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Macartans Are Ulster Champions

Sunday 05.11.2017
Team Talk Mag
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Tyrone senior title holders St Macartans are celebrating lifting the Ulster Club after a narrow but deserved win over All Ireland Champions Donaghmoyne.

The Clogher Valley side dominated the first half and produced some quality attacking football with fabulous goals from Cathy Maguire and her sister Paula Donnelly. However it was their defensive play that ensured Macartans went in at the break in a strong position leading 3-3 to 0-1. Shannon Mc Quaid, Niamh Mc Girr, Marie Treanor and Slaine Mc Carroll were outstanding at the back as their tackling denied the Monaghan side any clear shots at goal.

The second half saw Donaghmoyne improve considerably as Rosemary and Sharon Courtney carried the fight to Macs. However their eagerness to chase the game led to them giving away a penalty three minutes after the restart when Joline Donnelly was impeded on her way through. Unfortunately for the Tyrone team Colleen Mc Quaid’s kick was well saved by Linda Martin in the Donaghmoyne goal and although Macartans managed to engineer a point from the rebound a real chance to put the game to bed was lost. Macartans suffered a further blow when Shauna Mc Girr picked up a yellow card minutes later and immediately the Monaghan girls sensed Macartans vulnerability.

Fiona Courtney landed her team’s second point midway through the half before a second yellow card reduced Macartans to thirteen players. It was real backs to the wall from then until the end as Donaghmoyne went for broke. They landed a brace of points from Louise Kerley before Shannon Mc Quaid and Niamh Mc Kenna combined to deny Donaghmoyne two great goal scoring chances with a pair of goal line clearances.

Donaghmoyne continued to press and push home their numerical advantage. A converted penalty on twenty eight minutes from the boot of Kerley narrowed the gap to three points. Four added minutes had the Macartans supporters and management team counting every second. Their cause was aided when Donaghmoyne lost a player to a yellow card but they still continued to push for victory.

This was a stern examination of Macartans’resolve but they withstood the onslaught and a point from the outstanding Rosemary Courtney to take the title and the crown on a final score of 3-4 to 1-8.

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