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Three From Three For Tyrone Ladies Club Sides

Sunday 23.10.2022
Team Talk Mag
Championship Football


Tyrone’s representatives in the Ulster Ladies tasted success at the weekend across all three categories. Clonoe defeated Lavey of Cavan in the Junior section while in the Intermediate category Moortown saw off Corduff after extra time by a single point. The county’s senior representatives Macartans took on Fermanagh kingpins Kinawley and after a low scoring first half eased to a six point win.

On Saturday Clonoe ladies made the long trip south to take on the Cavan champions Lavey in the Ulster Quarter Final.
In the opening minute Clonoe raised the first white flag of the day but only two minutes later & Lavey responded with an excellent point of their own.

That score would be Lavey’s final score of the first half as the O’Rahillys defence led by Cara Coyle & Eimhear Cushnahan put in a solid performance to keep the Cavan forwards quiet in the opening half. At the other end the girls were keeping the scoreboard ticking over with two points from an Orlagh Gavin free & open play and Briana Quinn driving through to slot over and leave the score 0-04 to 0-01 after 11 minutes.

In eighteenth minute Niamh Donaghy was played in on goal and was taken down in the box leaving the ref no choice but to award the penalty. Orlagh Gavin stepped up moments later to slot the ball to the back of net. Niamh Donaghy who was causing problems in the Lavey defence then slotted over a fine point before halftime to leave the O’Rahillys up by seven points.

Lavey 0-01
Clonoe O’Rahillys 1-05

The Clonoe girls knew to expect that Lavey would lift their game to a new level especially with the breeze on their backs to try and get themselves back into the game. However in the opening period of the second O’Rahillys kept their composure and with Sinead Hanna and Maeve MacOscar seeing a lot of ball they managed to keep the supply to the forward line going. Niamh Donaghy slotted to the back of the net in between two Orlagh Gavin points to leave the Tyrone champions 12 points ahead after the 8th minute of the second half.

It was after this that Lavey would hit their purple patch, outscoring Clonoe 1-03 to 0-00 to reduce the Clonoe lead to six. The turning point in the game came when the O”Rahillys keeper Liza McKee got down low to produce an excellent one handed save that looked destined for the net. The save was one that galvanised Clonoe and enabled them to take control of the ball for the final minutes and also allowed Orlagh Gavin to hit a brilliant point from play  and seal their place in the Ulster Semi Finals.

Final Score
Lavey 1-05
Clonoe O’Rahillys 2-08



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