagher, Kerri Ward, Lisa Melly, Aoife Kelly, Aine Donaghy, Subs: Grainne Gordon For Aoife Kelly 38, Aoibhinn Mc Anespie For Bronagh Gallagher 47, Cora Mc Elduff For Melly 49, Michaela Curran For Donaghy 52.
Referee Sean Mc Intyre Strabane (Replaced by Oliver Mc Kenna 49 )