Naomh Treasa and Naomh Brid served up a highly competitive and very entertaining Pitrina Robinson Cup final at Stewartstown on Monday evening before the Dungannon based side emerged victorious on a score of 3-11 to 0-6. Considering the number of chances created by the Brocagh girls the final result does not reflect their efforts or endeavours. Indeed it speaks volumes of the quality defensive work produced by the Naomh Treasa defence and goalkeeper Eimear Colton.
Beth Jones got the ball rolling with the opening score of the game after two minutes and Roisin Mc Erlean stretched the lead to three with a fine brace of scores. Caitriona Canavan opened the Naomh Brid account after twelve minutes but it was Naomh Treasa who had the bit between their teeth and points from Mc Erlean and Caitriona Ferran made it 0-5 to 0-1.
Naomh Brid created numerous chances with Roisin O’Neill Mc Kee, Sally Mc Cann, Micheline O’Neill and Maria Duffy coming close but the tenacious Naomh Treasa defence marshalled superbly by Bronagh Barker and Aine Mc Nulty denied them with disciplined tackling and tenacious teamwork.
Sally Mc Cann fired over Naomh Brid’s second point on nineteen minutes but it was Naomh Treasa who finished the half strongest with points from Louise Casey, Grainne Rafferty (2) and Roisin Mc Erlean to leave the half time score 0-9 to 0-2 at the break.
The Brocagh girls came out for the second half in determined mood and although they opened the second half scoring with a Lauren Fitzgerald forty five, they found the Naomh Treasa defence in uncompromising mood. Grainne Rafferty pointed to make it a seven point game again and although Roisin O’Neill Mc Kee fired over point number four for Naomh Brid it was the Dungannon girls who were more and more looking the part.
Cara Little hit the net for her team’s first goal on forty one minutes and four minutes later the game was over as a contest when substitute Cora Mc Nulty struck for goal number two. Lauren Fitzgerald and Sally Mc Cann added points for Brocagh but Naomh Treasa fired in a third goal from Aine Ferran. The outstanding Laura Barker landed the final point of the game in injury time to leave the final score 3-11 to 0-6 in favour of Naomh Treasa.
The very talented Clare Kelly may not have got on the scoreboard but her hard work and skill won her the player of the game award. A word of praise for referee Orla Donnelly who handled the game superbly.