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Macartans Make It Five In A Row

Sunday 06.09.2020
Team Talk Mag
Championship Football


Macartans created their little piece of history as they defeated Errigal Ciaran in the Murphy’s Gloves Tyrone Senior Championship final and in so doing made it five titles in a row. The game at Galbally on Sunday afternoon was well attended and played in a very competitive spirit.

The champions had to dig deep and show character after Errigal got off to the perfect start with a goal straight from the throw in and a point shortly after. However Macartans showed all their experience and guile as they slowly reeled in their opponents before easing to the title.

Errigal’s Shannon Cunningham won the throw in and launched a long kick goal wards for Lycrecia Donaghy to set up Maria Canavan and the number 11 fired it to the net to give her team the perfect start. Shortly after Claire Canavan broke through to clip over a point and make it 1-1 to no score. With wind advantage it was clear Errigal were intent on getting the ball into the danger zone as early as possible. However Macartans soon settled and Maura Mc Menamin and Maria Donnelly did a marvellous job of mopping up possession and Errigal struggled to create scoring chances after that.


Niamh Mc Girr, Shauna Mc Girr, Paula Donnelly and Cathy Maguire ensured a steady supply of ball to the forwards and scores from Tara Meabh Mc Carroll, Michaela Woods, Cathy Maguire, Niamh Mc Girr, Chloe Mc Caffrey, Tara O’Hagan and Colleen Mc Quaid had Macartans leading heading into the break. With only a few minutes of the first half remaining Maura Mc Menamin claimed a high ball in midfield and her pinpoint pass reached Cathy Maguire in the right full forward position. Maguire brushed aside the Errigal defender before heading goalward and placing the ball in the back of the net. This was followed shortly after by a second Macartans goal as a Paula Donnelly effort sneaked in under the bar.

Lycrecia Donaghy, Cailin Mc Cann and Eimear Corrigan hit points for Errigal but they went in at the break trailing 1-4 to 2-7. Shannon Cunningham, Michaela Moore, Saorla Mullin, Aoife Horisk and Oonagh Mc Aleer contributed significantly to their team’s attacking efforts throughout the hour.

Errigal worked very hard during the second half but they never really looked like breaking down the Macartans defence and getting the goals they needed to make a real game of it. Macartans remained focused throughout the second half  and showed all their experience as they ran the clock down while adding a further six points over the remainder of the game. Chloe Mc Caffrey scored three superb points from distance while Niamh Mc Girr, Tara O’Hagan and Shauna Mc Girr were also on target for their team.

Errigal battled bravely but came up against a better side on the day. Eimear Corrigan, and Maria Canavan (2) landed points for the Dunmoyle girls but Macartans were convincing five in a row winners on a score line of 2-13 to 1-7.

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