Despite a gallant effort the Termon ladies fell short of an Ulster Championship title, outplayed by a classy Donaghmoyne.
They will rue the drawn match just six days earlier as the one that got away; with a two point advantage with just minutes to go, they failed to close out the match.
At yesterday’s replay Donaghmoyne were determined not to allow them the upper hand and from the throw-in moved to assert their dominance in every area of the pitch.
Taking the lead on the five minute mark Donaghmoyne captain, Majella Woods, finished off a fine move combining with Callan and McConnell to fire home the game’s first goal. In the next ten minutes they added two points from Cathriona McConnell.
It was the 21st minute before Termon scored with a Geraldine McLaughlin free she won herself and barely a minute later she fired home a goal from a perfect Roisin Friel pass leaving it 1-01 to 1-02. Donaghmoyne hit back with a point but so did Olive McCafferty from play. As the half ticked down Woods pointed two fine efforts to leave it 1-02 to 1-05 at the break.
Donaghmoyne hit two unanswered scores in the first minutes of the second half, stretching the lead to five.
Then came the turning point of the game when in the space of minutes a lapse in concentration saw the opposition gifted three goals when the Termon ‘keeper dropped two balls and made one poor clearance. Donaghmoyne also kept raining points over the bar. Two Mo O’Donnell frees did little to repair the damage but Laura Gallagher made amends with a fine penalty save late on but in all areas they were outplayed by this year’s champions.
Termon: Laura Gallagher, Marie McFadden, Niamh Friel,, Roisin Friel, Grainne McDaid, Petra McCafferty, Emer Gallagher, Therese McCafferty, Roisin McCafferty, Maria Carr, Olive McCafferty (0-1), Nicole McLaughlin, Maureen O’Donnell (0-2,2f), Sharon McLaughlin, Geraldine McLaughlin (1-1). Subs: Carolyn Duffy for M McFadden 37min, Lucy O’Flynn for M Carr 48min
Donaghmoyne: Linda Martin, Joanne Goeghan, Fiona Courtney, Hazel Kingham, Lisa Kingham, Sharon Courtney, Eileen McElroy, Niamh Callan (0-1) Fiona Lafferty (0-1), Cathriona McConnell (1-5,3f), Majella Woods (1-4), Rosemary Courtney (0-1), Amanda Casey (0-1).