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NWP Ulster club Quarter final

1 Oct 2017

NWP Ulster Club quarter-final

Ballinderry Shamrocks 2-4 Brídíní Óga Glenravel 2-5 

This NWP Ulster Club quarter-final in Shamrock Park Ballinderry was a really tough uncompromising struggle that Brídíní Óga pulled out of the fire in the 57th minute when a free from Caoimhe McAleenan was blocked down and Victoria Edgar drilled to the Ballinderry net.

There was a lot of tension in the large travelling support over the final few minutes, but the team held their cool and got over the line for a semi-final pairing with Castlewellan.

Although this is a relatively young Brídíní Óga team, they stood up to the physical test posed by the home team and time and again Laoise McKenna, Joanne McKeown, Kirsty Laverty and Ellen Hynds around the middle and Bern Convery at full-back emerged with possession from the ruck.

There was little open play in the game, although the visitors looked that little bit more comfortable in possession.

Ballinderry had first use of the breeze and were on the attack early, but posted three wides before a free, won by Torie Edgar and converted by Caoimhe McAleenan, settled Glenravel after 5 minutes play.

Two minutes later there was a scramble just to the right of Ballinderry goals and Shauna Kelly emerged with possession to fire home the opening goal to which Caoimhe McAleenan added her second point from a free after 12 minutes.

After that however Ballinderry did the scoring up until the break with Aileen Brown’s free followed in the 20thminute with Aimee Conlon picking up a loose clearance and blasting to the Glenravel net. She immediately added a point from a good run up the left.

Although both teams created chances between then and the break, there was no change on the score-board, the teams locked on 1-2 each.

Things took a change for the worse for the visitors on the re-start with Sinead McCoy breaking with possession from the throw-in and that passage of play ended with Paula Bell hand-passing Ballinderry’s second goal. Aileen Brown added a free soon after for a 2-3 to 1-2 lead.

Kirsten Edgar however got possession from the poc out, raced clear and registered her team’s first score in half an hour. Brídíní Óga worked hard to build on this but Ashling Ward’s point was cancelled soon after by a fine score from Emma Wilson.

Kirsten Edgar took an excellent score under pressure for the visitors in the 54th minute before the late goal from her sister and the drama in the Glenravel half as they protected the single point lead to reach next Sunday’ssemi-final.

And so a dramatic week ended. As late as 10pm on Friday evening it seemed as if the same girls would have to leave Ballindery after this game to play in the Ulster club football quarter-final in Armagh. That thankfully was averted at a late hour and the football will now go ahead on Saturday afternoon next with the camogs in action 24 hours later on Sunday.

Brídíní Óga: Aine Duffin, Lianne Kerr, Bernie Convery, Leona Traynor, Sian McNeill, Laoise McKenna, Ellen Hynds, Eimhear McAleenan, Joanne McKeown, Victoria Edgar 1-0, Shauna Kelly capt. 1-0, Kirsty Laverty, Caoimhe McAleenan 0-2 frees, Ashling Ward 0-1, Kirsten Edgar 0-2.

Ballinderry : C Coyle, A McNally, L Wilson, M McKay, E McErlane, N Doyle, S Conlon, A Brown 0-2 frees, E Conway capt., E Wilson 0-1 free, M Hagan, S McCoy, A Conlon 1-1, P Bell 1-0, S McCusker.

Referee : Philip McDonald (Cavan)



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