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Murphys Gaelic Gloves Tyrone Ladies Football Finals

Monday 23.09.2019
Team Talk Mag
Championship Football



St Macartans 2-15  Fr Rocks 0-6

A powerhouse second quarter at blustery Greendastle was enough for St Macartans to claim a fourth senior title in a row and equal Carrickmore’s twelfth title overall as they breezed past Fr Rocks who were appearing in their first senior decider.

Cookstown started well and led 0-3 to no score after five minutes, Aoibhinn Devlin and Annie Nugent with points but the expected response was quick in coming as Chloe Mc Caffrey hit three points to draw the sides level. Cathy Maguire and the impressive Slaine Mc Carroll added points that nudged them ahead.

Cookstown found the oMacs pressure too much to cope with and repeatedly cough up possession. They managed to work the ball inside their opponents half but there was no end product as they came up against a very good Macs defence. Caoimhe Meeke made a great save in the Cookstown goal to deny Maguire as the young keeper performed well.

Further points from Colleen Mc Quaid, Mc Carroll, Donaghy and Mc Caffrey had Macartan’s in control before a poor clearance from was seized on by an alert  Macartans attack and Donaghy crashed home the opening goal. Maguire, Mc Carroll and Mc Caffrey tagged on further late points as the Macartans ran through the gears.

St Macartan’s led by twelve at the break in what was proving to be a tough opening period for a battling Cookstown who clearly missed the quality of Aoife Devlin. It would take a mammoth comeback from the first time finalists and when Aoibhinn Devlin fired over an early second half point there was hope. That soon evaporated though as the Macs produced a second goal.

Maguire carved open the Fr Rocks defence and Mc Quaid was on hand to fire home the goal from close range. Macartans eased up and ran their bench. This affected their scoring return as they added only three more points those with a Mc Caffrey brace that saw her finish with seven points and top scorer in the championship overall. Paula Donnelly tagged on their final point

Fr Rocks battled away but found scores hard to come by. Devlin and Annie Nugent added two late Cookstown points but by then the St Macs were well and truly over the line.

This was a confident display from the Macartans with player of the match Slaine Mc Carroll, Niamh Mc Girr and Grainne Mc Kenna very comfortable at the back alongside veteran Lynda Ford while they dominated the attack with six players on the scoresheet across the hour.

St Macartan’s Scorers: Chloe Mc Caffrey 0-7 (4f) Colleen Mc Quaid 1-1, Joline Donaghy 1-1, Slaine Mc Carroll 0-3, Cathy Maguire 0-2, Paula Donnelly 0-1

Fr Rocks Scorers: Aoibhinn Devlin 0-4 (3f) Annie Nugent 0-2



Killeeshil 5-13

Trillick 0-5

Grainne Rafferty hit an impressive 4-5 as Killeeshil claimed the intermediate title with plenty to spare at Drumragh on Saturday evening. Trillick never really got going and after Rafferty slotted home a tenth minute penalty there was only going to be one winner. The Reds worked hard but could do little to halt a very fluid Killeeshil attack. Rafferty, Chloe Collins, Bronagh Mc Kenna and Louise Kelly were too hot to handle. Indeed but for some excellent saves by Maura Barrett the deficit could have been even greater.

The persistent heavy rain made conditions difficult for both sides. Collins and Fiona Owens exchanged early points before Rafferty struck that penalty to the Trillick net. Trillick continued to work the  ball into scoreable positions as the half progressed. Emma Brennan Dearbhaile Gallagher and Cathleen Kelly carved out chances but without any end product.

Killeeshil pushed further ahead as Rafferty added a couple of points before Owens and Aoife Kelly scores had Trillick just three behind. Killeeshil responded immediately with a long ball collected by Collins dispatched immediately to Shannon Stevenson who crashed home her team’s second goal.

As Collins saw a goalbound effort well saved by Barrett points from Orla Mulgrew, Donnelly and Mc Kenna stretched the St Mary’s lead to eight points by the half time break.

Just after the restart Killeeshil added 2-1 without reply. Clare Hegarty fired over from distance and Rafferty bagged  a goal after some excellent work by Kelly, Collins and Mc Kenna . Ace forward Rafferty converted a second penalty after she herself was hauled to the ground with Nuala Kelly picking up a yellow card for the challenge.

St Mary’s continued to dominate as Collins, Shauna Stevenson, Catherine Mc Cusker and player of the match Rafferty all created chances before 1-1 from Rafferty, the goal coming from a speculative long range drive. Emma Brennan hit Trillick’s last point with ten minutes to go before Killeeshil finished strongly.

Defender Orla Mulgrew hit her second point, Kelly tested Barrett and they hit a handful of wides before wrapping up the scoring with a pair of Rafferty frees and a late Kelly point. A powerhouse display from the Hoops with a sound defensive and lethal attacking performance.

Killeeshil St Mary’s Scorers: Grainne Rafferty 4-5, Shannon Stevenson 1-0, Orla Mulgrew 0-2, Chloe Collins, Clare Hegarty, Alanah Donnelly, Bronagh Mc Kenna and Louise Kelly 0-1 each

Trillick St Macartans Scorers: Fiona Owens 0-2, Dearbhlie Gallagher, Emma Brennan and Aoife Kelly 0-1 each


Junior Final

Edendork  1-13

Coalisland 1-6

Despite a spirited second half fightback that saw Coalisland  close to within three points of Edendork after trailing by seven at the break, they could not beat a spirited Edendork side that has developed successful youth squads into junior championship winners.

There was quality in all sectors of the park from Edendork. Up front Meave Maxwell hit 0-7 , one of six scorers at Stewartstown while at the back Rona Mallon and Nicola Rafferty dominated proceedings never allowing the Fianna attack to find their rhythm. Rafferty was also instrumental in driving her side forward at every opportunity.

The St Malachy’s led 0-8 to 0-1 at the break but within ten minutes of the restart the Fianna had come to within three points. They had their opponents rattled with a well taken Chloe Corr goal and points from Caiomhe Quinn and Laura Mc Nally. They did hit several wides and Edendork managed to regain their composure  with Maxwell edging her side four ahead again.

There were goal chances at both ends. Abigail Rafferty slid an effort wide for the hoops while Caoimhe Rafferty also went close for the Fianna. Rafferty made amends in the latter stages when she was on hand to palm Maxwell’s high ball past Fianna keeper Laura Kelly to leave six between the sides.

Maxwell kept the scoreboard ticking over as her side ran out seven point winners in the end. Nicola Rafferty named player of the match .


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