Umbro FAI Schools Senior Girls Ulster Final
Loreto seal Ulster title
Carndonagh Community School 2
Loreto Sec School, Letterkenny 7
Loreto Secondary School from Letterkenny put in an excellent performance to seal the Umbro FAI Schools Senior Girls Ulster title against Carndonagh Community School in cockhill on Tuesday.
Although the Inishowen side produced a disciplined and battling display they were no match for a slick Loreto outfit for whom Geraldine McLaughlin, Lauren Harper and captain Ciara Grant were just too hot to handle.
Indeed, McLaughlin helped herself to four goals while Harper also claimed a hat-trick as Loreto ran out convincing winners but Carndonagh's spirited performance was deservedly rewarded with two late consolation goals.
The opening goal came on three minutes when Natalie Sweeney released Geraldine McLaughlin who neatly tucked the ball beyond the advancing Lafferty. Then, McLaughlin turned provider to square for the unmarked Harper to slot home.
Loreto added a third on 15 minutes when McLaughlin and Harper combined again for the latter to drill home her second goal after her initial shot was well blocked by Georgina Gordon.
Lafferty was having a fine game in goal for Carndonagh but she could do little about Loreto's fourth on the half hour when Grant released Harper whose well weighted through ball was rifled home by McLaughlin for her second. It was Loreto who enjoyed a four-goal cushion at the interval.
Loreto ruthlessly pushed forward in the second half and McLaughlin completed her hat-trick, tucking the ball home at the near post.
Three minutes later Lauren Harper claimed her own hat-trick as she stole a yard on the Carndonagh back four to pick up a Grant throughball and neatly finished into the bottom left corner.
Carndonagh, to their credit, refused to lie down and although Geradine McLaughlin added her fourth and Loreto's seventh with a brilliantly placed shot from the edge of the box on 64 minutes.
With five minutes remaining Colleen Kearney got the goal her attacking play deserved as Georgina Gordon broke down the right and squared for the striker who coolly rounded the ‘keeper before passing the ball into the empty net.
Aisling McCallion added another consolation goal with three minutes left when she latched onto a Kearney pass and drilled the ball home.
CARNDONAGH CS: Eimear Lafferty, Aisling McCallion, Kerry McDaid, Amy McCarron, Helen Kelly, Rosemary Doherty, Colleen Kearney, Georgina Gordon, Karen McLaughlin, Rebecca Gibbons, Louise McLaughlin.
Subs: Simone McLaughlin
LORETO: Mary O'Donnell, Emer Gallagher, Nadine Crawford, Maria Carr, Kaneshia McKinney, Ciara Grant, Amy Thompson, Lauren Harper, Marion Doherty, Geraldine McLaughlin, Natalie Sweeney. SUBS: Dara Kelly, Sabhdha Medlar, Alice Diver, Niamh McMenamin, Rose Boyle, Hanna Carr
REFEREE: Liam Porter