The 20 team strong, 7 week Winter League organised by the Belfast Community Sports Development Network concluded at on Sat 20th Feb
In the quarter final St Enda's beat Carryduff only to be immediately beats by St Paul's in the first of the semi-finals.
Con Magees girls lined out against Sarsfields in the second semi-final. Although we'd beaten the Stewartstown Road team over the past 3 weeks, this was never going to be an easy assignment. We played against the breeze in the opening half and even though we were under pressure at times we went in at half time 6 points to 4 up. Aided with the breeze in the second period we ran out convincing winners.
The final game threw up a tussle between statistically the two best teams in the 20 team tournament. The head-to-head going into the final stood at two victories to St Paul's to our one, so it was all to play for.
Playing with the breeze in the first period our girls took the game to St Pauls. It was end to end stuff however at half time we were only one point in the lead. The second half got off to the worse start for us as St Paul's went into a 1 point advantage. Again it was end to end with both defences letting nothing past. It was anyone's games until finally the Belfast team picked out 2 points in the dying minute to seal their victory.
This was a very useful pre-season tournament where all of the 23 strong panel have had a chance to shine. Fair play to these girls who have turned out every Saturday since the first weekend in January, in some atrocious weather conditions and being prepared to travel for games early on Saturday mornings when most reading this report would still be in their beds.
Thanks to BCSDN coaches Emma, Seamus & Sean for organising this successful tournament & providing good competitive football for upwards on 300 girls every week.
Now for our girls to concentrate on County Antrim Féile, league & Championship where based on what we've seen from our panel in this competition, we will have realistic ambitions of success.
Panel: Aimee Traynor, Alisha McPeake, Aoife Kelly, Bronagh Laverty, Cassie McQuillan, Catherine Robbin, Ellie O'Donnell, Fionnuala Kerr, Jamie Woulahan, Lauren McQuillan, Maeve Mulholland, Maria McKenna, Meabh Fyfe, Meabh McIlwaine, Niamh Donnelly, Niamh McKay, Neve Wilkinson, Orla Donnelly, Orla Fyfe, Rachel Coulter, Rosin Harkin, Sinead McKeown, Shauna McDonnell.