Clann Eireann (Armagh) 1-4
DONAGHMOYNE turned in an impressive display to book their place in the Ulster final against Donegal champions Glenfin when they overcome Armagh side Clann Eireann on Sunday afternoon in Lurgan.
Cathriona McConnell was instrumental in the victory along with the exceptional display from Niamh Lynch and the performances of Sharon Courtney and Amanda Casey. The Fontenoy’s played into a strong wind in the opening period but still found themselves four points clear at the break despite a a shaky start. The home side had led by three points after nine minutes but only managed to score a further point, that coming in the second half.
Sinead McCleary give the Armagh side the early advantage with a well taken point but two times All Ireland champions Donaghmoyne hit back with Eileen McElroy and Casey both splitting the posts. The sides were level when Aine Hoye pointed and from the resultant kickout the home side struck for the games opening major. It came when Donaghmoyne ‘keeper Linda Martin hit the ball straight to Hoye who quickly released the ball to Shauna O’Hagan to fire to the net. McConnell and O’Hagan exchanged points to leave three between them with just nine minutes gone.
The high tempered pace continued but it was the visitors that were beginning to dominate with McConnell very much to the fore. The all star nominee hit a brace and them McElroy brought the sides level with 12 minutes of the half remaining. Three minutes later and McConnell struck for a major and send her side into a lead they were never to relinquish. A patient build up was finished when a pin point pass from Orla McKeown picked out McConnell who had found space behind the Lurgan defence and she finished to the net under the advancing Catherine McAlinden in the goal. McConnell added a point but the home side had the oke of half time Donaghmoree. Then on the stroke of half time Donaghmoyne. Then on the stroke of half time Donaghmoyne almost hit but this time M McConnell had the opportunity but this time McAlinden was quick off her line to beat away the effort with her legs to leave it at break Donaghmoyne 1-7 Clann Eireann 1-3.
Within 20 seconds of the restart the eventual winners extended that lead with McConnell again on target. Within a minute the younger McConnell, Sandra had a goal chance but her effort was well blocked by a defender. Cathriona McConnell fired over a free, the games first score from a free and then Hazel Kingham stretched the advantage further with one from play six minutes into the second period.
Clann Eireann hit what was to be their only score of the half and their first since the ninth minute through Mags McAlinden eight minutes into the half. Scores began to become few and far between until McConnell brought her tally to 1-7 with a free ten minutes remaining. Points from McElroy, McKeown and Sandra McConnell completed a ten point victory and a place in yet another Ulster decider. They will have the chance to make up for last year’s defeat and will start hot favourites but will know what last year’s Donegal champions Termon did and will not want a repeat against the new Donegal champions Glenfin.
Donaghmoyne: Linda Martin, Joanne Geoghegan, Michelle Grimes, Niamh Lynch, Arlene Keenan, Fiona Courtney, Hazel Kingham (0-1), Amanda Casey (0-1), Sharon Courtney, Joanne Courtney, Cora Courtney, Eileen McElroy (0-3), Annette Duffy, Cathriona McConnell (1-7 (0-2f), Orla McKeown (0-1).
Subs: Lisa Kingham for A Keenan, Sandra McConnell (0-1) for A Duffy, Gina McGowan for H Kingham, Niamh Callan for J Courtney, Aine Finnegan for O McKeown.
Clann Eireann: Catherine McAlinden, Rhona McKeever, Laura Brown, Laura McAreavey, Shannon McConville, Aine Purdy, Grainne McAlinden, Naebh Moriartty, Aine Hoye (0-1), Mags McAlinden (0-1,f), Sinead McCleary (0-1), Niamh Henderson, Cliodhna McDaid, Shauna O’Hagan (1-1), Emma Maye.
Subs: Orlaigh McConville for C McDaid, Julie Henderson for E Maye.
