Corn Eimhear title returns to Ballycastle
Thursday, 17 November 2016
Cross and Passion Ballycastle.....7-8
St Patrick's Maghera...................2-5
CROSS and Passion Ballycastle have retained the Ulster Schools' Corn Eimhear title with a comfortable victory over St Patrick's Maghera.
They imposed themselves on the game from the start and went 1-3 up inside the first five minutes, the goal scored by captain Charley McCarry, making it 3-4 to a pointed free from Olivia Rafferty by the end of the first quarter.
Ballycastle pinned their opponents back for the duration of the opening half with Meabh O'Neill bursting through from defence, Roisin McCormick and Ciara Laverty dominating at midfield and Maeve Kelly, Charley McCarry and Carla McGarry dangerous up front.
Ceat McEldowney and her defence worked hard to stem the flow, but it wasn't until after the break that Olivia Rafferty and Eilis Toner got opportunities to run at the Ballycastle defence and tot up a few scores. Roisin McCormick scored an excellent solo goal, Carla McGarry picked up two poor clearances to hit the net and Annie Lynn scored a fifth goal right on half-time as Ballycastle took a 5-4 to 1-2 interval lead, Maria Rafferty sweeping home Maghera's goal in a rare attack.
Mairead Comer was the busier of the two goalies and she pulled off several great saves while her opposite number Becky Ellis got a chance to prove her worth with two fine stops near the end.
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