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Ladies Lose Out In Ulster JFC

posted 9 Oct 2017, 07:32 by St Johns GAC

Ulster Ladies JFC QF        St John’s (Down) 1-08 v 2-09 Cornafean (Cavan)

8th October 2017 @ Pairc Naomh Eoin


St John’s’ Ulster adventure was short-lived as they suffered their one and only defeat of the season at the hands of the Cavan champions Cornafean. Indeed, given that they were given a home draw for this tie, the Johnnies didn’t even have to travel outside the county, with the exception of a spying mission by management to watch the Cavan final.


The first half was a close affair. In the opening five minutes the sides traded a couple of scores each. The scoring stopped for a while after that but Elaine Madine had to be at her sharpest to turn away a goal-bound shot from Kellie Johnston for the visitors. Shortly afterwards Cornafean took the lead for the first time as Siobhan King pushed forward from the back to fire over. The lead was short-lived as Cushla Savage pointed a free for the Johnnies.


Halfway through the opening period St John’s got a major breakthrough when good work by Cushla Savage set up Brea McKee to finish to the net. However they did not build on this advantage, failing to score again until the break despite shooting three wides and dropping one effort short. Whilst Cornafean fired a couple of wides themselves they were able to tag on another couple of point, from Kellie Johnston and Deirbhle McCaffrey, to reduce the margin to the minimum, 1-03 v 0-05, at the turnaround.      


The second half wasn’t very old before Cornafean levelled the scores. Worse was to come for Johnnies as a free from Amy Wharton dropped into the net. It was a blow from which St John’s failed to recover. Cornafean added another point before Brea McKee pulled one back, but another free from Amy Wharton restored the four point advantage. St John’s were then disrupted by an injury to Cushla Savage who had to leave the field. Her opponent was sin-binned but the numerical advantage failed to make any difference. Indeed the next score was a major for the Cavan girls to given them a six point advantage at 1-05 v 2-08.   


St John’s rallied with the next three scores, all pointed frees from Keavy Burns, to reduce the margin to a single score but as the clock ticked past the 30 minute mark Cornafean got the last point of the game.


There were ten minutes added for injuries but neither side raised a flag during this period. St John’s were desperate to get scores but sometimes that urgency counted against them as ambitious passes were intercepted while Cornafean couple play on the break where St John’s back had to be at their most disciplined.


St John’s: Elaine Madine; Roisin McMullan, Grainne McCann, Martine McGarry; Aoife King, Aoife McClean, Amy McCourt; Aisleen Morgan, Carissa McLister; Emma McNeill, Brea McKee, Louise Morgan; Alannah Megoran, Cushla Savage, Keevy Burns. Subs used: Vanessa Boyd for Amy McCourt, Paula McKay for Roisin McMullan, Orla Morgan for Cushla Savage, Catherine Keenan for Aisleen Morgan, Rachel Savage, Caitlin Savage, Ellen Magorrian, Aisling Savage, Eimer Flynn, Kathleen Milligan, Kirsten McKeown, Jessica McKeown, Bria Cunningham, Siobhan McCann.


Cornafean: Aoife Miney, Nicole Kilkenny, Edel Sheridan, Ciara Duffy; Jemma Wilson, Siobhan King, Deirdre Tully; Bronach McGovern, Amy Wharton; Aisling Smith, Roisin Barry, Rebecca Smith; Deirbhle McCaffrey, Rebecca Dunne, Kellie Johnston. Orla Smith, Anna Tully, Louise O’Reilly, Aine Brady, Aoife McDermot, Orlaith McGovern, Edel Brady, Hazel Sheridan, Kate McEvoy, Emer Cullen, Miranda McIntyre, Catherine Sheridan, Shannon Laheen.