Wednesday, 21 August 2019 at 01:37 AM Joe Hegarty
Owen Roe’s Ladies Senior team made the trip to Loughmacrory
on Friday night to meet Edendork in the preliminary round of the Junior
Championship. On the back of a morale boosting win over Drumquin recently hopes
were high of the team giving a good account of themselves and this they did. In
front of a disappointing attendance for both clubs, it was Edendork who made
the early running eking out a 2 point lead before Chloe Devine pulled one back
from a free. St Malachy’s pointed again and could have their lead further only
for a good save from Naomh Barr in the north Tyrone side’s nets, parried away
for a 45. Kirstie Mc Fadden added a second for the Ro’s but Edendork were
finding their groove and extended their lead, final beating Barr. They extended
their lead with 3 unanswered scores, before finding the net for goal number 2.
A number of further points on the trot were leaving the Leckpatrick with an
uphill but they battled it out and Mc Fadden gain found her range with her
second of the net and a goal from Kaitlynn Coyle gave the Roe’s some light.
Another good save from Barr was fisted over the bar for a point. With their
opponents making better use of the wide open spaces of Páirc an Locha and their
greater experience it was the east Tyrone side that headed in at half-time with
a generous lead.
Unfortunately for the Roe’s, Edendork came out for the second half much as where they left off in the first and extended their lead further but some tenacious defending from Clodagh Devine and subs Emer Mc Aleer and Mairead Devine curbed several Edendork attacks. Edendork picked off another goal but the Owen Roe’s side weren’t fazed. A never say die attitude saw them keep harrying each Edendork attack, with Kirstie Mc Fadden also proving a thorn in the side for Edendork in attack. Racheda Kelly got on the scoresheet with a well-taken free followed by another pointed free from Chloe Devine and 2 fine saves from Barr showed a strong-willed spirit within the team to keep it going till the final whistle.
A disappointing night for the team in the Championship but with 2 away League games coming up next Friday and Sunday against Beragh and Aghaloo respectively the players can take a lot of heart from how they played against a more established and experienced side like Edendork. With several players making their adult Championship debut and a number of players new to the game, things are looking bright for the Club at Ladies Senior level.
Owen Roe’s: Naomh Barr, Aine Coyle, Orla Mc Nulty, Gemma Coyle, Caoimhe Barr, Courtney Mc Nulty, Ciara Mc Nulty, Chloe Devine (0-02), Racheda Kelly (0-01), Stacie Gilmore, Kaitlyn Coyle (1-00), Ciara Millar, Clodagh Devine, Ellie Duffy, Kirstie Mc Fadden (0-02).
Subs: Mairead Devine for Gemma Coyle, Emer Mc Aleer for Courtney Devine, Gemma Coyle and Bronagh Moreland for Clodagh Devine and Caoimhe Barr.