Wednesday, 21 March 2018 at 01:00 AM Joe Hegarty
Owen Roe’s Ladies U-16 team made the short jaunt to Aughabrack on Wednesday night to meet Omagh in the League Final but unfortunately just came up short in a thrilling finish, losing out on a scoreline of 3-08 to 3-05. It was always going to be a tight match, as both sides had met previously in the League and had to share the League points with a draw on that occasion.
Owen Roe’s had started the stronger with 3 unanswered points form Karen Hegarty, Chantelle Mc Nulty and Roisin Mc Menamin, with a fine save by keeper Gemma Coyle also keeping Omagh at arms length in the opening minutes, and indeed could have been further in front in those first 10 minutes had the upright not denied Chloe Mc Cafferty a goal. However fortunes then turned in Omagh’s favour who hit a scoring spell, posting 1-03 without reply. The introduction of Caitlyn Kelly got the Roe’s back on the scoresheet when she pointed almost immediately after her introduction as a sub. This however was cancelled out by another Omagh point leaving them in the lead at half time on 1-04 to 0-04.
Omagh started the second half the better when within 3 minutes of the restart they again found the net again. But the Roe’s fought back and again Chloe Mc Cafferty was denied a goal, this time by the Omagh keeper, and within a few minutes another shot at goal from the boot of Karen Hegarty, pulled off another good save by the Omagh number one. However the Owen Roe’s girl’s tenacity paid off when a high ball was floated in and Mc Cafferty jumped high to palm the ball to the Omagh net, leaving a 3 point difference. Omagh replied with 2 points, but again it was down to Mc Cafferty to pull it back with another goal followed up by a point leaving it a one point game going into the final 5 minutes of normal time. Omagh seemed to sense the danger and started pressing forward and things went in their favour when they stretched their lead again, picking off a goal and 2 points within a 3 minute spell. But it didn’t deter the Leckpatrick side and still they kept up the fight and it paid off with a Chantelle Mc Nulty goal into injury time. The Roe’s fought hard with the seconds ticking away in injury, plugging away for an opening to get an equalising goal but it wasn’t to come as referee Sean Harvey blew for full time, with Omagh edging a thrilling encounter by 3 points and so picking up the League title.
Well done to the Roe’s Ladies and their management team of John and Stephen Harper on reaching the final and for all their work and commitment during the year, and also well done to the Omagh side on picking up the League title.
Team: Owen Roe’s: Gemma Coyle, Niamh McDaid, Mairead Devine, Cliodhna Quinn, Taylor Conroy, Joanna McShane, Aine Coyle, Alex Kelly, Karen Hegarty (0-01), Kirsty McFadden, Chloe McCafferty (2-01), Roisin McMenamin (0-01), Orlagh Gormley, Chantel McNulty (1-01), Morgan Devine Subs: Ciara Gormley for Morgan Devine, Orla McNulty for Niamh Mc Daid, Caitlin Kelly (0-01) for Orlagh Gormley, Rebecca Mc Menamin, Sarah Devine, Ellie Devin, Eimear Doherty.