Historic Win For Corduff Ladies:
Sunny Drumhowan was the venue for the Monaghan Ladies Gaelic Division 2 League Final, Corduff V Carrick with a large crowd of supporters in attendance. This final between the neighbouring clubs from the Machaire Rois Parish was eagerly anticipated and didn’t disappoint. Carrick, last year’s Junior Champions were up against a Corduff side which have been knocking on the door for the last few years and having won all their league matches were certainly going in as favourites.
Corduff started as per programme while Carrick made a pre-match change starting Holly O’Reilly for Melissa Gartlan.
It was Corduff that registered the first score of the game in the 1st minute while Carrick had a number of wides before getting on the scoreboard in the 6th minute putting the sides level for the first time. Corduff added to their tally going 0-7 to 0-2 up by the 19th minute and then converted a penalty extending their lead by 1-07 to 0-03. Carrick responded and took control scoring the next 3 points reducing the margin to 4 points. By the halftime whistle Corduff had once again extended their lead by 1 with the halftime score of 1-8 to 0-6.
At the restart, Corduff got off to a dream start scoring a goal, extending their lead further and it was double scores at this point 2-08 to 0-7. It looked as if it might be one way traffic from here on but Carrick bounced back with 2 points. They continued to dominate the game scoring 1-03 without reply narrowing the margin to a point , 2-9 to 1-11 levelling matters in the 27th minute 2-10 to 1-13 making for a nervous finish for both sides and their supporters. Nothing like a bit of excitement to get the spectators behind their team. And that was it, by the final whistle the neighbouring clubs were level 2-10 to 1-13 pushing the game to extra time.
Corduff totally dominated the first period of extra time holding Carrick scoreless going 6 points up at the interval. Carrick lost their keeper Kerry to injury early in Extra time and we wish her a speedy recovery. Carrick did however respond in the second period scoring 1-01 once again reducing the margin to a goal, yet again making for a nervous finish as the clock ticked down but Corduff had enough done and by the final whistle won on a score line of 3-14 to 2-14 in a historic win for Corduff Ladies to the rapturous and estacic delight and cheers of team and supporters.
The Player Of The Match award went to Corduff’s Kerrie Walsh for her super game. Congratulations!
Corduff: Sinéad Loughlin, Abbie Finegan, Naomi Cogan, Fiona Patton, Dearbhla Callan, Rachel Kane, Leah Cooney, Kate Brennan ( JC ), Hannah Finegan, Laura McEnaney2-03 ( JC ), Emma Byrne1-01, Fiona Corrigan, Kerrie Anne Walsh 0-03, Emma Conlon 0-02, Eva woods 0-05, Tracey Hill, Katie Walsh, Georgia Smyth, Annie Brennan, Chloe Finnegan, Shauna Russell, Ellie Ward, Abbie McGivney, Cora Cooney, Terri Englishby, Eleanor McKeown, Barbara Ward, Elena McEnaney, Sarah McEnaney, Niamh Callan and Lorna Hand. One sub used ; Katie Walsh for Fiona Corrigan.
Manager Sean King, Selector Darragh Roe and Trainer David Mee are all to be complemented on their dedication and commitment to the team. Attention turns to the Championship and many more winning days!
Corduff Gaels Results:
Intermediate Championship: Corduff Gaels played Magheracloone Mitchells in the first round of the Intermediate Championship on Saturday evening last in Inniskeen. There was nothing between the sides for most of this game with the sides level twice in the first half on 2 points and again on 4 points but it was the Mitchells that went in a point ahead at half time 1-4 to 0-6. The third quarter was another nip and tuck affair with matters levelling again 3 times. The last quarter was dominated by Magheracloone with Corduff struggling to register scores with a final score of 1-14 to 0-11. Corduff have a BYE this week with Cremartin at home on Saturday 20th August.
Bogue Foodhall Under 15 Division 5B Cup Final.
Doohamlet was the venue for the U15 Division 5 Final last Friday against Monaghan Harps. Corduff opened the scoring with a brilliant goal. Monaghan Harps took control of the game from here in and proved to be too strong for Corduff. Great credit goes to Corduff for never giving up. The panel was Oran Farrelly, Matthew Dearey, Jamie Martin, Macara Crossan, Finlay Mckeown
( JC ), Jack King, Owen Hand, Conor McCluskey, Jessie Crossan, Conor Hand, Jack Marron ( JC ), Thomas watt, Nathan McGarrell, Lewis McGivney, Harry McCabe, Dillon Conlon, Cillian McArdle, Shane Hand, Noel Murtagh, Donnacha Kennedy, David Corrigan and Ben Murnaghan. Thanks to mentors Darren Hughes, Adrian Burns and Gerry Mee for their work and commitment to the team.
Port Mór Tournament:
Corduff Gaels U11 and a half squad had a big day out at the Port Mór Tournament in Armagh on Sunday. Corduff defeated Kildress Co Tyrone, Kilishel Co Down, Derrynoose Co Armagh and drew with hosts Port Mór to top the group to qualify for the Cup Semifinal which was a super achievement. In the semifinal they were defeated by Clan na Gael Co. Armagh. Corduff Gaels are super proud of this squad of players which wasn’t just the only team for County Monaghan but the only team from the South at it. Massive thanks to mentors Colm Gilsenan and Noel Crossan for organizing the team and to all the parents who travelled to Port Mór club. The players had a wonderful time and it was a brilliant experience for all of them.
Corduff Gaels Fixtures:
Best wishes to the Corduff Gaels team and management in the Platinum Tanks Reserve Championship Crawley Cup Final this Saturday against Toome in Inniskeen at 6pm. Once again we’re calling on all Corduff supporters to go along to support the team as they go for the Reserve double.
Saturday 13th August U7 Blitz in Donaghmoyne 10 am
Saturday 13th August U11s Corduff V Clontibret 11am and 12 noon.