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Moortown Made To Work Hard In Ulster Opener
It was never going to be easy for Moortown against the well drilled Monaghan champions, Corduff in Sunday’s Ulster championship QF and they were pushed all the way in a pulsating match which could have gone either way.
A well crafted Caitlin Crozier point settled Moortown early on but this was followed by an otherwise scoreless end to end first 10 mins as both teams missed scoring chances. Sarah Devlin then added a super point from play but it was the last 8 mins of the half that saw the match really take off.
A Sarah Devlin free in the 23rd minute gave Moortown a three point lead before two scores in less than a minute brought Corduff right back into the match. As the half entered a long period of stoppage time Corduff scored a well worked goal after a fine passage of play giving Sinead McVey in the Moortown goal no chance. A Sarah Devlin free made it a one point game before Sinead McVey made a fantastic point blank save to prevent a second Corduff goal as the half ended Moortown 0-4 Corduff 1-2.
Within three minutes of the restart Moortown were back in front, as first Caoimhe McNally and then Sarah Devlin pointed from play. On ten minutes Corduff hit back with a point of their own to level matters again before Sarah Devlin kicked a fine point from range to give Moortown the minimum advantage once more. In the 15th minute a Moortown attack worked the ball to Caitlin Crozier who was fouled resulting in a penalty to Moortown. Caoimhe McNally coolly converted from the spot to give them a four point lead.
Corduff were still a huge threat and after a free reduced the lead to three another well worked move lead to their second goal which again left Sinead McVey in the Moortown goal with no chance and it was level yet again after eighteen minutes of the second half. Corduff also felt hard done by when they had a third goal disallowed as it looked as if the ball had been thrown into the Moortown net rather than fisted.
Sarah Devlin pointed another free for the Tyrone champions but yet again Corduff equalised before a brilliant Moortown move saw Caoimhe McNally score from a tight angle, a score which looked to have won it for them on thirty minutes. Corduff were having none of it though and equalised just a minute later to send the game to extra time on a scoreline of Moortown 1-9 Corduff 2-6.
Corduff went back in front inside the first minute of ET and Moortown were forced to dig deep. They managed to get back ahead again through courtesy of a brace of Sarah Devlin points just before HT in extra time. A nervous and scoreless last ten minutes saw Moortown win the game on a scoreline of 1-11 to 2-7. They now progress to the Ulster semi-final where they will meet Fermanagh champions Derrygonnelly next weekend.