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Sky Blues canít contain delight as camogs soar to U14 League victory.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Sky Blues canít contain delight as camogs soar to U14 League victory. thumbnailThe Mayobridge U14 camogie team celebrates winning the U14 League.

ON Tuesday evening (3 October) Mayobridge U14 camogs set out for Kilcoo to play Clonduff in the final of the U14 League.

Having won the U14 Championship on the previous Sunday the girls were striving to complete the double, but they knew that they were facing a tough task in the shape of their neighbours.

The 'Bridge dominated the early exchanges but missed several scoring opportunities and as Clonduff began to settle they took the lead with a goal and a point.

These scores roused the Sky Blues into action with Caitlin Coulter hitting the net and this was followed closely by a cracking goal from Grace Cunningham.

Points from Caitlin Coulter, Ella Gribben and Grace Cunningham nudged the 'Bridge into a three-point lead, but Clonduff were not holding back and they hit the net just before the break to draw level.

 

Half-time score: Clonduff 2-3 Mayobridge 2-3.

 

The Sky Blues refocused at half time knowing they had to give it all to clinch the League title and upped their performance considerably in the second half.

The defence played brilliantly, going through a mountain of work to snuff out many dangerous attacks and supplied good ball into the forward division.

Aoife Trainor worked tirelessly and was rewarded with two points followed by a wonderful goal, the result of her very determined play.

Caitlin Coulter brought her tally to 3-1 with two fine goals and with the 'Bridge restricting the Hilltown side to just a goal and a point, the 'Bridge girls' hunger for the win was evident.

Grace Cunningham topped off a fine performance with a superb point and Ella Gribben put the icing on the cake with a smashing goal which secured the league title and the double for Mayobridge.

This was a true display of talented camogie players from both sides.

Clonduff have been the biggest threat this year and have come out deserving runners-up and the 'Bridge can look forward to future challenges with their neighbours.

Final score: Clonduff 3-4 Mayobridge 6-6.

Mayobridge team and scorers: Ella Rice, Rachael Green, Aoife Martin, Leah O'Hare, Aoibheann Woods, Laura Greenan, Grace Cunningham (1-2), Ella Gribben (1-1), Aoife Trainor (1-2), Ellie Carr, Ceri Magone, Caitlin Coulter (3-1).

Subs: Katie Rooney, Emily Fitzpatrick, Rachael Toal McConville, Orla McElroy, Chloe Hillen and Ella Fitzpatrick.

As well as winning the U14 League and Championship the 'Bridge won the Down U14 Feile.

The whole club is very proud of these young ladies, for their dedication and commitment all season and the talent they display is beyond their years and have been a real joy to watch.

Great credit is also due to their mentors, Bridgeen Coulter, Breige Greene and Corinne Toal and to Mairead Rooney for all the organising and work behind the scenes, Tim Colhoun and Dympna Magee for the very enjoyable training sessions and finally to all the parents, ensuring that their children get to and from training and attending matches.

Any hopes the 'Bridge senior footballers had of the Division One title were virtually extinguished on Tuesday evening, when visitors Clonduff turned in an impressive performance to stroll to an unexpected easy victory.

A ridiculous black card given to Ryan Brady early in the first half was a major blow to the 'Bridge and the concession of two goals, one because of a goalkeeping error and the other from a penalty left, the home side with a mountain to climb.

At half-time the game was as good as over with some marvellous scores from the Clonduff forward line helping the Yellas to lead 2-9 to 0-4.

The calamity of errors continued for the Sky Blues in the second half as two more blunders led to goals for Clonduff. The Hilltown men were full value for the victory and when the final whistle sounded at the end, it was probably a relief to the 'Bridge players. It certainly was for the supporters.

Final score: Mayobridge 0-8 Clonduff 4-15. Mayobridge scorers: Cathal Magee (0-2), Kevin McClorey (0-2), Conal Poland (0-1), Conleth O'Hare (0-1), Conor Garvey (0-1), Rory Hughes (0-1).

The members, friends and whole Mayobridge GAC community were deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the untimely passing of our former player, great friend and loyal supporter, Kevin Barry RIP.

Kevin's sons Martin, Paul, Gavin and Damien have all worn the Mayobridge jersey with distinction and of that Kevin was truly proud.

We tender our heartfelt sympathy to his wife Margaret, sons Martin, Paul, Gavin and Damian, his brothers and sisters and the entire Barry family circle. Ar dheis Dť go raibh a anam.

Lotto numbers for Monday, 2 October were 3, 12, 28 and 30.

There was no winner of the jackpot of £10,300. There were four match three winners, P Magee (Gorman's Bar), Thelma McKnight (Grant's Shop), Catriona Marron (Seamus Grant Jnr), Lorraine Connolly (Mayobridge Pharmacy).

The jackpot is now £10,400. Promoters Draw Winner; Peter O'Hare .

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