2017 Corn Eimhear – Ulster Schools Junior A
Corn Eimhear final
Cross & Passion Ballycastle 9-14 St Catherine’s Armagh 4-7
Yesterday’s Corn Eimhear final in Ballinderry turned into a score-fest as Cross and Passion Ballycastle took their third title in succession after a game that delivered 34 scores. Cross and Passion dominated the first 20 minutes to go 4-6 to 1-2 ahead, but then seemed to lose their way as St Catherine’s Armagh took control and narrowed the gap to just a goal, 4-6 to 3-6.
Unfortunately the break came too soon for them and CPC got the opportunity to re-organise. The team leaders, Ciara Laverty in defence and Riana McBride, who moved to centre-forward, took over for the second half and put the game out of Armagh’s reach.
In the end of the day, the winners had seven players, including sharp substitute Clodagh O’Kane, who were able to hit the target more than once, while St Catherine’s overly depended on Caoimhe Donnelly and Casey Mullen for their scores.
Riana McBride finished with a personal tally of 3-7, her first goal coming after just three minutes in response to an opening free from Caoimhe Donnelly. Ballycastle had gone 1-4 to 0-1 ahead by the 10th minute when Casey Mullen stabbed home a goal for Armagh. However Nuala Devlin skilfully set up McBride for her second a couple of minutes later and further goals from Alicia Butler and a brilliant strike from Orlagh Laverty left Ballycastle 13 points ahead and seemingly in control. Then Caoimhe Donnelly hit back with a goal direct from a free and when Ciara O’Kane finished off another in the 24th minute, it brought the game back to life and Armagh finished the half strongly with the gap now just a goal. Riana McBride set the tone for the second half with an early point which was followed by goals for Alicia Butler and then McBride direct from a free. Armagh continued to work hard in search of scores, but Ballycastle were clinical on the break and further goals followed for sub Clodagh O’Kane (2) and Aine Magill. The excellent Caoimhe Donnelly goaled direct from a free in the 59th minute but Riana McBride fittingly finished the scoring with a super point from play, leaving a final score-line that looked a lot more comfortable than the general play suggested.
CPC : B Ellis, C McArthur, M McGarry, E Kyle, F Toner, C Laverty, C Hegarty, K Laverty, E McShane, N Devlin 0-2, A Lynn 0-2, A Magill 1-2, A Butler 2-0, R McBride 3-7, 1-3 frees, O Laverty 1-1
Subs : C O’Kane 2-0 for F Toner (23), C Hamilton for E Kyle (55), S McKillop for A Butler (55)
St Catherine’s : C Kelly, S Nugent, S Gildernew, C Conlon, S McCreesh, E Lavery, A McCreesh, O O’Kane, F Fitzpatrick, H Duffy, C Donnelly 2-4, 2-3 frees, B McClelland, C O’Kane 1-0, C Mullen 1-2, M Horsfield
Subs : A McMahon for C Mullen (50),
CPC : Becky Ellis, Cassie McArthur, Megan McGarry, Erin Kyle, Fionnuala Toner, Ciara Laverty, Caitlin Hegarty, Katie Laverty, Enya McShane, Nuala Devlin 0-2, Annie Lynn 0-2, Aine Magill 1-2, Alishia Butler 2-0, Rhiana McBride 3-7, 1-3 frees, Orlagh Laverty 1-1
Subs : Clodagh O’Kane 2-0 for F Toner (23), Christina Hamilton for E Kyle (55), Shauna McKillop for A Butler (55), Brid Magill, Bronagh Magill, Naomi Williams, Shauna Huey, Aoife McCurry, Grainne O’Neill, Nuala McCaughan, Maillie Donnelly, Fionnuala Kelly
St Catherine’s : Chloe Kelly, Sarah Nugent, Shannon Gildernew, Clara Conlon, Sara McCreesh, Ellen Lavery, Alanna McCreesh, Orla O’Kane, Faye Fitzpatrick, Hannah Duffy, Caoimhe Donnelly 2-4, 2-3 frees, Brodie McClelland, Clara O’Kane 1-0, Casey Mullen 1-2, Morgan Horsfield
Subs : Ashlinn McMahon for C Mullen (50), Emily McKernan, Aiveen Grew, Alannah Webster, Alice Convie, Stephanie Fox, Rosie Donnelly