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Ulster Colleges’ Corn Uan Uladh Final

St Patrick’s Maghera           5-3      Cross & Passion Ballycastle          1-7

The Ulster Colleges’ Senior camogie title is back in Maghera after a five year absence but they had to really fight all the way to see off the challenge of Cross & Passion Ballycastle at Creggan yesteday afternoon.

The teams were evenly matched with perhaps the heroics of Jolene Bradley in the Maghera goals the difference.  She pulled off a number of fantastic stops including point-blank efforts from Samanatha McKillen and Aisling McFadden.

Goals from Karen Kielt and then Shannon Kearney gave Maghera an early boost, but Aisling McFadden’s goal in the 22nd minute narrowed the advantage to 2-2 to 1-4 at the break.

It took all of 10 minutes for the first score of the second half – another Maghera goal this time from a handpass from Mary Kelly.

Ballycastle edged closer but a goal 10 minutes from time from Grainne McNicholl gave her side the confidence to sprint for the line, a second goal from Shannon Kearney confirming Maghera’s 12th crown.

St Patrick’s : M Kelly 1-0, G McNicholl 1-1, K Kielt 1-2, S Kearney 2-0.

Cross & Passion : R Walsh 0-2, N Dobbin 0-1, S McKillen 0-1, A McFadden 1-2, E McMullan 0-1.


Ulster Senior D camogie final

Colßiste Feirste / St Dominic’s 4-8            St Paul’s Kilrea        0-5

The combination team of Colßiste Feirste and St Dominic’s was good enough to collect the silverware in their first Ulster Colleges’ Senior final in Maghera yesterday.

The experimental team proved superior to St Paul’s Kilrea, with Orlaith NÝ Dhubhthaigh and Meadhbh Laverty dominant forces at centre-back and centre-forward respectively.

For St Paul’s, Siobhan Mullan and Caoimhe Quigg battled strongly in defence and Christina Darragh probably edged the midfield clash.

Goals from Meadhbh Laverty and Meabh McCurdy put the city side 2-5 to 0-2 ahead at the break and really the game was over at that stage.

Christina Darragh hit two points on the re-start but further goals from AislÝn NÝ Chionn and Duibheasa O’Reilly wrapped up the title for the combination outfit.

Colßiste Feirste / St Dominic’s : Eimhear Costelloe, Aoife Rooney, Aoife Maskey, Orla McKernan, Orlaith NÝ Dhubhthaigh, Niamh Semple, Aimee Cunningham, Meabh McCurdy capt. 1-1, Brona NÝ Raghallaigh 0-2, Meadhbh Laverty 1-5, AislÝn NÝ Neill, Ciara NÝ Raghallaigh, Sarah-Jane Armstrong, AislÝn NÝ Chionn 1-0, Duibheasa O’Reilly 1-0.

Subs : Saorla Nic Uidhir C NÝ Raghallaigh, Neteesha De Brun for A NÝ Choinn.

St Paul’s : Una Bradley, Cassie McNicholl, Megan McMahon, Bronagh McKeefry,  Emma Lagan, Siobhan Mullan, Caoimhe Quigg capt., Gemma Weir, Christina Darragh 0-3, Amy Quigg, Aisling McAleese, Roisin O’Kane, Aoife Quinn, Danielle McAllister 0-1, Shannon Deighan.

Sub : Katie Bradley for D McAllister 0-1.



Corn Eimhear final:

St Patrick’s Maghera    4-13  St Mary’s Magherafelt  1-5

St Patrick’s Maghera completed the Senior / Junior double in the space of 4 days with this impressive showing in the Corn Eimhear final in Casement Park on Saturday.

In doing so they took their title count at this level to double-figures and must surely have hopes of going one step further than the defeat they suffered in the All-Ireland final back in March.

While it was a superb team performance from Maghera, the contributions of three players stood out.

In defence Aoife NÝ Chaiside ruled supreme, often bursting through midfield to lin-up with her attack.  Team captain Noleen McKenna drove forward with that same intensity of purpose and managed to pick off a few scores along the way, while Shannon Kearney’s sharpness up front provided a focal point for the attack.

Although Catherine McColgan opened the scoring for Magherafelt with a superb solo point, Shannon Kearney established control for her team with a sixth minute goal.

Maghera were dominant from then on, although they did not post it on the score-board until a spell after Noleen McKenna sent over their fourth point from distance after 17 minutes.

Within the next 5 minutes, Maghera doubled their total with Emma Agnew’s angled effort for the goal the pick of the scores.

Shauna Quinn drove forward just before half-time and Claire Burns finished to the net for a 3-8 to 0-4 interval advantage.

Magherafelt enjoyed their best spell during the third quarter. Boosted by a goal from Sarah Reid, but Shannon Kearney kick-started a last quarter flurry of scores for the winners with her second goal in the 45th minute.

St Patrick’s : Eimear Friel, Bronagh Laverty, Maeve Quinn, Holly Scullion, Noeleen McKenna 0-4, 0-3 frees, Aoife NÝ Chaiside, Nuala Convery, Shauna Quinn 0-2, Catherine McCloskey 0-1, Mairead McNicholl 0-1, Emma Agnew 1-0, Saoirse McPeake, Catherine McKeefrey, Shannon Kearney 2-4, 0-1 free, Clare Burns 1-1.

