Minors reach Shield semi-final
Magherafelt 3-6 Eoghan Rua 1-11
Saturday evening saw the minor camogs take on a strong Coleraine side in the Shield quarter-final. Playing against a very strong breeze in the first half, the Rossa girls were up against it, with the Eoghan Rua attack being well supplied with long pucks from their half-backs and midfield which they duly converted. However, the girls didn’t panic and a lovely point from Dearbhla McGuckin followed by a well taken goal by Orlagh McCollum left the scores 1-9 to 1-1 in Eoghan Rua’s favour.
As has been the trend in recent games, the Rossas really turned it on in the second half, piling on the pressure from the word go. Bronagh McGuckin scored a great point just after the restart, followed by points from Dearbhla McGuckin and Brid Corrigan. Then Orlagh McCollum scored her second goal midway throughteh second half, tapping the ball from a high ball into the square. From hereon, their tails were up and with some great passing and tackling, the Rossas prevented Eoghan Rua responding. Dearbhla McGuckin added to her tally with a great goal from a free and then a point to level the match. The girls kept their heads, breaking down a number of Eoghan Rua attacks, with Gabriella McNicholl, Sinead Comer and Shaunagh Devlin making some crucials interceptions and clearances. The Rossas were rewarded for all their hard work as Brid Corrigan drove through the Eoghan Rua drfence to pop the ball over the ball and score the winner with only minutes to spare.
This was a fine peformance from Magherafelt who never gave up and battled back from 8 points down. Aimee McGuckin pulled off some great saves throughout the game but particularly in the first half under immense pressure. She was of course well supported by her full-back line Lauren, Danielle and Niamh. Dearbhla and Brid dominated midfield for much of the game while the half-forward line of Niamh McGuckin, Erin O’Loughlin and Edel Gilligan won a lot of ball and caused a lot of problems. Emer O’Donnell made some fine catches throughout and used them well with her industrious forwards Bronagh and Orlagh. All the girls played their heart out and can look forward with confidence to the semi-final.
The draw for the semi-final will take place on Tuesday night at the county board meeting, with the semi-final being played this Saturday. Details will be put on club website.
Scorers: Dearbhla McGuckin 1-3, Orlagh McCollum 2-0, Brid Corrigan 0-2, Bronagh McGuckin 0-1.
Rossa: Aimee McGuckin, Lauren Kearns, Danielle Shivers, Niamh O’Loughlin, Shaunagh Devlin, Sinead Comer, Gabriella McNicholl, Dearbhla McGuckin, Brid Corrigan, Niamh McGuckin, Erin O’Loughlin (capt), Edel Gilligan, Orlagh McCollum, Emer O’Donnell, Bronagh McGuckin.