St Endas ladies put in a trojan performance to qualify for the All-Ireland final with victory over Edenderry at Healy Park today, writes Damien Donnelly.
The Offaly girls led narrowly at half-time by 0-6 to 0-5 but St Endas called the second half shots to emerge worthy winners.
Emma Collins scored a speculative goal on 47 minutes and St Endas keeper Colleen McCullagh saved brilliantly to deny Sinead Taylor not long after. Teri McCullagh and company rowed in with some fine scores as the Omagh girls kept their All-Ireland dream on course.
St Endas started well with McCullagh on target but they went from being a couple of points up to trailing by three following a scoring burst by Edenderry in a seven-minute spell.
Riona Bryne and Alisha Hudson contributed point braces in that good spell for the Offaly girls but Omagh rallied well in the rundown to half-time as McCullagh, the lively Hayley Ballard and Emma Collins pulled home points back.
Sinead Taylor got on the scoresheet early for Edenderry but the Leinster champions could not find enough answers against determined Omagh in the last half.
Teri McCullagh, as she had done in half one, opened the scoring via a point to bring St Endas level shorlty after the restart.
Kelly O’Sullivan, McCullagh and Cara McCrossan landed scores as Michaela O’Neill joined in such a momentous occasion for St Endas.
Christianne Hunter, despite incurring a first half injury, continued to work hard in a committed Omagh defence alongside Caoimhe McGovern and a team unit overall that turned in a truly gallant display.
The All-Ireland final is a fortnight away against Tipperary or Galway opposition and what an occasion that promises to be for all associated with St Endas.