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Moortown Ladies Remain On Course For Double
A defeat to Omagh in a league match 6 weeks ago is Moortown’s ladies only competitive loss in 2022. They were determined not to let the same thing happen again in Saturday’s league semifinal and despite a close first 25 mins, they ran out comfortable winners in the end.
Sarah Devlin opened the scoring in the 1st minute which was followed by a period of Omagh possession rewarded by their opening score from a 6th minute free. Moortown replied immediately however as Chrissie Devlin fed sister Sarah for her 2nd point a minute later.
The next 10 mins were tight with both teams scoring a point each from free kicks, Sarah Devlin getting her 3rd point of the day. Just as half time approached, suddenly Moortown found another gear. A fine Rachel Tallon through ball found Emma Murphy who was fouled when a goal was on. Sarah Devlin kicked the resulting free to leave the score 4-2 to the home side. Then, almost immediately Caoimhe McNally pointed from play and just seconds later, Emma Murphy palmed the ball to the Omagh net after fine work from Eimear and Caoileann Quinn. There was still time for another Sarah Devlin free which left the HT score Moortown 1-6 Omagh 0-2.
The 2nd half was always going to be an uphill battle for Omagh as Moortown looked to control the match and play possession football. A Caoimhe McNally score after 2 mins settled them immediately although Omagh didn’t give up, replying with a quick fire 1-1 in the 7th and 8th mins. These would be their last scores though and Moortown increased their lead through a 16th minute free by Sarah Devlin, a goal from substitute Donica Ryan after 25 mins and a last minute Emma Murphy point to leave the final score Moortown 2-9 Omagh 1-3.
Moortown’s dream of completing a league and championship double is still very much alive and they will now meet Fintona in the Intermediate league final next weekend.