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Championship defeat for Under-14 girls

Eoghan Rua Under 14 girls football team played Claudy in the Under-14 Championship Shield last Wednesday evening in Coleraine. In their previous Feile encounter Claudy had won comfortably and so were favoured to progress. The Coleraine team started brightly and took the lead with a point from wing half forward Shauna Doherty. In an end to end first half Claudy were proving to be more accurate in front of goal. While some great opportunism was shown by Shauna Doherty as she managed two first half goals to go along with a great strike from Anna Morrison, the Eoghan Rua defence were under pressure each time Claudy moved the ball forward. Anna Frizelle and Brenda Grant in the centre of the Coleraine defence were struggling with the direct running of the Claudy girls. The midfield were also finding possession hard to come by and while Aoife Bradley and Aoife Boorman were putting in a great effort, the bigger and more powerful Claudy girls were proving difficult to contain. The Claudy half forwards were also making things difficult for the Coleraine half backs of Darcey Kelly, and Niamh Boorman, and while positional switching of Anna Frizelle and Brenda Grant helped somewhat the damage had been done as Claudy had notched 3-02 at that stage. Cora Lagan was unfortunate for the major scores as she was faced with a one on one situation for most of them. Claudy went on to score a further 3-01 in the first half.

When the Coleraine girls got the ball forward they were good at keeping possession and creating chances. Francesca Watson and Niamh Morrison were making things difficult for the Claudy defence and great teamwork helped provide the opportunities for a point apiece from Anna Morrison and Shauna Doherty. Leah Dollard followed this up with a long distance effort leaving the half time score Claudy 6-3, Coleraine 3-4.

The second half started with Anna Morrison moving to midfield and Aoife Boorman reverting to defence. Shannon Neill moved to goalkeeping duties and Shauna Doherty moved to centre half forward.

The moves appeared to bolster the defence and Anna Frizelle, Naoise Kennedy and Aoife Boorman were keeping the Claudy full forwards at bay. Brenda Grant, Niamh Boorman and Darcey Kelly were having a great battle with the half forwards. Despite Aoife Bradley and Anna Morrison battling at midfield the Coleraine girls were finding it difficult to find their forwards out of defence. When they did get the ball forward the Claudy defence were making things difficult for Eve Lundy, Niamh Morrison and Francesca Watson. Leah Dollard was trying hard also but one Anna Morrison second half point following some neat interplay with Shauna Doherty was all they could muster. Claudy had a dubious penalty goal to add to their five second half points and ran out winners on a scoreline of 7-8 to 3-5.

Team: Cora Lagan, Shannon Neill, Brenda Grant, Naoise Kennedy, Niamh Boorman, Anna Frizelle, Darcey Kelly, Aoife Bradley, Aoife Boorman, Shauna Doherty (2-2), Anna Morrison (1-2), Leah Dollard (0-1), Niamh Morrison, Eve Lundy, Francesca Watson, subs: Caoimhe Hamill for Eve Lundy, Grace Taylor for Cora Lagan.

A first season for the Eoghan Rua Under-14 girls comes to an end. From a start where they were losing heavily to the likes of Glen, Ballymaguigan and Magherafelt in the Derry Feile to the highlights of wins over Ardoyne Kickhams in the Ulster feile, Ballinderry in the league and Craigbane in the Championship it has been an eventful few months of activity. Another undoubted highlight was the journey to Croke Park where the Eoghan Rua girls had the opportunity to play in an inter-county club blitz.

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