Loughmacrory U16 Girls win championship opener
Loughmacrory Under 16 girls football team are into the penultimate stage of the Grade 2 Championship this season following a terrific win over a fancied Drumragh side in the quarter final of the series on Sunday.
Having lost both league meetings to Drumragh this season, the St. Teresa’s girls were up against it to negotiate this tough test successfully but in delivering the side’s best performance of the season to date, managed to hold on to win through 5-5 to 4-4.
Ultimately it was a tremendous all-round team performance that ensured victory for Loughmacrory. They showed up well from an early stage with Caitlin Conway controlling the centre of defence, Lauren Fox impressing with runs from the half back line, Maeve Gallagher and Aine Donaghy excelling with their work-rate from midfield and Shauna Curran, Michaela Curran, Grainne Gordon and Mairead Fox all on top of their game in attack. Chloe O’Brien, Ellie Murphy and Niamh Fox also showed up very well in a great team display from the girls.
Three superbly taken goals from Mairead Fox, one from the penalty spot, proved decisive while Chloe O’Brien and Grainne Gordon both added goals in the tie. Mairead Fox, who at just twelve years of age showed incredible pace in skill up front, also chipped in with three fine points and Maeve Gallagher and Aine Donaghy were also on target during the tie. Loughmacrory had opened up a 5-5 to 2-4 lead entering the final five minutes of play and did have to endure a nervous finish when the home side bagged a late brace of goals to leave four between them. But relentless tackling and endeavour ensured that Loughmacrory held out to secure their place in the Championship semi final.