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Tyrone Ladies Through To All Ireland Final

Saturday 18.08.2018
Team Talk Mag
County


 

Tyrone Ladies made it through to the All Ireland Final on Saturday but not before they were pushed all the way by a very talented and hugely committed Sligo team at Ballyshannon on Saturday.

In a game that had everything both teams enjoyed periods of superiority and the outcome was still in doubt right up until the final few minutes. Four points separated the teams at the final whistle but those four points only arrived in the closing two minutes.

Gerry Moane’s team began well and although the sides were tied at 0-4 apiece after eighteen minutes the Red Hands looked menacing and created four great goal chances but failed to take any of them.

Gemma Begley, Grainne Rafferty and Lycrecia Quinn were all on target with points but the failure of the Tyrone forwards to convert good goal scoring opportunities allowed Sligo to stay in the game. Nicola Brennan, Katie Walsh, Elaine O’Reilly and Sinead Regan ensured the westerners remained a threat throughout and they reached the break only two behind.

Tyrone made the perfect start to the second half with a goal from the very talented Lycrecia Quinn. However Sligo responded with a point and then a goal of their own three minutes later. That goal came from the penalty spot and saw goalkeeper Laura Kane yellow carded.

Down to fourteen players Tyrone were forced to dig deep with Neamh Woods, Emma Brennan, Emma Jane Gervin and Niamh Hughes carrying the game to their opponents.

Gemma Begley and Emma Jane Gervin landed points to extend the Tyrone lead to three but once again back came Sligo. O’Reilly and Brennan scored to leave one in it before a strong run from Gervin and a fine pass from Rafferty presented the Aodh Ruadh midfielder with a chance of a goal which Gervin finished to the net.

With the game entering the final ten minutes Tyrone were six points clear and seemed well placed to make the final but Sligo continued to push forward. Katie Walsh and Denise Mc Grath both hit the net to tie the game with less than three minutes left. Sligo now had momentum and Tyrone were rocking.

Tyrone’s defence came under sustained pressure before Joanne Barrett made a timely intervention which helped set Tyrone on the attack. A long ball out of defence was won by Niamh O’Neill before Gemma Begley and Neamh Woods combined to send the Drumragh midfielder through to fist the ball over the bar and put Tyrone one ahead.

Back came Sligo in search of an equalising score but Tyrone picked their pockets and Chloe McCaffrey sealed the win with a superb individual goal to secure a place in the All Ireland Final for Gerry Moane’s team on a final score of 3-14 to 3-10.

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