Macartans regained the Murphy’s Gaelic Gloves senior title and the Jarlath Kerr Cup after a facile 3-10 to 0-4 victory over Sperrin Óg at Healy Park on Sunday evening. The Clogher Valley side were just too strong, too streetwise and too experienced for a Greencastle team who found the occasion of the county final a bit too much to cope with.
With Chloe Mc Caffrey, Paula Donnelly, Michaela Woods and Cathy Maguire causing havoc up front and Maura Mc Menamin, Marie Treanor, Niamh Mc Girr and Slaine Mc Carroll defending like their lives depended on it the game was over as a contest by half time.
Goals win matches and the two Macs goals in the first half certainly had an air of good fortune about them as Michaela Woods’ effort and Slaine Mc Carroll’s finish knocked the heart out of Sperrin Óg.
Points from Mc Caffrey, Woods and Paula Donnelly plus those two early goals sent Macs in at the break leading 2-6 to 0-2. Sperrin Óg’s two scores coming from a well marshalled Niamh O’Neill and Meaghan Clarke.
The second half began with a brace of early points from Sperrin Óg corner forward Meaghan Clarke but that was as good as it got for the Greencastle girls. Macartanswent through the gears and with Colleen Mc Quaid and Tara Meabh Mc Carroll shutting up shop around the middle the Greencastle girls were denied much meaningful possession in the forward line after that.
Macartans looked like they could score as and when they wanted. Slaine Mc Carroll pointed before veteran Shauna Mc Girrr hit the net for her team’s third goal. Spurning several good chances of goals Macs added late scores from Shauna Mc Girr and Paula Donnelly to ease to a 3-10 to 0-4 win.