Portglenone take Under 16 A2 title
U16 CHAMPIONSHIP A2 FINAL
Portglenone 5-10 Brídíní Óga Glenravel 2-4
Portglenone added the under 16 A2 championship trophy to the league title they clinced a fortnight ago against the same opposition when they defeated Brídíní Óga Glenravel on Sunday afternoon.
Although the Glenravel side were on the attack in the opening minutes they failed to hit the target, while at the other end Niamh Hamill held off a couple of defenders to land the first point.
Portglenone pushed on from there with their half back line of Émer Vallely, Cait McFall and Dearbhla Dobbin very strong and Aoibhinn McCloskey running at pace from centre-field. McCloskey scored seven points in the opening half, including two from frees and that accuracy put Glenravel in trouble.
Ellie McKinley scored the opening point for Glenravel in the 13th minute, but had to go off shortly after with an ankle injury. Shortly after Laura McCann scored an opportunistic goal, but Glenravel finished the half strongest with a point from Orla Donnelly and a goal from Eibhlin Gould.
Again the losers started the second half strongly but got little reward, while at the other end goals from Laura McCann and Aoibh Vallely sealed the win for Portglenone.
Glenravel cut out the threat of Aoibhinn McCloskey coming through from midfield after the break but they couldn’t find a way back into the game despite a goal from Erin Coulter who switched from goals to full-forward.
Goals in the last ten minutes from Aoibh Vallely and Niamh Hamill complete the win for the Ports while Eibhlin Gould and Orla Donnelly added late consolation points for Glenravel who kept battling to the end.
Portglenone : Caraerrin Keenan, Clare McGowan, Orla Convery, Annie O’Kane, Émer Vallely, Cait McFall (capt), Dearbhla Dobbin, Alisha Convery 0-2, Aoibhinn McCloskey 0-7, Colleen Henry, Clodagh Convery, Caitlin O’Kane, Aoibh Vallely 2-0, Niamh Hamill 1-1, Laura McCann 2-0.
Subs : Meabh McAuley for C McGowan, Ashling Dunlop for C Henry, Emily Payne for A Vallely.
Brídíní Óga : Erin Coulter 1-0, Gemma McPeake, Jessica McIlhatton, Aislinn Duffin, Roisin Mulholland, Sarah Fyfe, Ciara McCormick capt., Eibhlin Gould 1-1, Aisling Donnelly, Aisling Mulholland, Ellie McKinley 0-1, Orla Donnelly 0-2, Emer Butler, Amy McIlhatton, Aoibhinn Cosgrove.
Subs : Emer Donnelly, Niamh Small, Charlotte McAuley, Clodagh McCusker, Caoimhe Higgins.
Referee : Gerry Cosgrove (Cushendall)