A two point win for Clonoe at Healy Park confirmed the third place spot in division two with the losers Omagh, facing a second bite of the cherry against Moy for the fourth spot.
Omagh missed a penalty in the second half as they trailed by four points and that proved crucial in the final shakeup. Home side also failed to capitalise when the Rahilly’s had two players binned in the latter stages , failing to add to their tally. They had Clonoe, who scored just two second half points, on the ropes but failed to land the knock out punch.
Orlagh Gavin and Brianna Quinn crashed home early Clonoe goals as they led 2-0 to 0-1 in the opening seven minutes with the Omagh point from Emer Cunningham. Misplaced, rushed passes and lack of stability at the back caused Omagh problems. They drafted back veteran Christiane Hunter to the back line and she certainly made an impact although they trailed by five at the break. Quinn and Gavin with three points between them, Shauna Mc Crory, Hunter and Cunningham with home points.
The missed penalty as Omagh fought back was followed by a Gavin point but it was all Omagh as positional changes gave the hosts some wriggle room, They carried the ball well with Orla Mc Namee, the Mc Canneys and Strain combining well with Hunter and the Cunninghams. They closed the gap to a single point gap as Clonoe had two players carded in a two minute spell. Yet failing to take the chances that came their way and a late Ciara Hughes Clonoe point sealed the win and that third spot.
Killeeshil took the spoils in their semi-final playoff game against Moortown in a pulsating game on Sunday night.
Killeeshil started strongly in the first half with a Grainne Rafferty penalty and some fine Orla Mulgrew points helping the home side to a 1-08 to 1-02 lead at the break.
The 2nd half was end to end stuff played with great intensity. Two superb individual goals from Zoe Loughran helped Killeeshil over the line on a final score of 3-12 to 3-07 despite stern Moortown resistance throughout.
The win has secured Killeeshil a league semi-final spot v Errigal Ciaran in a few weeks time.
League Semi Final; Aodh Ruadh 1-07. St Macartans 0-13
Aodh Ruadh faced a huge challenge ahead of them in their league semi final in Augher. Lisa Mulholland had a great game in goals after clearing the ball twice from the goal line in the 18th minute, and managed to keep a clean sheet for the full 80 minutes. A block from aoife McGahan forced a 45 and resulted in St Macartans 2nd point in the 1st half. Aodh Ruadh’s entire back line remained strong holding St Macartans to 0-02 at half time. Sisters Bronagh and Rebecca Barker & Rachel Molloy worked tirelessly the entire game.
Up front Aoife McGahan was once again on form scoring the majority of Aodh Ruadh’s scores whilst still helping out the back line when needed. In general Aodh Ruadh’s effort was commendable but just didn’t take their chances.
There was little between the sides throughout with Aodh Ruadh up by three at the break. However with Joline and Cathy Donnelly in good form it was no surprise that the sides were tied at the final whistle menacing extra time was required.
Macartans greater experience and depth of squad told in extra time winning by three at the end,