There was no chance of a repeat of the 2021 final as St Macartans routed Carrickmore in what was a disappointing one sided semi-final. A weakened Carmen failed to rise to the occasion and found themselves 6-1 down at the break. Slaine Mc Carroll’s second half goal putting the icing on the Macs cake as they once again progress to the County final.
Cathy Maguire scored three first half points for the Macs, Shauna Mc Girr, Paula Donnelly and Sorcha Mc Ginn added to the tally. Marie Treanor and Shannon Mc Quaid controlled the back while the attack were always a threat and Carrickmore struggled with just a single point on the board.
On the restart Tara O’Hagan and Joline Donaghy added early points. Macs added to their tally with scores from Colleen Mc Quaid, Slaine Mc Carroll and O’Hagan before Mc Carroll rounded off another excellent display with the only goal of the game.
Donaghy added three further points and it was apt that Mc Carroll was on target with the final point of a more than comfortable semi-final win.
Errigal Ciaran 3-11
Aodh Ruadh 0-14
Errigal will face St Macartan’s in what promises to be a thrilling senior final next month as Maria Canavan hit 2-4 as the Dunmoyle club overcame Aodh Ruadh but this was a performance built on a solid defence and fine goalkeeping and some super saves from Ailise Coyle
Dungannon had several chances over the hour and a Canavan goal on the break opened a three point gap in favour of Errigal and that lead never changed hands with Canavan, Aoife Horisk, Elle Mc Namee and Shannon Cunningham key to their win.
The teams traded points and wides in the first half, Aoife Mc Gahan, Emma Jane Gervin, Niamh Hughes and Hannah Cavlin were all on target for Aodh Ruadh, Canavan had opened the scoring, Cunningham and Mc Namee followed but it was nip and tuck throughout.
Cliodhna Mc Elroy squeezed past four defenders to fire over Errigal’s sixth point as Aine Mc Nulty and Meabh Mc Gleenan completed the Dungannon scoring before the break while Canavan’s goal left it a three point game.
Mc Aleer was equal to several Dungannon chances. Hughes and Mc Gahan did add points but two goals in a minute, Canavan’s from the penalty spot and from Horisk more or less wrapped this game up, a good performance from Errigal who were the better team overall.
St Enda’s 5-9
Omagh ladies booked their place in the Tyrone intermediate final with a powerhouse second half performance at Greencastle against Ardboe. Emer Cunningham hit 2-7 of her side’s total in what was an entertaining contest but this was a success built on excellent defending with Clara Daly, Christiane Hunter , Sally Mc Menamin and Orlagh Mc Namee having great games. Eimer Mc Canny and Aine Strain competed well in the middle with Cunningham, and Shauna Mc Crory leading the attack.
The sides had been level five times in the first half, Omagh coming back from 1-2 down to push in front by three points. Shauna Mc Crory rolled in the first goal and Aine Strain had added to the lead by the end of the first quarter. Ardboe and Omagh exchanged the lead several times before the break.
Cunningham tagged on a point on the restart and after a great block at the back Omagh carved out a great team goal. Hunter, Mc Namee and Mc Sorley carried the ball before Strain drilled it to the net. Omagh built on the lead and while Ardboe did reply Omagh finished strongly. Cunningham added a fourth goal from the penalty spot before she was on hand to score a fifth as the side ran out eight point winners to book an O’Neill’s Healy Park final.
A battling Loughmacrory went close to an upset against Cappagh in the last four of this intermediate semi-final but in the end the quality of Cappagh saw them over the line with seven points to spare.
The Lough side had bagged an early goal through Lisa Melly while at the other end Kelly Boyle made several key saves to deny the lively Kirsty Edgar but the Lough keeper could do little when Edgar converted from close range.
Grainne Mc Cann converted an initial Boyle save to her net and as Kate Mc Aleer and Teri Mc Cusker pulled the strings Aishling Porter joined them on the scoreboard along with Kerri Quinn as Cappagh found themselves 2-6 to 1-3 up by the short whistle.
Melly netted a late penalty which saw goalkeeper Rafferty red carded and Melly was amongst the Lough points with Kerri Ward as they plugged away but the damage was already done as Cappagh eased to the win with O’Neill finishing with four points.