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Eglish Pipped At The Post By Clonduff

Tuesday 04.11.2014
Team Talk Mag
Club


It was another windy day for the Ulster Intermediate Championship final replay between Tyrone champions Eglish and Down champions Clonduff on Sunday afternoon. Clonduff elected to play against the wind as they had in the first game as both teams traded early wides.
Brenda Horsfield was called into action for Eglish early on and the joint captain was well up to the task, clearing the ball from her defence. There was then a fine interchange of play that allowed Maria Jordan to register the first point for Eglish. Clonduff hit straight back with one of their own before Annette Jordan scored a goal to ease her team in front.
From the resulting puck Clonduff scored a great point of their own. A free from the half way line for Eglish was slotted over by Horsfield. The Tyrone champions then added a further three points when Shauna Jordan took one and Ciara Donnelly added two.
With fifteen minutes on the clock Clonduff were awarded a penalty which they duly dispatched to the back of the net.
The closing minutes were keenly contested with no quarter asked or given with Ciara Donnelly displaying her class to knock over two further points for Eglish. Clonduff landed a vital pointof their own just before the break to leave the half time score reading Eglish 1-7 Clonduff 1-3.
The second half saw the teams trading points inside the first five minutes. Clonduff’s Cassie Fitzpatrick was then shown a second yellow and dismissed from the field. Eglish now had the numerical advantage but Clonduff had the wind in their favour. The game was finely balanced when Clonduff, making good use of the conditions added another point. They then added their second goal of the game to tie the match with fifteen minutes to go. In difficult conditions Eglish created a few chances agonisingly failed to record scores while Clonduff pushed on and added two more points. Eglish to their credit refused to throw in the towel and almost turned the game on its head when they hit the crossbar from a superb goal chance. The Tyrone girls added one further minor to leave just one point in the game but the clock denied them the chance of taking the game to extra time.
Final score Eglish 1-9 Clonduff 2-7.
This is the third year in a row that Eglish lost out in heart-breaking fashion by the narrowest of margins. The club would like to thank all the supporters and in particular their management team led by Jim McCormick and Barry Fay.

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