DIVISION 1 LEAGUE
Tues 17 April : Brídíní Óga Glenravel 4-4 Portglenone 2-10
For the second week running Brídíní Óga Glenravel were in with a great chance of claiming their first victory in Division 1, but they couldn’t close the deal and Portglenone, under the cosh for long periods of a very closely contested game, used their greater experience to eke out a draw.
To the home side it may appear like a point lost, given how they shunned scoring chances throughout, but on a few occasions they were lucky not to concede more scores with goalie Rachel McBride and full-back Bern Convery having to come to the rescue at the last moment.
Wayward shooting probably cost the Glenravel girls but in contrast to last year, their first in the top flight, they were competitive in all aspects of the game and have picked up a first league point.
Brídíní Óga got off to a good start when Caoimhe McAleenan’s side-line landed right in the goal area and Ashling Millar forced it over the line. However Portglenone hit back and Rachel McBride brought off a point blank save from Jane Carey before four points in a row – a free from Katie McAleese and points from Roisin Kelly, Shannon Darragh and Jane Carey – put the visitors ahead.
Then a good move down the right wing saw Kirsty Laverty play in Oonagh Ward for a second Glenravel goal. With Caoimhe McAleenan and Oonagh Ward adding points, it looked as if they would go in with a lead at the break.
However Niamh McKee grabbed a point and then Jane Carey forced her way in along the end line and from an acute angle found the roof of the net. Half time : 2-2 to 1-7.
The teams traded early points in the second half but, although Glenravel had a lot of the play, they couldn’t pick off the scores. Eventually they got going during the final quarter with the score of the game. A poc out was fielded by Caoimhe McAleenan who found Torie at the score-board end. She cut in along the end line and her pass cum shot fell invitingly for Laoise McKenna to stab home to level the scores at 3-3 to 1-9.
Caoimhe McAleenan pointed a free and then Oonagh Ward scrambled a goal to put them in the same situation they found themselves in towards the end of the first half.
However again Niamh McKee grabbed a much needed Portglenone point and two minutes from time Jane Carey forced the sliotar home from close range.
Brídíní Óga : Rachael McBride, Sian McNeill, Bern Convery, Lianne Kerr, Kirsten Edgar, Ellen Hynds, Eimhear McAleenan capt., Caoimhe McAleenan 0-3, 0-2 frees, Laoise McKenna 1-0, Shauna Kelly, Joanne McKeown, Torie Edgar, Kirsty Laverty, Ashling Ward 1-0, Oonagh Ward 2-1
Subs : Úna McAleenan, Justine O’Hagan, Lauren Edgar, Gemma McKeown, Caroline McFadden, Bronagh McKay, Eimear Higgins, Sabrina Speir, Beth McAuley, Bronagh Laverty.
Geraldine’s : Patricia McCarry, Una Doherty, Siobhan Doherty, Laura McAleese, Catriona McNicholl, Maria McLarnon, Áine Mulholland, Niamh Doherty, Eimear Donaghy, Shannon Darragh, Katie McAleese, Roisin Kelly, Niamh McKee, Jane Carey, Eimear McKee
Subs : Catherine O’Kane for S Doherty (HT), Nuala Kelly for E McKee (HT)
Referee : Vincent Boyle (Dunloy)