Fanad Gaels Minor Ladies came from behind twice to lead St Eunan’s in this entertaining final played in a rain soaked Burn Road, Termon on Saturday.
St Eunan’s 1-4
Fanad Gaels 2-0
With a near gale force wind in their backs that blew from Doon Rock to Lough Salt, Gaels opened brightly but had a lot to do to curb the free roaming St Eunan’s pair of Sinead Hession and Lauren O’Connell.
But the Gaels, who had big performers in Roisin Carr and Mairead Coll, were not overawed by the presence of Eunan’s in the final.
Indeed such was Fanad Gaels determination to snatch a winner in the dying moments with both teams level at 1-3 to 2-0 that St Eunan’s caught them on the break. Fanad Gaels defenders were forced to commit a professional foul and St Eunan’s captain Niamh McMenamin took the responsibility to put St Eunan’s into the lead from all of thirty five yards with two minutes of injury time played.
Try as they might Fanad Gaels could not break down the St Eunan’s rearguard to gain the equaliser and as efficient referee Petra McCafferty, Termon sounded the final whistle St Eunan’s had won by the smallest margin
Afterwards organiser Grainne McCafferty, Termon Ladies board, spoke about the importance of participation in sport.
Dara Kelly from the host Club presented a bouquet of flowers to Maura McGlynn, while Harry McGlynn on behalf of McGlynn family presented the Karen McGlynn memorial cup to St Eunan’s captain Niamh McMenamin.
St Eunan’s panel: Laura Crawford, Aoise Molloy, Annie Carr, Kaniesha McKinney, Lauren O’Connell, Lauren Harper, Sadbha Medler, Naomi McMenamin, Rose Boyle, Aisling Breen, Niamh McMenamin, Una Maguire, Hannah Carr, Sinead Hession, Nadine Crawford , Siobhan Halpin, Megan Reid, Iarla Blaney, Sinead dunne, Roisin McMonagle, Emma Horgan, Fiona McDaid.
Fanad Gaels Panel: Rosheen McGinley, Orla McGonigle, Shauna McDevitt, Heather Dougherty, Roisin Carr, Shannen Sweeney, Eimear Gibbons, Mairead Coll, Michelle Doherty, Aoife McDevitt , Sarah Sweeney, Aisling McDermott, Niamh Ginley , Aisling McDevitt, Shauna Howe , Shona Rodges , Niamh McGettigan, Mariossa Friel, Megan Martin ,Orla Sweeney, Tanita Dorran, Aisling Shiels