St. Mary’s : Aimee McGuckin, Alice McCormick, Maria McLarnon, Grainne McClenaghan, Gabriela McNicholl, Fiona Maguire, Sinead Donnelly, Rachel Mulholland, Aine McAllister 0-3 frees, Emma Devlin, Aine Mulholland, Brid Corrigan, Catherine McColgan 0-1, Sarah Reid 1-1, Claire Graham.

Referee : Frank McDonald (Armagh)


Liatroim Fontenoys’ Cup final:

St Louis Ballymena 4-5 Loreto Coleraine  0-1   

An impressive hat-trick from Ellen Gribben underlined a comfortable victory for St Louis Ballymena in this Fontenoy Cup final in Casement Park on Saturday.

Loreto Coleraine put up stout defence througout the tie with Eilis McNamee and Rosanna McAleese prominent, but their back-line was under constant pressure to keep the scoreline to manageable proportions.

St Louis had competent performers in all areas of the field, with Lauren Elliot and Shannon Woulahan mopping up any trouble at the back.

Lucia McNaughton and Niamh Doherty dominated midfield, but their attack was wasteful, although a lot of the credit here goes to the tenacity of the Loreto full-back line and goalie Bronagh McKinney.

Loreto got their only score at the very start, a superb effort from Nicole O’Neill.  The first of Ellen Gribben’s goals arrived in the 9th minute and established cotnrol for St Louis.

Three points from Emma McAleese just before the break left it a 1-4 to 0-1 margin for the second half.

The Loreto defence held firm until the 42nd minute when the second Gribben goal opened a gap and St Louis added 3 more in the last 10 minutes from Emma McAleese, Ellen Gribben and a delightful dipping shot from Shannon Woulahan.


St Louis : Shari Carey, Gemma Mooney, Shannon Woulahan 1-0, Kathryn Bradley, Maria Lynn, Laren Elliott, Eimear McGarry, Lucia McNaughton, Niamh Doherty, Sarah Connolly, Helen McGhee 0-1, Anna Kearney, Ellen Gribben 3-1, Corey Weir, Emma McAleese 1-3.

Subs : Cara McIntyre for S Weir, Rioghnach McNaughton for S Kearney, Jane McAleese for E McAleese, Danielle O’Mullan for G Mooney, Nicole McQuillan, Sinead Dougan, Niamh Kennedy, Courtney White.

Loreto : Br¾nagh McKinney, Nadine Kearns, Danielle Ferris, Clodagh Connolly, Jessical Hickinson, Tres Rafferty, capt., +ilÝs McNamee, Claire Tracey, Christen O’Kane, Rosanna McAleese, Laura McKeague, Megan Kerr, Katie Burns, Nicole O’Neill, Maeve Lofthouse.

Subs: Caoimhe McGowan for C Connolly, Nicola Cassidy for L McKeague, Laura McIntyre for D Ferris.

Declan Magee (Down)


Medallion Centre Junior Shield final:

St Colm’s Draperstown 4-10  St Columba’s Portaferry 3-5

Saturday’s Ulster Colleges’ Junior Shield final in Corrigan Park Belfast certainly provided great entertainment for the sizeable attendance, but it was the more experienced St Colm’s Draperstown that finished strongly to claim a first title.

Portaferry, with telling performances from Claire Keith, Amy Coulter, Sarah Louise Coleman and Niamh Mallon led by two points entering the last quarter.

A goal from Ciara Scullion pushed Draperstown ahead once more, but it wasn’t until a Paula McElwee goal 7 minutes from time that a gap opened between the teams.

Portaferry got the better start, the excellent Niamh Mallon completing a long solo run with a goal.  Karen McGovern’s 21st minute goal pulled Draperstown back into contention and the teams were locked on 1-4 each at the break.

The Ards’ side hit the front on the re-start with a goal from Rebecca Martin, only for Mary Hegarty to hit back with a similar score.

Niamh Mallon set-up substitute Sian Crawford for a Portaferry goal in the 39th minute and that put her team 3-4 to 2-5 ahead. 

However Paula McElwee, Bronagh McGillian and Aimee Kelly took the game by the scruff of the neck during the final quarter to land the title and a crack at the All-Ireland in the spring-time.

St Colm’s : Aine Gallagher, Karen McWilliams, LeeAnne Grant, Cathy McKenna, Caroline Rafferty, Paula McElwee 1-1, Noleen McBride, Br¾nagh McGillian 0-2, 0-1 free, Caitriona McBride, Roisin Bradley, Aimee Kelly 0-1, Ellen Kelly 0-1, Ciara Scullion 1-0, Mary Hegarty 1-4, Karen McGovern 1-1.

Subs : Ciarria Groogan for R Bradley, Laoise McNulty, Grainne McGillian, Noeleen McCullagh, Niamh McGovern, Lauren McKenna, Bronagh Regan, Enya Conway, Mary McIvor.

St Columba’s : Olivia Fay, Shauna O’Neill, Sarah Louise Coleman, Kelly Anne Teggart, Margaret Savage, Amey Coulter capt., Claire Keith, Megan Clarke, Catherine Mullan, Niamh Mallon 1-2, Ursula Toner 0-2 frees, Colleen Clarke 0-1, Leanne Coulter, Jenny Martin, Rebecca Martin 1-0.

Subs : Sian Crawford 1-0 for J Martin, Beth Toner for R Martin.




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