Darragh's Joinery Antrim Intermediate semi-finals
Darragh’s Joinery Antrim Intermediate semi-finals
Brídíní Óga 4-8 Cargin 2-9
Loughgiel 9-17 Ballycastle 0-0
There were contrasting semi-final wins for Brídíní Óga Glenravel and Loughgiel Shamrocks in tonight’s Darragh’s Joinery Intermediate championship semi-finals at Ahoghill and Armoy.
While Brídíní Óga struggled to a narrow victory over Cargin, Loughgiel’s twin teenage strike force of Roisin McCormick and Charley McCarry ripped Ballycastle apart in Armoy.
McCormick scored 3-4 in the opening half and McCarry 1-1 as the Shamrocks built up a comfortable 4-10 total at the break.
The Shamrocks’ management brought out Eimear Boyle from goals in the second half and she fired in two more goals, while McCormick went on to hit a further 2-5 during the second half to set up a derby final on Saturday 16th September.
Over in Ahoghill, Brídíní Óga created the better openings over the hour, but trailed through to the 41st minute when Ashling Ward’s second goal edged them ahead by 2-7 to 2-5.
But as had been the case from the start of the game, a dogged Cargin side responded to level with two Katie McAnenly points. Torie Edgar then edged Glenravel ahead again with a point from a 45 only for McAnenly once again to level at 2-8 each with less than seven minutes left to play.
Brídíní Óga then hit two hammer blows in the 55th and 56th minutes from which Cargin couldn’t recover. Firstly Ashling Ward allowed a through ball to beat her and then she raced on to the loose ball in space, picked it up and fired home from close range to complete her hat-trick on the night.
80 seconds later Ward was again creating problems in the right corner and as the sliotar went loose around the goal area, Clodagh McCann smashed it to the corner of the net.
Those two moments provided that bit of clinical finishing that the Glenravel team had been lacking earlier in the game.
During the opening half they created plenty of space up front, but often took the wrong option by shooting from narrow angles or not exploiting two on one situations with goals. They also had an off-night from frees, while Katie McAnenly missed only one of the seven opportunities she got from placed balls.
Although Torie Edgar had opened the scoring in the 4thminute, Paula McCann skipped in from the left corner to find the net for Cargin a minute later, and the Toome girls went on to maintain that lead for the next 35 minutes.
Although Caoimhe McAleenan hit two points in response, Grainne McAtamney got inside the cover on the right wing, drew the corner back before passing to Tanya O’Neill who in turn found Una Cassidy for a goal.
Laoise McKenna found Ashling Ward for a Glenravel goal in the 17th minute to put the sides level at 1-4 to 2-1, but Cargin held firm at the back and broke for four more points before the break where they turned around 2-5 to 1-6 ahead.
Cargin failed to score for the opening 13 minutes of the second half and during that time, Glenravel took the initiative while Cargin became the team trying to break through.
In the end Glenravel did enough to get over the line with Laoise McKenna, Kirsty Laverty and Ellen Hynds their most consistent players over the hour along with cameo performances from a number of others at crucial times.
Cargin can’t really have any complaints about the final score. They put up dogged resistance from start to finish with Eleanor Mallon, Kate and Bronagh Laverty and Grainne McAtamney working hard. Katie McAnenly was superb from placed balls, some inside her own half, but in general play she found herself too well boxed up by two and often three Glenravel defenders.
Brídíní Óga: Aine Duffin, Lianne Kerr, Bernie Convery, Leona Traynor, Joanne McKeown, Ellen Hynds, Clodagh McCann 1-0, Laoise McKenna, Sian McNeill, Victoria Edgar 0-3, 0-2 frees, Kirsty Laverty 0-1, Caoimhe McAleenan 0-3, 0-2 frees, Ashling Ward 3-0, Eimhear McAleenan, Kirsten Edgar 0-1.
Cargin : Maura Creelman, Julie McCloskey, Eleanor Mallon, Caoimhe Rose Johnstone, Orla Rooney, Kate Laverty, Carla Darragh, Cathy Carey, Bronagh Laverty, Grainne McAtamney 0-1, Katie McAnenly 0-7, 0-6 frees, Colleen Traynor, Tanya O’Neill, Una Cassidy 1-0, Paula McCann 1-1.
Referee : Harry Graham (Ahoghill)
Loughgiel scorers : Roisin McCormick 5-9, 0-3 frees, Charley Mccarry 2-3, 0-1 free, Eimear Boyle 2-0, Lucia McNaughton 0-4, Therese McKinley 0-2.