Saturday afternoon saw Tyrone host Antrim in the Under 16 Camogie Shield final in Coalisland. The host county was minus several key players for the game and went into the contest very much as underdogs.
Antrim displayed greater physicality and athleticism while their first touch and stick work was better and much quicker than Tyrone’s. The Saffrons played wind assisted in the first half and although Tyrone opened the scoring with a converted free from player of the match Catherine Moohan, Antrim dominated and with ten minutes on the clock led 2-2 to 0-2 with their goals coming from Cara Lyttle and the highly impressive Carly Mc Namee.
Tyrone received a boost with the awarding of a penalty which was superbly converted by Moohan. Antrim responded positively hitting four points in a row and Tyrone suffered further difficulties when they were reduced to fourteen players following the sending off of Clare Mc Kee twenty minutes into the game. As the game headed towards half time the young Red Hands reduced the gap to five points when full forward Kate Mc Kee plucked one from the sky and finished it to the net for a superb goal.
Buoyed by that score Tyrone came out fired up for the second half and within five minutes they were in front following points from Claire Mc Aleer and Niamh Mc Elduff plus a goal and three points from Catherine Muldoon.
The remainder of the game was nip and tuck as the sides swapped scores and following a second goal from Kate Mc Kee the impossible looked like it could happen as Tyrone led 4-9 to 3-10. However Antrim responded strongly and hit points from Cara Delaney, Cara Lynch and Erin Kelly to lift the shield on a final score of 4-15 to 4-10.