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Shane O'Neill's see off Kinawley challenge after a rocky start

Louise Gunn

Ulster Club Ladies’ IFC final: Shane O’Neill’s (Armagh) 8-7 Kinawley (Fermanagh) 6-9 

SHANE O’Neill’s recovered from a rocky start to emerge four point winners over Kinawley in yesterday’s Ulster Club Ladies’ Intermediate Championship final at Derrymacash.

Aoibheann Jones and Aimee Mackin both scored hat-tricks for the champions in a game that yielded an incredible 14 goals, almost half of the 30 scores contributed by both teams.

Fermanagh champions Kinawley made the perfect start and within nine minutes were 2-2 to no score ahead, Shauna Melanaphy and Lisa Maguire registering goals in the seventh and ninth minutes respectively.

Jones got Shane O’Neill’s up and running with their first point in the 10th minute and by the end of the first quarter the sides were level at 2-2 apiece with Jones and Blaithin Mackin grabbing the goals for Shane O’Neill’s.

The sides were level two more times in the first half before Jones struck for her second major in the 23rd minute, that followed up by another Mackin goal, this time Aimee and it was Shane O’Neills who went in at the break 4-5 to 2-5 ahead.

The game went goal crazy in the second half with more green flags raised than white. The first two scores after the resumption were points, one each, before Jones completed her hat-trick in the 32nd minute.

Lisa Maguire got her second goal for Kinawley to make it 5-6 to 3-6 before midfielder and player-of-the-match Shauna Gray got Shane O’Neill’s sixth goal to extend their lead 6-6 to 3-6.

But within the space of two minutes, Kinawley were right back in the game when Alanna Maher struck for two goals in the 42nd and 44th minutes and there was just a goal between them, 6-7 to 5-7.

However, that was gap was short-lived and Aimee Mackin put six between them with 15 minutes remaining.

Maher replied with two points for Kinawley to reduce the deficit to four, but Mackin wrapped up her own hat-trick with her side’s eighth goal to make sure of the silverware.

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