Ulster Junior Club Semi-final
Saturday 15th October Inniskeen V Cloughaneely (Donegal )
Inniskeen 3-10 Cloughaneely 1-3
Inniskeen attacked the game from the start but failed to produce any scores despite having most of the play. However in the 5th minute a pass from Abbey Duffy was collected by Bronagh Duffy who selected Voreen Quigley to plant the ball in the back of the net. Following a foul on Miriam Kelly, Bronagh Duffy pointed and this was followed up by point a piece from Miriam Kelly and Bronagh Duffy with great interplay from Voreen Quigley and Tracy Mc Geeney. In the 13th minute Tracy Mc Geeney once again was involved in sending the ball into Voreen Quigley, who once more sent it reeling into the back of the net. Cloughaneely were trying hard but great defence work from Inniskeen and some good saves from Fiona Callan kept them scoreless. Then in the 15th minute Cloughaneely had a 45 awarded and Edel Mc Ginley stepped up to kick pass the ball to Rachel Curran who sent it over the bar, another free for Cloughaneely was sent in towards goal but the hard working Isobel Kierans won it high on the square, a let off for Inniskeen. In the 24th minute Voreen Quigley pointed from a pass by Roisin Mc Kenna. Cloughaneely finished of the half stronger when in the 29 & 30th minutes Rachel Curran put the ball in the Inniskeen net and a minute late Edel Mc Ginley pointed. Cloughaneely had another two shots before the half but failed to record scores.
Inniskeen emerged from the break in a determined fashion but failed to put the ball under or over the bar. It took all of 8 minutes when Voreen Quigley collected a great ball from Tracy Mc Geeney and sent it into the full forward line where Roisin Mc Kenna was on hand to punch it into the net. Edel Kierans was introduced in the 10th minute and she immediately got into the action, but the next score came from Cloughaneely’s Karen Feeney when she pointed from a free. Inniskeen got the next four scores from Roisin Mc Kenna, Voreen Quigley, Bronagh Duffy (fr) and Linda Callan. Despite Cloughaneely throwing everything at Inniskeen, the team stood firm with great defence work and when up front were rewarded with two more scores from Voreen Quigley and Roisin Mc Kenna…Inniskeen are now set for an Ulster final Showdown with Sperrin Og from Tyrone
Inniskeen Team … Fiona Callan, Eimear Kelly, Sharon Mc Gahon(Capt.), Ruth Lorenz, Arlene Kelly, Laura Kelly, Aisling Mc Geeney, Isobel Kierans, Linda Callan, Tracy Mc Geeney, Abby Duffy, Miriam Kelly, Bronagh Duffy, Voreen Quigley, Roisin Mc Kenna. Subs: Edel Kierans, Kathrina Byrne, Josephine Fitzpatrick, Julieanne Finnegan, Alice Mc Gahon.
Cloughaneely Team… Mary B O’Donnell, C Diver, B Ferry, T Ferry, R Mc Ginley, E Mc Kinley, D Stewart, K Coyle, Edel Mc Ginley, Karen Feeney M Mc Manus, Collum, L Gallagher, Rachel Curran A Coll.
Inniskeen now meet the Tyrone champions Sperrin Og on the bank holiday weekend
U16 League final replay – D1- 15 aside
Donaghmoyne 8-6 Scotstown 2-3
Donaghmoyne: Niamh Markey, Amy Finn, Alanah Mc Elroy, Cathy Deery, Siobhan Keenan, Sinead Murray, Nicole Keenan, Aine Mc Elroy, Roisin Finnegan, Ellen Tibby, Niamh Callan, Laura Mc Mahon, Rosemary Courtney, Chloe Woods, Megan Mc Geough. Subs used…Michaela Mc Skeane, Louise Kearney, Lauren Mc Crossan, Emma Keenan, Lorraine Donaghy.
Scotstown: Alanna Mc Carey, Orla King, Laura Brady, Laura Kilpatrick, Fionnaula Caulifield, Laura Bryne, Francis Connolly-Hughes, Laura Carey, Casey Treanor, Eimear Mc Kenna, Orla Treanor, Megan Ward, Andrea Beggan, Orlaigh Smyth, Derbhla Sherry.