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Sperrin Og Girls Now Sixty Minutes From Glory.
Sperrin Og made history today as they qualified for the All Ireland Ladies Junior final following a nail biting two point win over Connacht champions Claregalway. The Tyrone and Ulster title holders found themselves battling a rearguard action late in the game as their opponents threw caution to the wind in search of a match winning goal. The Greencastle girls managed to withstand the pressure and team captain Margaret Gallagher and her colleagues could well look back on this stern examination of their credentials as a defining moment on their team’s road to success.
They say goals win matches and Sperrin Og’s ability to find the net three times in the first half proved vital as Claregalway battled their way back into the game during the second half. It was compulsive viewing as the visitors poured forward in numbers with the clock ticking down. Sperrin Og were reduced to fourteen players with in injury time following a yellow card for Briege Beggs but the home team worked their socks off to edge a great game on a final score of 3-03 to 1-07.
There were scenes of great jubilation and relief at the final whistle as the players, management and supporters converged onto the pitch to celebrate this tremendous achievement. It was a victory that will be remembered for quite a while in the foothills of the Sperrins but the focus now turns to one more huge challenge as the girls take on St Sylvester’s of Dublin on the 20th of November. They are sixty minutes away from emulating the success of their men’s team and if they can replicate the energy and commitment shown today they could well be celebrating an All Ireland title in a fortnight’s time.