Sunday, 17 February 2019 at 03:54 AM Joe Hegarty
Owen Roe’s and their Clann na nGael team-mates lifted the Tyrone Ladies U-16 Grade 4 League title in somewhat emphatic style on Tuesday night when they overcame Pomeroy in Greencastle, a none too lucky hunting ground for Leckpatrick sides when it comes to finals in the past.
However the girls were having none of the past disappointments and put in a solid hours performance for a deserved victory. Indeed when many teams might have been expected to tire after a hectic first half, the team seemed to get stronger and carried on the second half in much the same vein of form as the first.
Although it was Pomeroy who opened the scoring with an early point, Owen Roe’s were soon to impose their influence on the game. Shauna Devine got the Leckpatrick side on the scoreboard with a well taken free. Kirstie Mc Fadden could have followed it up with a goal only to see her shot go wide. However it was full forward Chloe Mc Cafferty who was to open the gap wider after a good ball in from Shauna Devine was placed neatly in the net by Chloe, a habit she was to carry on for the remainder of the match. Pomeroy pulled a point back but a great run through the Plunkett’s defence by Kirstie Mc Fadden again found Mc Cafferty who goaled for her second time in 3 minutes. Minutes later she repeated the feat for a third time and the Roe’s looked to be settling into the game. Kirstie Mc Fadden took a point of her own after good play by Caitlyn Kelly and the Leckpatrick girls could have extended their lead further when Caoimhe Barr narrowly missed a penalty, hitting the bottom of the right upright, only for the rebound to be swept away by the Pomeroy backs. Good defending by the Owen Roe’s backs Taylor Conroy, Joanne Mc Shane and Cliodhna Quinn shut down several Pomeroy attacks but it wasn’t to last when the Plunkett’s finally broke through for a goal of their own. Mc Fadden picked off another point in reply before an Owen Roe’s free went astray and was picked up by the Plunkett’s but they got little in return when a great save from net minder Orla Mc Nulty denied them another goal. With minutes ticking away to half time, Owen Roe’s kept the pressure on when Mc Fadden goaled and Shauna Devine pointed, leaving 4-04 to 1-02 at the break.
A good passage of play in the opening minutes of the second half involving Caoimhe Barr, Karen Hegarty and Mc Cafferty ended with Mc Fadden picking off another point. Pomeroy replied with a goal effort only to see it finger tipped over the bar by Mc Nulty for a point. Mc Fadden and Devine again pointed but Pomeroy were not going to give up easily and their attack paid dividends with a well taken goal followed quickly by a pointed free. Still it didn’t faze Owen Roe’s. Mc Fadden pointed again followed by a 4th Mc Cafferty goal who then pointed from the resulting kick out. Mc Shane and Barr, who both put in a big game throughout, pointed either side of a Pomeroy point to close out the game with a result and a performance that was deserving of a title win. Well done to all the players on the panel and to their coaches, Clodagh Devine, Amy Rose Harte and Mal Mc Daid and a big thank you to all who travelled to support the team on Tuesday night and also to those who stayed behind to prepare the food for the homecoming. Next up, it’s the chance to add a Championship title when the side meets Aghaloo in the final on Saturday week. Final score: Owen Roe’s 5-11 Pomeroy 2-07.
Owen Roe’s: Orla Mc Nulty, Niamh Mc Daid, Cliodhna Quinn, Ellie Devine, Taylor Conroy, Joanna Mc Shane (0-01), Aine Coyle, Karen Hegarty, Caoimhe Barr (0-01), Kirstie Mc Fadden (1-05), Shauna Devine (0-02 – both frees), Caitlin Kelly, Orlagh Gormley, Chloe Mc Cafferty (4-01) and Sarah Devine.
Subs: Roisin Mc Menamin for Caitlin Kelly, Ciara Gormley for Ellie Devine, Cara Mc Aleer for Orlagh Gormley, Eimear Doherty, Aine Melarkey, Rebecca Mc Menamin, Hollie Mc Carron, Ella Mc Carron.