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Disappointment For Macartans

Sunday 19.11.2017
Team Talk Mag
Club


 

Tyrone and Ulster champions St Macartans were well beaten in their all Ireland club semi final with Carnancon losing 3-14 to 0-8 but they can take some comfort from the fact that they lost to one of the top club sides in the country. The Connacht champions showed just why they are so highly rated with a display of brilliant football that left Macs chasing shadows for much of the game.

There was lots of talk in the lead-up to the game about the threat posed by Cora Staunton but if Sunday’s game showed one thing it was that this Carnacon team is laced with talented footballers all over the pitch.

The sides were tied at three apiece after twelve minutes when points from Colleen Mc Quaid, Chloe Mc Caffrey and Cathy Maguire gave the Clogher Valley side a solid start cancelling out early scores from Staunton and Aoife Brennan. However with Fiona Mc Hale, Martha Carter, Marie Corbett and Staunton starting to find their rhythm the signs were there for Macartans that the Mayo girls were warming to the task.

A fabulous run and finish by midfielder Mc Hale put Carnacon 1-5 to 0-3 in front after twenty minutes and that lead was stretched further just before the break when Cora Staunton converted a free to send her team in at the break six points ahead.

Macartans made several positional switches at the break including moving Lynda Donnelly to the full forward line. This certainly increased the attacking threat but left the defence more exposed. Carnacon exploited that vulnerability with goals from Doireann Hughes and Amy Dowling as well as points from Dowling, Staunton and Mc Hale to pull further ahead.

The Tyrone champs tried everything and came close to snatching a couple of goals but Michelle Higgins in the Carnacon goals made sure there would be no late drama or chance of a Macs comeback. Points from Chloe Mc Caffrey, Cathy Maguire, Niamh Mc Girr and Lynda Donnelly were scant reward for the efforts of the Macartans girls in the second half.

 

 

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