Monday, 19 March 2018 at 07:54 AM Joe Hegarty
Disappointment for Owen Roe’s Ladies U-14s in Championship Final.
The Owen Roe’s U-14 Ladies travelled to Greencastle last Saturday to take on Fintona in the Championship Final but unfortunately lost out by 2 points. The Pearse’s were huge favorites for the title after annexing the League crown last week, but they were pushed all the way by a game set of Leckaptrick Ladies. The Fintona side were to hit hot first with the opening point but the Roe’s levelled with a Karen Hegarty point. Playing with the breeze in the first half, Fintona kept the pressure on the Roe’s backs and was soon to paid early dividends for Fintona when half forward Shannon Mc Erlean slipped in a goal and followed this up with a pointed free. Points from Kirstie Mc Fadden and Karen Hegarty again however kept the Leckpatrick side in touch. Fintona again made use of the wind on their backs and hit back with 2 of their own to again extend their lead to 2 points. Strong, surging runs from half back from Caoimhe Barr however frustrated the Fintona girls and with Taylor Conroy and Ellie Devine holding tight in the full back line and Kirstie Mc Fadden providing the link to the forwards, Owen Roe’s hit back heading towards the half time whistle with 3 unanswered points form Karen Hegarty, leaving it a one point game on 1-04 to 0-06.
The second half proved to be a “to and fro” affair however, with neither side getting the upper hand on the field or on the scoreboard. Some great passages of play from both sets of players and some fine individual performances didn’t translate into scores and Fintona edged it with 2 points whilst Owen Roe’s could only muster one from Caoimhe Barr, with the match ending Fintona 1-06 Owen Roe’s 0-07.
Massive credit to the girls for the improvements seen over the season. A special mention to their coach Paul McNulty and his small team of helpers who pulled the girls together, moulding a team that is now showing great potential.
Owen Roe’s: Aine Coyle, Taylor Conroy, Ellie Devine, Ciara Gormley, Caoimhe Barr (0-01), Orla Mc Nulty, Karen Hegarty (0-05), Kirstie Mc Fadden (0-01), Cara Mc Aleer, Roisin Mc Menamin, Sarah Devine, Rebecca Mc Menamin, Emma O’Neill.
Subs: Caitlín Doherty for Emma O’Neill, Eimear Doherty, Shakyira Kelly, Kellie Conwell, Morgan Devine.