Galbally began their first league game a little shakily in the first half and took a while to get on the scoreboard before a pair of fine scores from Rachel Kelly and a fine point from Sarah Quinn. Aghaloo captain Sinead McAleer led from the front and provided the platform for the win. She was ably assisted by the industrious Gemma McVeigh who put in a strong performance in midfield scoring 1-4. Riona Gildernew got the other major for the Monaghan Road girls with points from Katie McGinn and the returning Megan Treanor ensuring that it was a winning start for the home side.
1st half ended Aghaloo 0.08 to Galbally 0.03..
Galbally were much improved after the break with Ciara Kelly, Laura Kane and Rachel Kelly to the fore. They fought right to the end but Aghaloo maintained the edge and the game ended Aghaloo 2.09 to Galbally 2.06..
On the Loughshore Ardboe and Omagh played out a cracker with the hosts snatching a single point win as Emer Cunningham rattled the Ardboe crossbar with the last kick of the game. Goals in the first half from Aine Strain and Aine Cunningham teed up by Christiane Hunter had Omagh three ahead at the break. Annie Devlin getting a home goal with Niamh Teague also on target for the hosts.
Hunter, Eimear Mc Canny Meave Mc Sorley and Orla Mc Namee hit Omagh points with Clara Daly among several fine performers for them. Rebecca Bells goal had pulled Ardboe back as Omagh missed a series of wides and coughed up possesion easily before Teague added late points to snatch a narrow win.
Killeeshil 1-07 Errigal Ciaran 2-06.
Errigal Ciaran struck early with a goal in the 1st minute of the game. This was quickly followed up with 2 quickfire points for Errigal to lead by 5.
Grainne Rafferty kicked Killeeshil’s 1st score with a fine long range point from play. Errigal immediately responded increasing the lead to 5 before Rafferty replied with 2 frees to reduce the margin to 3.
Errigal finished the half strongly scoring 2 more points to lead by 5 at the break 1-05 to 0-03.
Killeeshil increased the intensity early in the 2nd half dominating the play. A Grainne Rafferty point followed by a Chloe Collins point from play reduced the deficit to 3.
With 15 mins to go a long ball into the danger area was superbly fielded by Chloe Collins who finished the ball to the net to leave the teams level.
Both teams traded points before Errigal broke away for a well taken goal to lead by 3 with 7 mins remaining.
Raffery immediately reduced the margin to 2 with a free.
Killeeshil attacked valiantly in the last 5 mins but were unable to break down a resolute Errigal defence.
Best for Killeeshil on the night were Caoimhe Gormley, Cara McCoubrey and Leanne Donnelly who were outstanding in defence. Up front Chloe Collins was a real threat with a strong 2nd half performance.
On Sunday 16th April Moy played their first league match of the season at home to Glenelly.
Moy girls opened the scoring with a free kick from Emma Conroy. They went 3 points up before Glenelly registered their first point from a free kick. Two more points from Lucy Conroy and a lovely point from Aisling Magee saw Moy girls establish a comfortable lead. However, with two Moy girls sin binned late into the first half, Glenelly took their opportunity to claw back the lead and scored two goals and two points unanswered, going in at half time in front.
Half time score: Moy 0-6 v Glenelly 2-5
The second half saw Moy girls come out stronger hitting 8 unanswered points thanks to Emma Conroy, Emer Currie and Lucy McAlary before Glenelly registered their next and final point.
Fantastic performances from all over the field saw Moy finish the match 1-16 v Glenelly 2-6. Well done to all players and management on their first win of the season.
Full time score: Moy 1-16 v Glenelly 2-6
Cappagh opened up an early two point lead before Kildress keeper Charlene Quinn made a great save to deny Cappagh a certain goal.Eilis Keenan and Chloe Tracey led the line for Kildress but three points from Cappagh saw them reach the break leading 0-7 to 0-5. A second half penalty from Chloe Tracey put Kildress temporarily ahead but Cappagh then hit three in a row to regain the lead. Chloe Tracey and Caoimhe Gilmore scored pints to put Kildress one up before Cappagh finished strongly to win on a final score of 0-17 to 1-11. Chloe Tracey top scored with 1-7.
Despite sterling performances from Aine Heagney and Minor Player Ciara Hughes, who made her Senior debut it was a strong Edendork team that ran out winners.
Edendork travelled to play last year’s junior champions Clonoe. After both teams exchanging points Edendork widened the gap with a goal from Tara Jayne Murphy. Edendork continued to keep the score board ticking over until the half time whistle with points from Maeve Maxwell, Eva Corr and Nicole Donaghy.
Half time score: Edendork 3.8 Clonoe 0.6
Clonoe started the 2nd half well with a quick free from Brona Mac Oscar going straight to the back on the Edendork net. The Edendork defence did well to keep Clonoe’s scoring attempts out with great defence from Katie McLernon and Cliona Nelis.
Full time score: Edendork 5.12 Clonoe 1.8 Despite sterling performances from Aine Heagney and Minor Player Ciara Hughes, who made her Senior debut it was a strong Edendork team that ran out winners.
