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Published on May 16th, 2016 | by admin

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Minor B Camogie final Dunloy 5-05 Creggan 1-09

Minor B Championship Final

Dunloy 5-05 Creggan 1-09

Dunloy Minor camogs collected the second trophy in a week for the club by capturing the Shield against a strong Creggan side. Following on from our U14 camogs County Feile title win the good work and progress in Camogie within the club was again evident in Portglenone.

The two sides met recently in the group stages with Dunloy running out easy winners but this Creggan side were bolstered by players who were missing on that day. Creggan won a trilling encounter against Carmel’s the week before so Dunloy knew they would be up against it in the final.

Both sides looked nervy in the opening exchanges with misplaced passes and dropped balls but it was Creggan who notched the first score with a well taken point. Dunloy then got on the board with their first score with corner forward Lisa McGuckian finding the net. Again Creggan responded with a pointed free to leave the minimum between the sides.

Dunloy were guilty of missing some bad frees from scorable positions. However, Orlagh O’Neill was on hand to drop a free in which mislead the Creggan keeper to end up in the net. Dunloy now lead 2-00 to 0-02. Creggan continued to show that they were intent on making Dunloy work hard by scoring another 2 points.

Another score was needed by Dunloy to settle them down and it was yet again a goal. Mary McToal raised the green flag with Orlagh O’Neill knocking over a free. Creggan fired over a point to leave the score at the break Dunloy 3-01 Creggan 0-05.

The second half was the exact same with Creggan and Dunloy’s defenders ruling the game. Both sets of defenders were outstanding over the hour hence why scoring was so little. Dunloy’s Lisa McGuckian got the ball rolling with a well taken point. A clearance from Captain Caoimhe Conlon was played into Aimee Ingram who played in Lisa to turn and fire over. Creggan continued to keep the score board ticking over with pointed frees and refuse to lie down.

Dunloy found the net again followed by a hard worked point by corner forward Dearbhail Magill. With the score board reading 4-02 to 0-07 Creggan needed a goal to get them back into it. A 30 yard free was hammered to the top corner of the net to leave the impressive Dunloy keeper Kirsty McFerran with no chance at all. It was game on again and Creggan had the Dunloy backs under severe pressure. Amy Forde & Luanne Smyth repeatedly cleared their lines on the left hand side to keep Creggan at bay.

Scores were needed and Dunloy started to find their range for points. Mary McToal (2) and Orlagh O’Neill steadied the nerves by firing over the bar to put further distance between the sides. Creggan continued to knock over points but the final say went to the hard working Dearbhail Magill who hammered home the fifth and final goal for Dunloy.

Referee Ryan O’Reilly called for time to leave the final score Dunloy 5-05 Creggan 1-09.

Full credit to Creggan who had a fine game over the hour with a number of brilliant performances in Alisha McAuley, Martine McCann and Mya Quinn.

For Dunloy It was a day for the defence to be proud. Goalie Kirsty McFerran had a fine game and campaign for the minors in her first season. Full backs Amy Forde and Chloe Reid were solid throughout the hour. The half back line of Eilis Kearns, Chloe Boyd and Luanne Smyth turned each and every ball that came to them, another great performance form the trio.

A midfield it was captain Caoimhe Conlon who was Dunloy’s work horse along with Michaela Ingram. The pair covered all the space of the pitch. Dunloy’s forwards found the Creggan back line extremely tough and chances were few and far between but when the scores were needed they duly delivered.

A fine end to the season for the Minors who collected the first silverware at this grade for 7 years. With a number of the girls only 15 years old and just out of U14 it makes it even more special. Congratulations to each and every one of them.

Dunloy team

Kirsty McFerran, Chloe Reid, Amy Forde, Eilis Kearns, Chloe Boyd, Luanne Smyth, Caoimhe Conlon (captain), Michaela Ingram, Aimee Ingram, Orlagh O’Neill, Mary McToal, Dearbhail Magill, Lisa McGuckian.

Subs used – Sorcha Connor, Carla Doherty, Aimee Johnston, Grace Patterson, Katherine Mullan

Many thanks to Sean Mullan for the pictures https://picasaweb.google.com/105332373877501319805/6285073570777492817

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