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Senior Ladies Lose Ruth McGrath Semi Final
Nov. 18, 2018
RUTH McGRATH CUP SEMI FINAL: St. Pat's 0-10 v 2-1 Belcoo
The Senior Ladies suffered a three point defeat in the Ruth McGrath Cup Semi Final at the weekend. It was a below par display from the O’Rahilly’s who never really hit the heights of other matches this season over the course of the hour despite a promising opening 7minutes that seen them hit an early 1-1, they could only muster one more score in the game, a second half goal from Collette Rice.
Despite the lack of scores, they remained just one kick of the ball from their opponents during the remainder of the game. A well struck shot from Donna Feeley with the last attack of the game almost levelled the contest but a fine stop on the goal-line denied the extra time.
The bulk of the scores in the game came in the first ten minutes, St. Pat’s had 4points registered while Belcoo had their goal and point. Collette Rice knocking over the point from the left wing while Tina Gallagher netted the goal after Aine Barrett had did very well in the build up.
The O’Rahilly’s laboured a bit after this and St. Pat’s began to win the majority of the individual battles throughout the field. The home side could squander some great chances for scores, to their credit, some good pressure was applied by the Belcoo defence forcing shots off target. St. Pat’s though would hit three in a row to hold a 0-7 to 1-1 half time lead.
Belcoo began the second half with a bit more hunger. The strong running of Lisa Stewart drove the side on with Aine Barrett continuing to link play well while Crona Higgins had a great second half. Defensively Belcoo tightened up and only gave up three points in the 30minutes, there were some heart in the mouth moments at the back as bodies were thrown in front of the ball to keep efforts out.
At the other end, scores were hard to come by. A great move down the left yielded the goal by Rice while moments later Donna Feeley had the ball in the net but it was ruled off for a very very soft free out.
Belcoo never stopped working and they tried and pressed really hard in the closing 10minutes despite being down a player. Half chances and promising openings came and went as the goal the craved to tie the match never materialised.
St. Pat’s will meet Ederney in the Final. Belcoo’s attention now turns to the League Promotion Playoff, they play Knockninny while Enniskillen meet Belnaleck. The two winners will play a Final for promotion to Division 2.
Team (13 a side): Linda McGovern, Leona McNulty, Crona Higgins, Joan Rice, Michelle Cullen, Arlene Furey, Eimear Higgins, Lisa Stewart, Tina Gallagher (1-0), Collette Rice (1-1), Aine Barrett, Donna Feeley, Amanda McGrath. Subs Used: Tamara Dolan, Aoife Keaney.
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