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Under 16 Girls Championship Wins For Errigal, Castlederg, Omagh And Fintona.

Saturday 22.09.2012
Team Talk Mag

Errigal Ciaran produced a superb team display this afternoon to defeat a gallant Sperrin Og side in the final of the under 16 championship. Niamh O’Neill of Sperrin Og and Maria Canavan of Errigal Ciaran were the two outstanding players on the field. However this was no one player show by any stretch of the imagination as Errigal were forced to dig deep for the result.

Sperrin Og started well with Niamh ONeill winning the throw in at midfield and heading straight for the Errigal goals. A pass into Eadoin Fox resulted in a foul inside the box and a penalty for Sperrin Og which Niamh O’Neill calmly slotted to the back of the net. Sperrin Og continued to dominate but Errigal Ciaran kept working hard and managed to get the ball into the hands of Maria Canavan resulting in a goal. Shortly after this Errigal Ciaran earned a penalty of their own and Maria Canavan converted it.
With just over 10 minutes left in the first half, Errigal Ciaran had a player sent off and within minutes another sent to the sin bin. The Errigal girls had to up the pace and work hard up to the half time whistle.
The second half was a low scoring affair with Errigal managing 3 points and Sperrin Og 2. Despite being a player down, Errigal Ciaran maintained their high level work rate with Maria Canavan, Emma Quinn, Shannon Monaghan, Cailin McCann all outstanding. It wasn’t all Errigal though, Sperrin Og put on a lot of pressure in the latter stages of the second half with Ciara Fox, Niamh O’Neill and Aileen Tuohey linking up well.
Final Score Errigal Ciaran 3-5, Sperrin Og 1-5.
Sperrin Og Scorers.
Niamh O’Neill 1.02 (1 Pen 2 FK)
Eadoin Fox 0.02
Lauryn Hollywood 0.01

Errigal Ciaran Scorers
Maria Canavan 2.01 (1 Pen)
Shannon Monaghan 1.03 (1 FK)
Emma Quinn 0.01

Fintona came back from being 2-6 to 1-3 down at the break to win 5-13 to 4-6. Despite being a player down following a sin binning at half time a goal from Melissa McCann 1 minute into the second half gave Fintona the perfect start. It was nip and tuck for the next while with a superb 3 goals coming in 5 minutes, Shannon Murray for Moy and Melissa MccCann and Nikitta Mullan for Fintona.
Melissa McCann added two frees to take her side to within a point trailing 3-6 to 3-5. Moy’s next score from Meabh Mc Gleenan in the 42nd minute proved to be their last. With Fintona back up to the full compliment of 15 players, 2 points from Arlana McGoldrick and Melissa McCann and a goal from Jessica McCann with just over 10 minutes to go put Fintona into a 1 point lead; Moy 4.06 Fintona 4.07.
Melissa McCann was definitely the star of the show for the remainder of the game, picking up another 1.05 before the final whistle was blown. Final score Fintona 5.13 Moy 4.06. Captain Grainne Kelly accepted the trophy on behalf of the Fintona girls and spoke of how last year’s disappointment of defeat in league and championship finals had spurred them on this year.
They can now concentrate on their meeting with Clonoe next Saturday in the League Final. This promises to be another tight affair with Fintona narrowly defeating Clonoe a few weeks ago to gain their place in today’s Championship Final.

Eimear McCormack 0.03
Meabh McGleenan 3.03
Shannon Murray 1.00

Melissa McCann 3.09 (4 FK)
Arlana McGoldrick 0.02
Alicia McGoldrick 0.01
Nikitta Mullan 1.01
Jessica McCann 1.00

Castlederg continued their recent good run of youth success on Saturday with a 3-7 to 2-4 win over neighbours and rivals Aghyaran. In a tense and hard fought game between two very skillful and fit sides, it was the Mna Na Deirge girls that came out on top.
The girls in red and black started off well and an Anna Harper point that had them in front within the first minute. However a series of missed chances were exchanged between the sides before Aghyaran hit a bright spell with a Sasha Byrne goal and a point a piece from Gemma Carlin and Aibhin Mc Hugh. Aghyaran continue to pile on the pressure, but the girls from the Derg defended well fighting for every ball and managed to keep their opponents scoring opportunities to a minimum.
The Derg girls continued to battle hard and an excellent Lena Toland save kept her team in the game. They were now finding scoring chances hard to come by too, until Aine McGrath and Caoimhe Brogan combined well to set the latter up for a fine point. From this point on the Derg girls never looked back and took the game to their opponents with Harper hitting 1-2, and Brogan and Roisin Devlin knocking over a point each to leave the half time score 1-6 to 1-2 in favour of Mna Na Deirge.
The Derg Girls came out in the second half and it was Shannon White, who had now moved to Centre half forward, who opened up their second half account after a surging run through the Aghyaran defence. However the girls in green and gold rallied together and fought back to with a point of Castlederg after Aimee Coyle found the net and another Gemma Carlin point.
But just as it looked like Aghyaran might take the lead, up popped McGrath after some good work from Emma Campbell and Harper to put her through for a goal which left 4 between the sides. Then a Harper shot fell short of the goal and there was Brogan on hand to collect the ball and force it over the line while under pressure from the Aghyaran defence.
With time running out the Aghyaran girls put together one more attack and it was Aimee Coyle who saw her shot on goal rise over the cross bar to the relief of the Derg defence.
Toland took the resultant kick out and the ref blew the final whistle to the delight of the Mna Na Deirge Team.

Both teams will cross paths again, this time in the league final in what promises to be another cracking game of ladies football on the 6th of October.

Mna Na Deirge Team and Scorers: Lena Toland, Chloe Coyle, Nicole McDaid, Eimhear Kelly, Emma McHugh, Eadaoin Devlin, Emma Campbell, Shannon White (0-1), Anna Harper (1-3), Roisin Devlin (0-1), Caoimhe Brogan (1-2), Sophie Ramsey, Aine McGrath (1-0). Subs Used: Chloe White for Eimhear Kelly. Subs not used: Sarah Campbell, Amy Douglas, Chelsea Moore, Emma Laird, Naimh McLaughlin, Roisin Harper, Sinead O’Donnell.
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