Tuesday, 16 January 2018 at 07:12 AM Joe Hegarty
Urney overcome Owen Roe’s to lift Ladies U-16 Championship title.
Owen Roe’s and Urney U16 girls served up a highly entertaining Grade 5 Championship Final in Strabane on Sunday past. Owen Roe’s had taken a narrow lead into the break but a whirlwind start to the second half saw Urney collect their first ever bit of silverware in ladies football.
The opening minute gave a flavor of what was to come with Karen Hegarty pointing for Owen Roe’s with Meaghan McGettigan making a great save at the other end with Urney pointing from a resulting free courtesy of Teegan Lynch. Hegarty dragged a goal chance just wide shortly after, before good work by Taylor Conroy allowed Cara McAleer to clip over.
Owen Roe’s were well on top in the early period and bagged a goal when Conroy was quickest to a ball off the bar to tap home to the rigging. Kirsty McFadden added a point before Urney struck back with a goal from Teegan Lynch.
A well taken Roisin McMenamin score nosed Owen Roe’s three ahead but parity was restored on 11 minutes with Lynch goaling a well taken leveller for Urney.
Chances were flowing at both ends with the upright and defenders getting in the way more often than not.
Hegarty picked off a great free for Owen Roe’s with Urney sub Caitlin Owens cancelling that effort out a few minutes later. Owen Roe’s could’ve had a goal when McFadden went on a scintillating run but Faith Harper in the Urney goal denied the Leckpatrick attacker. Not to be denied McFadden worked some space from the rebound to score.
Deep in added time it was McFadden again in range with a well taken score.
Half Time: Owen Roe’s 1-7 Urney 2-2
The girls from the Donegal border pulled one back just after the restart as they had a four minute blitz that would ultimately see them home.
Firstly Shauna Meehan bagged a goal and two more followed in quick succession as Owens flicked a high ball to the net and Lynch completed her hat trick.
However the O’Neills steadied the ship and regrouped and from 8 points down battled to get back into the game. Ten minutes into the second half they did just that as Hegarty sent an Exocet to the net.
The game continued to ebb and flow as both sides switched from attack to defence throughout the half. A well taken Ally Canning score took Urney six clear but back came Owen Roe’s again.
McFadden added to her tally from play before Hegarty goaled an upgrade on her earlier effort as she whistled a goal to the top corner of the net.
Owen Roe’s were putting Urney’s credentials to the test but the Saint Columba’s stood firm and late points from Canning, Meehan and a weaving run and score from Lynch ensured that the trophy was heading to Clady.
Well done to both sides on a thoroughly entertaining game. Owen Roe’s prepare now for their League Final with Badoney this weekend, currently scheduled for this Sunday in Urney.
Owen Roe’s: Meaghan McGettigan, Orla McNulty, Ellie Devine, Aine Coyle, Niamh McDaid, Caoimhe Barr, Taylor Conroy (1-0), Ciara Gormley, Caitlin Kelly, Kirstie McFadden (0-4), Roisin McMenamin (0-1), Cara McAleer (0-1), Karen Hegarty (2-2). Subs: Sarah Devine for Caitlin Kelly, Sarah McGranaghan for Karen Hegarty, Eimear Doherty, Rebecca McMenamin, Emma O’Neill.
Urney: Faith Harper, Ellen Sweeney, Grace Langan, Leona McGonagle, Alisha McBride, Ellie Mae Elliot, Ally Canning (0-2), Shauna Meehan (1-1), Abaigh Logue, Emma McCrea, Chloe McGonagle, Teegan Lynch (3-3), Mariah Faherty. Subs: Caitlin Owens (1-1) for Leona McGonagle. Ellie Cubbins, Kiva McDivette.