Kildress came away with the points on Saturday night against Castlederg following a great team performance. Kildress got off to a strong start with a number well worked scores building up a good lead. Castlederg got themselves back into the game by scoring a couple of well worked goals, but Kildress continued knocking over the points at ease. However Castlederg weren’t letting Kildress have it all their own way when they converted another well worked goal. Kildress goalkeeper Charleen Quinn prevented further goals late in the first half with a few great saves. Kildress had the last say in the first half with well deserved goal leaving the half time score Kildress 1-11 Castlederg 3-02.Castlederg were quick out of the blocks in the 2nd half with a couple of points, but with a few well worked kickouts from Kildress goal keeper Charleen Quinn to their midfielders Kildress maintained a well deserved lead.
The Kildress defence got on top preventing any further scores from Castlederg with Mairead Rafferty moved into the fullback line at half time keeping the Castlederg full forwards quiet. Kildress dominated midfield with Stacy Rafferty creating space and working the ball well into the forwards to convert a number of scoring chances. Kildress finished the stronger, with a great overall team performance. Sophie Ramsey making her senior debut showed well for the Derg, along with team captain Shannon Lynch who hit 1-1. Full Time score Kildress 3-18 Castlederg 3-5 Kildress Scorers: Maeve Conway 1-4, Alice McNally 1-2, Caoimhe McGurk 0-4, Stacy Rafferty 1-1, Sarah Lennon 0-3, Angela Monaghan 0-2, Rachel McKenna 0-1, Anna Lennon 0-1.Kildress Team: Charleen Quinn, Marie Daly, Ailish McKenna, Mairead Rafferty, Sarah Lennon, Sinead Daly, Donna Hagan, Stacy Rafferty, Caoimhe McGurk, Alice McNally, Rachel McKenna, Maeve Conway, Angela MonaghanSubs used: Cara Loughran, Anna Lennon, Amy McAleer, Siobhan McAleerRemaining Subs: Caroline McGurk, Nuala Grimes
Sophie Ramsey making her senior debut showed well for the Derg, along with team captain Shannon Lynch who hit 1-1.
Laura McSorley 1-3
Shannon Lynch 1-1
Louise Coyle 1-0
Marisa Lynch 0-1
Their neighbours Aghyaran took on Fintona Pearses in their Junior league fixture and returned with two points following a very convincing 6-6 to 1-2 win. Shannon Skelton once again top scored for the winners hitting 3-3 while Nicola Mc Menamin was also on target with 1-1. Kellie Meehan and S Dolan were others to find the net on a night when Aghyaran were comfortable and deserving winners.
Urney 3.8 Owen Roes 1.5
The phrase ‘a tale of two halves’ is one that is oft overused. However on Saturday night in Pairc Naomh Columba it was a saying that was more than apt. Owen Roes ladies- making their return to adult football after a 2 season absence- had struggled somewhat in the first half, and with 3-8 conceded looked likely to ship a heavy defeat. However a second half transformation saw them hold their hosts pointless in the second half in a match where they could have even sneaked a win .
It was the home side that started sharp and they quickly rattled up a 2-4 to no score lead in the opening ten minutes with Ellen McGowan prominant for Urney. Nonetheless the O’Neills started to settle at this point and grab a foot hold in the contest. Amy-Rose Harte generated their first score of the season with a storming run and conversion. The hosts though replied with a major of their own, despite a decent initial save by Shauna Kelly.
Back came Owen Roes and Nicole Stewart rattled the cross bar after 15 minutes, with Riognach Devine being so close to punching home the rebound.
The Urney ladies hit another purple patch in the closing stages of the half, and four unanswered scores left them 3-8 to 0-1 ahead at the interval.
It was a much more determined, and organised Owen Roes that appeared for the second half, and Michelle Christy set the tone for half with a strong run and score. The Leckpatrick ladies were doing all the running at this stage as midfield duo Roisín Devine and Hannah Corey started to influence the game.
Naomh Barr was introduced to the game with 15 minutes of the half to go, and her pace coupled with the tenacity of Stewart and Harte put Urney onto the back foot. Barr blasted over when a goal was on the cards, and from the kick out the hard working Harte drew a fine save from the Urney stopper.
Two minutes later though, and Owen Roes got their goal. Captain Roisín Devine was fouled when in the art of shooting, and Barr stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way.
Urney were restricted to loan breaks at this stage, but they floundered thanks to stoic defending by Christy, Caoimhe McNulty, Chloe Devine, and Keri McMenamin. A sweeping move started at the back via one of Christy’s many interceptions and Corey clipped over via passes from Aoife McCrossan, Darragh Brady and Stewart.
Owen Roes were pushing hard at this point for the goal that would take them back into the game, but despite their best efforts luck was a stranger, and their final score came from an angled Barr shot.
Despite the negative result, the Owen Roes ladies will generate numerous positives from the game where they gave their all. The superb efforts of Harte, Christy and company augurs well for ladies football if they can maintain their push.
Ardboe made it 2 wins from 2 in the intermediate league with a hard fought away win over Loughmacrory. The home side played with a strong breeze in their favour in the first half and they created the early chances. However good defending from Ardboe kept them at bay before Ardboe full forward Caoimhe Coney opened the scoring with a well worked point.
Shortly after Coney added a goal to her name with a long range effort that dropped in over the keeper’s head. Loughmacrory got on the scoreboard with a free from Kerrie Grimes before Maeve Wylie added another major for Ardboe. Loughmacrory had a good chance to get a goal back at the other end but it was hit wide by the corner forwar .
Another point from Coney gave Ardboe a 2-2 to 0-1 lead at half time. Loughmacrory began the stronger in the 2nd half pulling a goal back after 5mins following a mix up in the Ardboe defence. The home side added on a point before Ardboe landed their first score of the half with a well worked move resulting in Coney firing over her third point of the game. Ardboe substitute Hannah Lydon fired over 2 quick points followed by a good point from Carolyn Bell to increase Ardboe’s lead.
However Loughmacrory continued to push hard and pulled back another goal score by the centre half forward. Ardboe’s Eimear Quinn’s surging run from centre back resulted in the point of the game which was followed by another from H.Lydon. To Loughmacrory’s credit they never gave up and pulled back another goal this time scored by Kerrie Grimes from the penalty spot to leave 2 in it with 5mins to play. Unfortunately for the Loch girls Ardboe’s Maeve Wylie hit the net again to wrap up the victory for Ardboe. Full time score Ardboe 3-8 Loughmacrory 3-2