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LADIES FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP ACTION CONTINUES

Wednesday 09.07.2014
Team Talk Mag
Club


 

Omagh and Ardboe booked their place in the semi-finals of the Tyrone ladies intermediate football championship as the championship summer opened in the county with a busy few days.

While Ardboe edged out Clan na Gael by a point Omagh had a much easier passage to the last four with a 1-17 to 0-4 win over Aghyaran at Strabane.

A busy week of Intermediate championship fare continues on Thursday with Sperrin Og facing Kildress at Rock.

It all started on Monday as Omagh back to full strength and after a surprise league loss to Clan Na Gael turned in a stunning display to brush aside the challenge of St Davogs.

The sides had played out a draw a fortnight ago in the league but there was nothing close at Sigersons. 0-9 to 0-1 up and in control all over the park Omagh added to the Aghyaran woes just after the restart when Seoirse McElduff palmed home a goal. From the defence marshalled so well by Christiane Hunter, Charmaine Gormley and Orla Kelly to the constant threat of Cara McCrossan, Terri McCullagh, Emma Collins and Ballard up front this was perhaps the best outing for the St Enda’s since the glory days of several seasons ago. 0-7 from the boot of McCrossan in that first half put Omagh on course with Aimee Coyle on target with her side’s solitary score.

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Aghyaran only managed another 0-3 in the tie as Omagh powered on to a more than comfortable win, albeit losing Terri McCullagh to injury with ten minutes to go, Collins, Ballard and McCullagh all on the scoresheet.

McCrossan finished with 0-10 with McElduff hitting 1-2 but the Omagh management will be well aware that they must maintain this type of performance if they are to advance with the winners from Sperrin Og v Kildress tie next up.

 

Ardboe had a dream start at Ballinamullan against a fancied Clan Na Gael. Within the opening eight minutes Mickey Rea’s side had found Grace Ball’s net twice, a shot on four minutes seemed to rattle off a defender from the boot of Rebekah Forbes and a high ball in from Forbes minutes later was carried over the line for goal number two. Wylie added another point to put the lough shore side in a strong position.

Clan Na Gael’s recovery was slow, but it was a recovery and perhaps the half time whistle came at the wrong time for the North Tyrone side.

First Mairead Conwell drilled over a free before Hannah Ward struck home a penalty when Maria Quinn’s challenge was judged illegal and she was yellow carded. Clan Na Gael pressed but their inability to finish with scores was frustrating for Brian Dooher and Clan.

There was little in the way of second half scores as both sides exchanged points, McConville and Wylie for the Loughshore side with Conwell, Ward and Brown closing the gap to two with ten minutes to go.

Rebekah Forbes fired over a crucial point for Ardboe as Clan Na Gael launched attack after attack. The kitchen sink was on the way too as Alana McShane took the game by the scruff of the neck. Anne Daly hit a good score and Ward rattled the woodwork before a final chance came their way. As Eimear and Britta Quinn were yellow carded in the dying seconds with two between the sides Conwell sent in a massive free kick, sadly for Clan Na Gael it rattled off the crossbar with Mallaghan in goals well beaten. The ball went over the top for the final score to leave the bare minimal between the sides as referee Gearld Trainor blew the final whistle.

Ardboe just about made it through, although they were forced to battle all the way. Those two early goals proving vital for the O’Donavan Rossas who await the winners of Donaghmore and Loughmacrory in the last four.

 

In the Junior B Championship preliminary round Pomeroy edged out Rock 1-7 to 0-7 on Monday.

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