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Title Wins For Clonoe, Aghyaran And Macs In Ladies Finals

Saturday 09.09.2017
Team Talk Mag
Club


 

The Ladies county finals all took place at Carrickmore on Saturday afternoon and resulted in wins for Clonoe, Aghyaran and St Macartans.

The Junior final was up first which saw Clonoe get the better of Trillick after an enthralling game of football between two very talented sides.

A goal after seventeen minutes from Shannon Gray helped put Trillick in a strong position and they reached the break leading 1-7 to 0-4.

Many thought the six point deficit would prove too much for the young Clonoe side but inspired by Orlagh Gavin, Bronagh MacOscar and Claire Mc Aliskey the O’Rahillys turned the game on its head and by the nineteenth minute of the second half they drew level with a fine point from Mc Aliskey.

Clonoe added three further points with Orlagh Gavin bagging two but they were forced to withstand a dramatic closing few minutes of pressure as Trillick threw everything but the kitchen sink at them. Edel Gray, Cathy Donnelly, Emma Brennan and Fiona Owens all came close to getting the scores that would have forced extra time but a packed Clonoe defence held out and the title went to the girls in black.

Final score: Clonoe 1-12, Trillick 1-10.

 

The intermediate final saw Aghyaran get the perfect start with a brace of goals from corner forward Laura Lee Penrose. The flame haired flyer was quickest to respond as the ball broke in the Drumragh square to put her team five up after Laura Harkin had opened the scoring for Drumragh.

Driving runs from Stacey Dolan and Aoibhinn Mc Hugh kept the Drumragh backs under pressure and even when Neamh Woods, Joanne Barrett and Rachel Cleary did manage to venture forward they found the Aghyaran rearguard in uncompromising mood.

Tara Mc Hugh and Neamh Woods exchanged goals before late points from Woods, Josephine Quinn, Clodagh Loughran and Beth Donaghy gave the Drumragh girls renewed hope as the half time whistle sounded with them trailing 3-1 to 1-5.

Tara Mc Hugh bagged her team’s fourth goal six minutes into the second half to steady the Aghyaran nerves and although Drumragh continued to eat into the lead the North Tyrone girls looked more than capable of keeping them at arms’ length.

With twelve minutes remaining Neamh Woods scored a wonder goal to narrow the gap to three points and it looked like Drumragh might just have a final kick in them. However it was Aghyaran who hit the next two scores and with Aimee Coyle and Sasha Byrne on target they pulled away to win 4-10 to 2-10.

The senior final saw favourites and reigning champions Macartans produce a power packed first half to build up a 4-5 to 0-2 lead over Killeeshil. Goals from Chloe Mc Caffrey (2), Colleen Mc Quaid and Cathy Maguire put the Clogher Valley outfit in a very strong position. Killeeshil did come back well in the second half with goals from Shannon Stephenson and Louise Kelly but almost immediately Mc Caffrey responded with a brace of majors herself to seal a 6-8 to 2-6 win.

Chloe Mc Caffrey finished top scorer overall in the Tyrone Senior championship and will receive her award at the Teamtalkmag gala in November. In Saturday’s county final she finished the match with a personal tally of 4-4.

 

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