Trillick hosted St Macartans in a game that saw defences on top early on to leave the half time score 0-4 to 0-3 in favour of Macartans. The visitors looked much sharper after the break with two points inside the opening ten minutes of the second half. They added a brace of goals in the in the final quarter from Chloe Mc Caffrey and Shauna Mc Girr and although Trillick battled hard in the second half they could not get the scores they needed to close the gap. Final score Trillick 0-5, Macartans 2-7
Trillick scorers: Katie murphy – 1pt, Cathleen kelly – 1pt (f), Shauna mc Gurren – 1pt
Sarah Donnelly – 1pt, Amy Mc Ginn- 1pt
Aodh Ruadh (5-22) v Sperrin Óg (3-5)
Sperrin Óg team missing a lot of players from previous years took a while to find their feet in their game with Aodh Ruadh with the Dungannon girls leading comfortably at the break 2-8 to 1-4. Sperrin Óg’s goal coming from a Meaghan Clarke kick after Megan Coyle had been pulled down. Niamh Clarke played well in nets while Laura Lee O’Donnell solid in defence throughout. Good play from senior debutants Caoileann Maguire and Caislin Tracey
Meaghan Clarke 2-04
Aisling Fox 1-00
Caoileann Maguire 0-01
Fintona hosted Carrickmore in the league and began brightly with scores from Emma Loane. Meabh McElroy and Sorcha Gormley levelled the game and after that it was score for score as both teams played some entertaining football. Aoibhinn Daly, Caitlín and Sorcha Gormley kicked points for Carrickmore with Sorcha Gormley also getting a goal.
Fintona’s goals came from Emma Loane after strong Nicola Donnelly runs.
An Charraig Mhór 1.7
Sorcha Gormley goals killed off the game early in the 2nd half but Fintona continued to battle and made the most of a fumble in the square to plunder another goal.
Fine displays from Sorcha Gormley with 3.7, her sister Caitlín, Aoibhinn Daly, Alanagh Treanor and Aine Grimes.
Loughmacrory played Donaghmore in both teams league openers in what was a genuinely good games. Donaghmore came out strong from the start and kicked over some great scores before Loughmacrory found their feet. Loughmacrory conceded a first half penalty which was well saved by Mia Kelly.
Half time Score: Donaghmore 1-9 Loughmacrory 0-6
The match saw some good attacking plays by both teams. Loughmacrory managed to claw back the lead to 2 points at different stages but Donaghmore remained more clinical and managed to get another goal to extend the lead to 5. They had great performances by Emma Hegarty in midfield and Emma Doyle at number 11 drove the Donaghmore girls to victory in what was a tightly contested game that could have gone either way had Loughmacrory been more ruthless in front of the goals.
Final Score: Donaghmore 2-12 Loughmacrory 1-10
Bronagh Gallagher 0-4
Kerri Ward 1-2 (0-2f)
Lisa Melley 0-2 (0-1f)
Orla McCullagh 0-1
Aoife Kelly 0-1
Loughmacrory players who played well: Bronagh Gallagher and Kerri Ward provided Loughmacrory with a great outlet in the forward line and proved dangerous when driving through the Donaghmore defence. Big performances from Aine Donaghy and Niamh Fox who led the team from midfield and provided a great link from defence to forward despite being marked by a strong Donaghmore duo in the middle of the field.
In an entertaining and sometimes fiery encounter, the girls from the Loughshore got the all important victory over Dromore on Sunday night, They were off the mark after one minute as Sarah Devlin kicked a nice right footed point after stepping outside her marker. The same player added a free and another from play shortly after to give Moortown a three point cushion after four minutes of play. Dromore struggled to make anything from their limited possession in the first half as the Moortown defence got on top and turned over the play when Dromore attacked. They did however get off the mark with a free in the fourteenth minute.
One thing Moortown will want to work on is converting their goal chances as they missed two one on ones with the Dromore goalkeeper in the first half and another in the second. After nineteen minutes, Caoimhe McNally kicked a left footed point after a fine run and just three minutes later Sinead Conlon got the vital goal that Moortown’s first half play deserved, her long high kick deceived the Dromore keeper and found the net. The teams swapped scores in the remaining first half minutes as Moortown scored three further points, including a fine effort by Rachel Tallon, another one from Donica Ryan and a Devlin free. Dromore added two frees in between as the half finished with Moortown ahead 1-10 to 0-3
In the 11th minute of the second half the match was over as a contest when Caoimhe McNally scored a penalty after a foul on Caitlin Crozier as she was through on goal. Dromore got their first from play and two more from frees before substitute Brianna Vincent kicked a nice point in reply.
Final score Moortown 2-13 Dromore 0-6
Badoney and Pomeroy served up a close and exciting encounter on Sunday evening. First half scores from Kerri Mc Glone, Kerri Mc Garvey (3), Finola Gormley and Ellie Daly left the score at the break Badoney 0-6, Pomeroy 2-1. Kerrie Mc Garvey added a further five points in the second half for Badoney while Erin Daly also added a point,