Derry Ladies League Division 2
Eoghan Rua 1-15 Limavady 1-8
In a keenly contested final league match of the season, the Eoghan Rua ladies saw off championship winners Limavady to secure the Division 2 title of the Derry Ladies Football League.
This being the final league game of the season provided an opportunity for both to push on – had Limavady won there would have been a play off for the title but a second half top drawer performance from the home team meant the League title was wrapped up there and then.
The Coleraine girls got off to a flying start with the first four points before Limavady settled to close the gap to one before a late flurry left the scoreline 0.06 to 0.04 at half time to the Coleraine team.
In that first half Aoife Kelly, Naoise Kennedy and Shauna Doherty were the score takers for the home side while Leonie McIlroy and Chloe Mullan were responsible for the Limavady scores.
The match ups all over the pitch gave for some interesting battles as Limavady’s Niamh McIlroy tried to curb the influence of Louise McIntyre, Kelly Logue’s consistent movement at midfield for Limavady kept the Coleraine midfield duo of Aoife Boorman and Sorcha Duggan on their toes.
In the Coleraine defence Brenda Grant was given the task of limiting Leonie McIlroy’s influence, while Saoirse Hassan in the Limavady attack was doing her best to reduce the driving influence of Coleraine centre half back Anna Frizelle.
The second half started well for the home side as Shauna Doherty slotted home for a Coleraine goal after some great approach play from Niamh Archibald, but this was nullified soon after by a Limavady goal when from a Hannah Caldwell through ball Kirsty Neely flicked the ball past Emily Brownhill in the Coleraine goal.
The following ten minutes saw the Coleraine side dominate as three Louise McIntyre and two Anna Frizelle points to a single point reply from Limavady left the home side comfortably ahead at 1-11 to 1-5.
Any forward sojourns by the Limavady girls were being repelled as Brona McGonigle and Brenda Grant in the full back line cut out the attacks, winning possessions and breaking forward.
Limavady withdrew their main score getter, Leonie McIlroy to the half forward line to try to stem the tide, but to no avail as Carmen Owens and then Cara McLaughlin limited her influence.
Further points from Louise McIntyre (2), Anna Frizelle and Shauna Doherty to a three point Limavady reply saw the home team run out as winners on a scoreline of Eoghan Rua 1-15 Limavady 1-8.
In that second-half the Coleraine defence stood up and closed out the Limavady attack to great effect, with Denise McCullagh and Aoife Drumm helping to keep composure among those around them. Lucy O’Kane and Sorcha Duggan proved good outlets for the defence as they made themselves available for the release ball from defence.
Aoife Kelly’s redeployment to the half back line helped too and the tireless running from Anna Frizelle meant that the Coleraine girls would see the game out.
Eoghan Rua: Emily Brownhill, Brona McGonigle, Brenda Grant, Denise McCullagh, Aoife Drumm, Anna Frizelle, Carmen Owens, Sorcha Duggan, Aoife Boorman, Lucy O’Kane, Aoife Kelly, Naoise Kennedy, Shauna Doherty, Louise McIntyre, Niamh Archibald.
Subs@ Cara McLaughlin for Carmen Owens, Megan Coyles, Aine Devine, Danielle Crooks, Dearbhla McCrossan, Francesca Watson
Limavady: Una McGaughey, Molly Canning, Niamh McIlroy, Anna McKeown, Jodie Canning, Hannah Caldwell, Ellie McIlmoyle, Kelly Logue, Aine Quigley, Seana Bonner, Saoirse Hassan, Chloe McManus, Kirsty Neely, Leonie McIlroy, Chloe Mullan
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