Wednesday, 21 March 2018 at 01:26 AM Galvin Early
Despite being on top for large spells of tonight's Championship semi final Owen Roes U14 ladies found themselves very unlucky to emerge on the wrong side of a narrow defeat in Newtownstewart tonight.
The home side had a blistering start and registered 1-1 in the opening two minutes before the visitors had got into their stride. However the O'Neills slowly got to grips with their challenge and came back into the game, and on 10 minutes grabbed a goal of their own. Great work by Amy Stewart allowed Alex Kelly to finish cooly to the net.
Stewart added a point a minute later, but the hosts broke away to bag their second goal on 13 minutes.
Emer McAleer slalomed through twice in similar fashion on 15 mins and 23 mins to split the posts to leave one in it.
Late in the half, superb defending by the excellent Megan Devine resulted in Alex Kelly putting McAleer clear for a levelling point.
Half Time: Newtownstewart 2-1 Owen Roes 1-4
As in the first half it was the St.Eugenes who settled first and chalked up a rapid fire two points. Emer McAleer got Owen Roes second half account up and running with a placed kick before the same player smashed the cross bar to be denied her goal chance.
Newtown were dangerous on the break, and only stout defending by Devine, Emma McKane and Tara Donaghey denied the home side a pop at goal on 35 minutes, the hosts settling for a white flag instead.
McAleer added another to her personal tally, before the keen eye of Alex Kelly found the net on 40 minutes to put Owen Roes ahead.
However the hosts reply was instant as they grabbed their third major within 30 seconds.
Chantel McNulty scored for Owen Roes as they battled gamely making the sides equal once more with just 8 minutes remaining.
It was Newtownstewart though who made it through to the decider as the conjured with four points in the closing four minutes of the contest.
Scores at the start of each half, plus a late Newtown blitz ultimately cost Owen Roes, but the girls should be very proud of their showing tonight with the back line in particular making the hosts battle for every score. With two league games remaining the girls still have an outside chance of reaching the league final, and that'll be their aim now.
Team: Gemma Coyle, Courtney Devine, Emma McKane, Tara Donaghey, Megan Devine, Mairead Devine, Kelsey McNulty, Racheda Kelly, Emer McAleer (0-5), Chantel McNulty (0-1), Ciara McNulty, Amy Stewart (0-1), Alex Kelly (2-0). Subs: Caoimhe Barr for Mairead Devine (38 mins).